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Apple fans line up to buy up new iPhones

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 02:12

There were long lines, and lot's of enthusiastic Apple fans waiting to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when it made its debut on Friday. Bobbi Rebell reports.

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Hi fives and cheers on 5th avenue in New York City, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus made their debut. Andreas Gibson pre-ordered his new 6 plus online, and came at 3am to be the first one to pick it up: SOUNDBITE: ANDREAS GIBSON, APPLE CUSTOMER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I am most excited about the Apple Pay, to be able to pay without having to take out my wallet." Others were just as enthusiastic: SOUNDBITE: KEVIN FITZPATRICK, APPLE CUSTOMER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think for the larger memory, the NFC, I think that just graphics, it will be a lot easier to see." SOUNDBITE: DESIREE JEMMOTT, APPLE CUSTOMER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I'm a girl so I just like the fact that it's lighter and any features in particular I would say the Apple Pay because I don't have to carry around the cards too much." The line of excited would-be buyers stretched for more than 10 blocks at the 5th avenue store - a visual reminder of the strong demand that has some of the phones on back order. Mashable's Lance Ulanoff says it is what is inside the phone that will distinguish it from rivals like Samsung: SOUNDBITE: LANCE ULANOFF, CHIEF CORRESPONDENT AND EDITOR-AT-LARGE, MASHABLE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think what Apple has done here is made a really thin, and very honestly beautiful device. But the more that we develop these phones the better they get, the more they start to look and act alike. So then the real changes become inside on the software side and there are still significant differences between Android and iOS." There were more than four million pre-order requests in just the first 24 hours. That is more than double the previous generation. Apple needs to see really strong iPhone numbers. It generates more than half the company's sales. Analysts estimate the company will sell around nine million of the new phones this weekend. Morningstar's Brian Colello: SOUNDBITE: BRIAN COLELLO, SENIOR EQUITY ANALYST, MORNINGSTAR (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Everything that Apple is doing whether it is Apple Pay even the Apple watch a new product it does tie back to the phone. The phone is the most widespread product. It sells the most units. It's the most profitable. It's one of the highest priced products so from a financial perspective and from a success perspective it really is all about the iPhone." The Apple watch launches in early 2015.

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Apple fans line up to buy up new iPhones

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 02:12