RPT-Apple fans brave Sydney rain as new iPhone 6s hit stores

Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:03pm EDT
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(Repeats to additional clients)

* Global sales of iPhone 6s, 6s Plus begin Down Under

* iPhone sales seen getting China boost

* New camera draws praise from fans

By Pauline Askin and Julia Love

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hit stores on Friday, with dozens of people - and a robot - queueing in Sydney to kick off a global sales cycle that will be scrutinized for signs of how much juice Apple Inc's marquee product has left.

Analysts expect 12 million to 13 million phones to fly off the shelves in the first weekend, up from more than 10 million last year when the hugely successful iPhone 6's launch was delayed in China, the world's biggest smartphone market.

Among the first to pick up the new iPhone 6s in a cold, rainy Sydney was a telepresence robot named Lucy, operated by marketing executive Lucy Kelly.

"I obviously have my work and other things to attend to and can't spend two days lining up so my boss at work suggested I take one of the robots down and use it to stand in my place," she said via an iPad mounted on top of the wheeled robot.   Continued...