Apple’s product launches, be it the iPhone or the iPad would often be preceded with heroic tales of fanatics slogging days on end in front of Apple stores just to be among the first to lay their hands on the device. This year, the crown perhaps goes to Mazen Kourouche who has set up base outside Apple’s George St store in Sydney even though there is no confirmed launch date in that region available as yet for the new iPhone X.

Also, apart from harboring a deep passion for iPhone, you perhaps got to have something much more to be prepared to face all odds to be among the first buyers of the iPhone X. The 20-year-old Kourouche seems to have oodles of that, having been one of the first to buy an iPhone 7 last year as well. He had then braved the elements on the sidewalk with construction work going nearby further testing his zeal for the latest iPhone then.

In fact, Kourouche’s Apple connection runs deeper as he also happens to be a developer, having even won the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) scholarship reward last year for his iPhone app Medyc. The app aims to provide information about clinics in your vicinity besides also dealing with all your medication requirements. The university student has seven other apps in the Apple Store and has also been at the WWDC event at San Francisco.

All of this also makes Kourouche amply aware of the anniversary iPhone X edition which he said is based on the rumors flying around right now. That includes an edge-to-edge display on the front along with a vertically aligned dual lens camera at the rear, AR abilities besides of course the missing home button.

Apple is scheduled to launch the iPhone X together with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in just a few hours now. However, there is no confirmation when it is going to appear Down Under though rumor has it that it is going to happen on Sept. 22. If that be the case, Kourouche’s ordeal is going to last a minimum of 10 days.

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Meanwhile, Kourouche isn’t alone as similar queues have started appearing in front of Apple stores elsewhere around the world as well. For instance, there is one found in front of the Apple Store on Kurfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin, Germany. And the pics are similar in that there are tents pitched on the pavement where eager buyers have dug in and are holding on to their slots greedily.

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Not to be left out, similar queues have also appeared in front of the Apple Store in New York. That is not all as queue slots are also up for sale for as much as $300. You also get to hire others to stand in line for you, with one such fan claiming he is paid $3,400 for a week and is keeping the 11th spot outside the New York Apple Store.


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