The new iPhone 8 is on sale today - but how well is it doing?
PUBLISHED: 15:22 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 22 September 2017
The latest version of the iPhone, the 8 and 8 Plus went on sale for the first time this morning.
Sales for the iPhone 8 and 8 plus have been successful in Suffolk despite suggestions it won’t be subject to the usual rush.
This is because Apple is releasing another iPhone on November 3 – the iPhone X.
Technology expert and founder of news site Pocket-lint, Stuart Miles, said the iPhone 8 would be a different kind of Apple launch.
“The people that are considered the die-hard fans are more than likely, I suspect, to wait for the iPhone X in November.” he said.
“I still expect the iPhone 8 to do very well, but not to see the usual rush to get it first, as the people that this phone is now aimed at aren’t the people who queue up over night. That comes in November.”
However, this doesn’t seem to be the case in Suffolk - in one EE store in the county, they described the sales of the device so far today as “pretty good”.
”It is hard to tell if it as good as last year as we have a different order process this time, hopefully it will be, if not better. We have had a lot of pre-orders,” said one worker.
Ipswich’s Three store has also had a number of pre-orders.
Jak Ahmed, store manager of Three, said: “We have had quite a lot of pre-orders.
“We are expecting people to come in later on today as we have had a few calls to ask about stock, and we have plenty of stock.”
O2 are also happy with the sales for the device.
An O2 spokesperson said: “As in previous years, we’re pleased with the sales and interest shown by our customers for the latest iPhone models.”
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the first smartphones from Apple to support wireless battery charging, as well as having improved screen specifications and camera.
The two new phones are fitted with an A11 bionic processor chip, which the tech giant says is the “most powerful and smartest” ever in a smartphone and makes the 8 up to 70% faster than the previous iPhone.
The iPhone X, which will be in shops in November, will start at a price of £999 making it the most expensive iPhone ever.