Ap­ple fans in 7 heaven

Fans queue all night at Ap­ple Store

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Sar­wat Nasir @Sar­watNasir sar­wat@7days.ae

Some waited for 10 hours and slept on the mall floor, oth­ers flew in from Saudi Ara­bia – but they all came for one thing: Ap­ple’s lat­est gad­gets.

iPhone su­per­fans queued in their hun­dreds out­side the firm’s store in the Mall of the Emi­rates to get their hands on the new musthave mo­bile.

The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2 was launched yes­ter­day to much fan­fare at Dubai’s Ap­ple Store at 8am. But it was not a mat­ter of ar­riv­ing at 7.55am and walk­ing into the store, many Ap­ple fa­nat­ics spent the night wait­ing for the of­fi­cial launch. Ap­ple’s new iPhone 7 made head­lines af­ter news broke that the com­pany had re­moved the head­phone jack in the new model and re­placed with a ‘light­ning’ con­nec­tor in­stead. The Ap­ple ‘AirPods’ - wire­less head­phones that sync across all Ap­ple de­vices – were also re­leased and it was also re­vealed the phone is water re­sis­tant.

‘ IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT’ First in the queue out­side the Ap­ple Store was 22-yearold Ahmed Al­ha­jri, who flew in from Saudi Ara­bia and waited 10 hours in­side the mall to get the new iPhone 7.

He said: “It was a long wait but it was worth it. When I found out that they were re­leas­ing the phone in the UAE, I knew I had to come.

“I didn’t know how many peo­ple would be wait­ing out­side, so I came the night be­fore and waited un­til morn­ing. “Now that I have the phone, I feel happy. “I’m a huge Ap­ple fan and I get very ex­cited each time they re­lease a new prod­uct.”

‘I WOULD HAVE WAITED FOR 48 HOURS’

Faisal Masih was an­other fa­natic who spent the night in­side the mall to buy the new phone.

The 30-year-old Pak­istani restau­rant su­per­vi­sor bought three iPhone 7s and the new Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2.

He said: “I was here over the night with my

friends. We just sat on a bench and talked and waited.

“I bought three iPhones; one is for me and two for my friends. The watch is for me. I would’ve waited for 48 hours if I had to. Ev­ery­one’s been talk­ing about the phone, and I had to get it.” Some Ap­ple fans pre-or­dered the phone on­line to avoid the long wait.

‘I NEED A GOOD CAM­ERA’

Larissa An­drade, 23, an In­dian re­cruit­ment of­fi­cer in Dubai, had hers pre­booked on­line be­fore she ar­rived at the Ap­ple store.

She said: “My hus­band had booked it on­line for me. He knows how much I love Ap­ple.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited that I have the new iPhone. I re­ally wanted it be­cause of its cam­era qual­ity. I’m a food blogger so I need a good cam­era.” The iPhone 7 sold out yes­ter­day and is again on sale to­day, start­ing at 6am.

FIRST IN LINE: Ahmed Al­ha­jri had waited 10 hours in Mall of the Emi­rates to get his hands on an iPhone 7. In­set, Faisal Masih is de­lighted with his three phones and new watch

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