A sea of people, and a robot, thronged to the stores to purchase the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that hit stores on Friday. Expected to sell 12 million to 13 million in the first weekend, the newest version of the iPhones will surpass last year’s sales – 10 million – when iPhone 6’s launch was delayed in China.
Also present in the crowd waiting to purchase the new iPhone 6s in a cold and rainy day in Sydney was a telepresence robot, Lucy.
“I obviously have my work and other things to attend to and can’t spend two days lining up so my boss at work suggested I take one of the robots down and use it to stand in my place,” Lucy Kelly, operator of Lucy, said through an iPad positioned on top of the robot. “I love new gadgets. The new camera is meant to be amazing.”
According to CNBC, pre-order sales have suggested that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will break the first weekend record of last year. iPhone has been Apple’s biggest-selling device. “The stage is set for Apple to show year-over-year growth over the Herculean iPhone 6 sales,” FBR Capital Markets senior analyst, Daniel Ives, said.
Fans from all over the world camped out days ahead of the release of the new iPhones, as reported by Cult of Mac.
The iPhone 6, released last year, had several redesigned attributes, including a larger screen and an inclusion of mobile payments. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s incorporate even more additional improvements – including modified cameras and a 3D touch, and a display feature that responds according to how hard the user taps on their screens.
“Today is like Christmas for pocket film makers all around the world because the iPhone 6S Plus is like the newest, greatest toy we have to play with,” Jason van Genderen, who makes movies on smartphones, said. “I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s astounding. The camera craft has now come up to story telling craft.”
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