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Apple Fans Line Up For iPhone 6

Friday's launch of Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus draws customary crowds of early adopters -- who face activation issues.

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Apple commenced sales of its two new iPhones on Friday. As the new smartphones reached Apple Stores and other retailers around the world, they were greeted by crowds of customers eager to get their hands on Apple's latest devices. Supplies of the larger iPhone 6 Plus appear to be somewhat constrained, with some stores selling through their entire stock before even opening their doors.

Sales kicked off in Australia, where, in Perth, the very first person to purchase an iPhone 6 promptly dropped it -- on camera, no less -- while being interviewed by the local media. Video of the interview posted to YouTube already has more than 1.5 million views. (The phone appears to have survived its first encounter with concrete.) Apple also launched the iPhone in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.

In the US, hundreds lined up outside Apple Stores hours before they opened at 8:00 a.m. local time. In what has become an annual ritual, Apple fans amassed at New York City's 5th Avenue flagship store, as well as Apple's other Manhattan locations, in vast numbers. Excited consumers around the world flooded Instagram, Twitter, and other social networks with photos of lines and Apple storefronts.

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Apple's servers buckled under the heavy activation load once stores opened and Apple employees began to ring them up. The activation process was, as usual, fraught with hiccups and delays. Launch day is typically a tough one for Apple's servers, with millions of devices pinging the App Store for authentication. Apple appears to have avoided widespread outages, however, with only minor slowdowns reported so far.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus share most features. Each has an A8 processor with M8 coprocessor, an 8-megapixel main camera, support for LTE and high-speed WiFi, and NFC for mobile payments. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen with 1334 x 750 pixels, and the 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels. Both displays are LCD panels with wide viewing angles. The devices come in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB variants, and each is available in space gray, silver, or gold.

(image: macrumors)
(image: macrumors)

All four of the national wireless network operators -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless -- are selling the new iPhones at their own stores. Electronics retailers Best Buy and Radio Shack and big-box retailers Target and Walmart are also selling the new iPhones.

The 16-GB iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a new contract and ranges up to $399. Most carriers are offering installment plans that cost around $25 per month for the least-expensive model. The most costly model (128-GB iPhone 6 Plus) has a monthly installment cost of closer to $48, depending on the carrier.

Customers who placed orders for in-store pickup are guaranteed to get their devices today, as are those who chose home delivery. Anyone taking a chance at Apple Stores without a reservation may find their model of choice already sold out.

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jeff-weiss@2bluehighways.net
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9/21/2014 | 11:28:05 AM
Re: Sheep
I agree with everything but the Chipotle burrito. Seven bucks and worth every tasty cent.
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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9/20/2014 | 9:03:39 PM
Re: Sheep
I guess there is a section of the population which has a lot of time and money to spend.  Otherwise, I don't see how many people go out of their way to get an iphone.  Let's not forget black friday is coming soon. Hopefully, no one gets killed this time.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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9/20/2014 | 7:00:30 PM
Re: Sheep
@Gabby...  I see your point about people and debt but to draw a line and connect Apple products to this problem is a bit of a strech.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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9/20/2014 | 6:57:42 PM
Re: Why wait in line...
I'll never understand the mentality of I have to have it NOW! Especially when that means you have to wait inline for days or weeks to get it. and its online people!
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/19/2014 | 6:06:23 PM
Re: Why wait in line...
Because they want it now. Now dammit!
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/19/2014 | 5:36:17 PM
Why wait in line...
...when you can order online?
Gigi3
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9/19/2014 | 1:07:46 PM
Initial pull
"All four of the national wireless network operators -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless -- are selling the new iPhones at their own stores. Electronics retailers Best Buy and Radio Shack and big-box retailers Target and Walmart are also selling the new iPhones."

it seems that all these companies are making use of the initial pull. Irrespective of everything, business and profit are the mantras.
TerryB
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9/19/2014 | 1:01:07 PM
Re: Sheep
I think your pushing it connecting natl debt to the morons who stand in line to be first to have Apple's latest status symbol. But you are certainly correct they aren't doing it because this phone brings anything new to the table.

Lets face it, if you have time to stand in line all day to get phone instead of doing something like, maybe, WORK!!, this isn't about technology.

I saw someone recently comment on Rolex watches which probably explains it best. He had one because it was "mechanical art". I guess that makes as much sense as people who drop money on Rembrandt's and Picasso's. These people are not buying a phone, they are buying "art". It takes all kinds.

I sure hope someone who actually stood in line to do this explains their logic. But I'm not holding my breath.
GabbyC863
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9/19/2014 | 12:33:45 PM
Sheep
Why do people these days always feel the need to get the latest iStuff? There is barely any difference between the very first iPhone and the 6. A touch screen phone with internet... WOW!

You shouldn't be able to complain about the economy or your own personal financial situation if you blow your money on trivial Apple crap.

Many American have a steak taste on a hamburger budget . That's part of the problem we now face from a long time ago. Barrow to the max and then whine about now having enough money . Nice house , car or truck and boat. Can you afford them or does it really matter at this period of time?

I'm just gonna make smart decisions with my money so I don't end up with an empty bank account:

1) Paying off my debts as they come to me. Never holding a credit card balance longer than a month. If this means living in a small studio apartment and eating ramen, rice, and beans, so be it.
2) I will always buy small, fuel efficient and durable cars. I drive a 2006 Honda Civic now. It costs me nothing to fill up and next to nothing to insure ($25/month from Insurance Panda... woohoo!). I will not drive when I don't need to, and use public transportation whenever possible.
3) Developing multiple revenue streams. Doing side jobs. Building up small businesses. Doing contract work. Basically doing whatever I can to generate income from multiple sources.
4) Grow my revenue and assets no matter what. Make sure I am always expanding and develop them to the point that they consistently generate reliable cash flow.
5) The most important one - make as much as I can. Save as much as I can.

iPhones... ecigarettes... Starbucks... $12 Chipotle Burritos...new clothes.. organic lipgloss... expensive yoga classes. Why not try living in your means for once? No wonder we have a debt crisis.
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