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Hundreds queue to get first bite of new Apple iPhone X

Much anticipation as Edinburgh and Glasgow shops launch sale of £999 handset.

Launch: People waited from 4am on Friday.
Launch: People waited from 4am on Friday. SWNS

Hundreds of people have queued from the early hours outside Scottish shops to get their hands on the hotly anticipated iPhone X.

Thousands gathered at outlets around the world for the global launch today to shell out £999 on the most expensive iPhone yet.

Outside the Edinburgh Apple shop, which opened at 9am, some fans waited from 4am to get hold of the new device.

Antonio Ostacchini, 30, a consultant engineer from Bo'ness, took a day off work especially to queue for the new model.

He said: "I've been here since 4am but it's worth it. I still have the adrenaline running through me and it's very exciting to get my hands on it.

"I didn't tell any of my colleagues why I was taking a day off but I didn't not tell them either.

"I have done it for every model of the iPhone so far. It's just what I do. I like technology generally and love the iPhone.

Antonio Ostacchini: Took the day off work to get his new phone.
Antonio Ostacchini: Took the day off work to get his new phone.

"I've never been the first person to get it but it seems like I finally was this time," he added.

"It feels exactly like an iPhone should. It fits better in my pocket and has a bigger screen so is the best of both worlds.

"In previous years, I used to sell off the old models once a new one was coming out but now I've got a subscription with Apple where I trade in the old one for the new one."

In Glasgow, two teenagers were said to have waited in line for 12 hours only for no queue to form behind them.

Earlier this year, the launch of the iPhone 8 failed to attract much of a crowd, with many believed to be holding off until Friday for the iPhone X.

New face and voice recognition, wireless charging, a 5.8-inch super retina screen and resistance to water and dust are the new features included in the device.

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