Over a hundred customers queued inside Apple’s flagship store in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai on Friday, waiting to pick up their iPhone 15 orders on the first day of in-store availability.
How Apple’s latest iPhone sells in China is under close scrutiny by fans and market watchers alike, after widening curbs on iPhone use by government staff and the release of a high-end rival from domestic manufacturer Huawei sparked concern about demand for the device in its third-largest market.
But the strength of pre-orders in the world’s second-largest economy, which began last Friday, has eased worries, with delivery times pushed into November and the premium iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max selling out in just one minute on Alibaba’s Tmall e-commerce site.
Local media reported the queue at the store on Shanghai’s East Nanjing road shopping belt started forming at 5 a.m.
Among those at the store was social media influencer Zhang Ming, 25, who said she wanted to try out the iPhone 15 after being unsuccessful in pre-ordering online.
“I always like to look (at the new devices). When I buy Apple products I only look at the color. If I like the color I will buy it,” she said.
The iPhone 15 includes a new titanium shell, a faster chip and improved video-game playing abilities. Apple also surprised by not raising prices, reflecting the global smartphone slump.