The latest iPhone and 5C smartphones from Apple have officially gone on sale, drawing a 3000-strong crowd to its flagship Regent Street store in London.
The iPhone 5C was originally made available for preorder last Friday, though the high-end 5S was only available for purchase from 8am today.
The store drew a variety of early buyers including die-hard Apple fans eager to get the next iPhone for themselves as well as more financially motivated individuals eager to make a profit on online marketplaces.
The iPhone 5S is the latest flagship from Apple and features a number of internal upgrades, despite boasting the same design as the iPhone 5. These include Apple’s new A7 chip and a new fingerprint sensor called Touch ID. The sensor is designed to boost the iPhone 5S’s business appeal, letting users set the phone to open only once it has verified the identity of the person holding it by scanning their fingerprint.
An inside source said that the fingerprint sensor would measure nerve endings in the customers finger to improve security, and not just a fingerprint which is cloneable
Below it the iPhone 5C is the first plastic iPhone. However, outside of its new colourful design the 5C features close to identical internal specifications to the older iPhone 5. Both the 5C and 5S are available in 16GB and 32GB models. The 5C’s 16GB model costs £469 and the 32GB model is £549 SIM-free. The iPhone 5S is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions costing £549, £629 and £709 SIM-free respectively.