Thousands of people are queuing up to be among the first to buy an Apple iPhone when it goes on sale in the US later today.
The much-anticipated phone, which has a completely touch-sensitive interface, will enable users to watch videos on the internet, scroll through emails and images, and listen to music with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers.
The phone, which launches in California at 6pm today local time (2am 30 June BST), will go on sale across America for 499 dollars (£250) for a 4GB model and 599 dollars (£300), for the 8GB version.
Outside Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, Greg Packer is believed to be first person in the world to queue up for one.
He set up outside the store on Monday morning at 5am local time, more than four days before the phones go on sale.
‘I’m here! The first person in line for the iPhone,’ Mr Packer, of Long Island, said.
‘I want to see how it works. It’s supposed to be everything in one.’
The iPhone will enable up to eight hours of talk-time, six hours of internet use and seven hours of video playback on its 3.5 inch scratch-resistant display.
An Apple spokesman said the iPhone ‘ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, which completely redefines what users can do on their mobile phones.’
Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs added that the device’s battery life was ‘longer than any other ‘Smartphone’ and even longer than most MP3 players’.
‘iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,’ he said.
Users will be able to activate their new iPhone in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office, without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated, he added.
‘There are tens of millions of people in the US who already know how to sync their iPods with iTunes, and synchronising their new iPhone with iTunes works the same way.’
The iPhone is expected to launch in the UK later this year.
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