The usual crowds that line up for Apple's newest smartphones didn't bother to show for the iPhone XR.
Apple Stores around the world opened their doors on Friday for the first day selling the iPhone XR, and while Apple has offered something a little different than on previous launches --and arguably from the iPhone in years -- the queues were nowhere to be seen.
At the Apple Store in the middle of Sydney, the entrance was quiet in the hour before doors opened. Where lines have stretched around the corner in anticipation of buying Apple's newest phone as recently as last month's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch, there were just a handful of people waiting for the iPhone XR. Meanwhile, there were a few dozen people at London's Covent Garden store and the Fifth Avenue New York store.
According to staff at the Sydney store, most customers were coming in to pick up preorders at assigned times throughout the day, a system that Apple has also had in place for previous launches. See more...