iPhone 8, 8 Plus draw Apple fans even as some hold out for X

From CNET

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Mazen Kourouche (right) and a friend hoist their iPhones in Sydney.


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The launch of the new iPhone, an annual rite in the tech calendar, comes twice this year.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Cupertino’s latest iteration of the device that has changed the way we communicate, went on sale at Apple stores on Friday. As always, fans around the world used the launch to celebrate New iPhone Day, an unofficial but nonetheless festive holiday. (See CNET’s review of the iPhone 8 here.)

As in previous years, the faithful began assembling in Sydney well before doors at Apple’s flagship store opened at 8 a.m. AEST. A line of roughly 50 people quickly formed, but it didn’t snake around as many blocks as it has in the past. That’s because many fans are torn between…

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