Apple's iPhone 8 sees muted launch

The new function has irritated users who want Wi Fi and Bluetooth switched off. Source Getty Images

The new function has irritated users who want Wi Fi and Bluetooth switched off. Source Getty Images

Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have arrived, and despite shorter lines and smaller crowds than previous launches, some die-hard fans have queued as long as 10 days to be among the first to lay their hands on the new phones.

That compares with rises of 3, 4.1 and 6.1 per cent in the weeks after its flagship product launches in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, according to data from Dow Jones.

Today is the day the phone went on sale to the general public.

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It's iPhone 8 day! He now plans to wait for the iPhone X. However, hours after both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were available, there were not many takers, and there was still stock left with September 22 delivery dates available either online or for in-store pickup, notes MacRumors. The iPhone maker reported $1.67 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.10.

Head out to your local Apple store, wireless carrier store, or electronics retailer, and you'll probably be in and out.

You already know what the iPhone 8 looks like - it's just like the last three generations of iPhones, but with a glass back.

Meanwhile, Apple touted the iPhone X-which sells for $999 to $1,149 in the USA -as the smartphone of the future, leaving other models in limbo. "It's not clear who the target market is for those two phones". Sure, some of the more popular models and sizes will likely sell out at a few stores, but a huge number of Apple fans appear to be holding out for the iPhone X, which won't be released until early November.

"It's normal. It's not all that different from the 7", said Duan Mengliang, a 25-year-old hotel worker. Subscription to the "iPhone for life program" is also available for all new customers purchasing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices on 18 and 24 month Smart pay offer.

Yang Jie in Beijing contributed to this article.

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