CBSMiami (CBSMiami/AP) – The wait is over. At Apple and AT&T stores across the country people camped out for hours, some for days, to get their hands on the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
At the Apple store on Miami Beach, around 6 a.m. employees came out and began taking the names of those in line and which phone they wanted. They then sent them an electronic bar code to the person’s phone so they had an actual reservation voucher on their phone.
Minutes before opening the doors, employees ran around the building hyping up the crowd. Once the store opened, all the customers had to do was go inside, scan their bar code and pay for their new phone.
The store was limiting customers to just two phones per person.
The first person in line at the store was nine months pregnant and not in the mood to talk but she got her iPhone.
Junior Rojas was just a few people behind her. He waited in line since 5 a.m. on Thursday to get the iPhone 6 Plus which he says he needs for work.
“In my line of work, we’re electrical contractors. I need a big screen because we work a lot on our phones. We need fast processors. We need good cameras,” said Rojas.
Within seconds of buying his new iPhone, Junior was already grinning.
“It’s amazing to have this device in your hand. Truly amazing. I’m super excited and I haven’t even started playing with it,” said Rojas.
For Jose Iglesias, an upcoming test didn’t deter him from getting his phone. He used his 16-hour wait to study.
“I read all night,” said Iglesias.
Daniel Rodriguez went to the Lincoln Road store to get a case for his new iPhone. He got the phone several hours earlier after waiting in line at an AT&T store.
“What I enjoy most about this is the bigger screen. I can watch my Netflix as i’m working,” said Rodriguez.
While some waited in lines, others didn’t have to.
Kevin Michelin got his phone but didn’t sweat it out with the rest of the folks. He admitted to paying someone $500 to wait in line for him.
“I think it’s totally worth it,” said Michelin.
There are also those who opted to pre-order the phone online. Four million phone orders to be exact.
Others are less interested in the phone itself and more interested in what they can get for it.
“I’m getting a second one i’m gonna sell for like $1500…..I’m thinking to maybe sell both of them and wait a month and then make double,” said Iglesias.
For all the hype
The new iPhone features a longer battery life and a faster processor.
While the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c have screens measuring 4 inches diagonally, the iPhone 6 boosts that to 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus is at 5.5 inches. Yet the new phones are thinner than the smaller models.
In addition to the bigger screens, the new phones have the mobile payments technology, so you can start using Apple Pay next month. A new barometer sensor measures elevation, so fitness apps can credit you for climbing stairs and hills.
Where the new phones shine is in the camera. Although the rear cameras stay at 8 megapixels, compared with 16 megapixels in the flagship Samsung phones, performance has improved.
Both phones have new technology for faster and more accurate focus. The Plus model also has a physical image stabilizer to help reduce shake, especially in low-light settings. The iPhone 5s and 6 use software tricks to do that.
Apple got rid of glass in the back in favor of an all-aluminum body with curved edges. The new iPhones don’t feel as boxy as previous models.
The iPhone 6 Plus also allows apps to rearrange their layout in horizontal mode. Content appears in two columns, so you’re not switching back and forth as much. The drawback: The Plus is huge for those who don’t regularly carry a backpack or purse.
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