Apple fans were out early in full force in Boston and New York Friday morning to buy the larger screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus have some of the "the biggest advancements in iPhone history," Apple said when it announced the new smartphones last week. But larger screens are what drew some to stand in lines outside stores on a chilly morning in both cities.
At Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York the line, which snaked around a city block, started to form on Aug. 31, before the smartphones were announced. The New York City Police Department barricaded some parts of the block to control the crowd.
"The [iPhone 6] Plus has a bigger screen. I had to have it," said Jonathan Lawrence of New York, who stood in line for 15 hours. Lawrence is upgrading from an iPhone 5S and said the larger screen will be more convenient for entertainment and gaming.
The novelty of the iPhone 6 Plus' screen size also drew the attention of Jorge Hernandez of New York.
"It's just much easier to handle when it comes to the bigger, wider screen," especially for typing on the keypad, Hernandez said.
He has a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and wants to see how the iPhone 6 Plus compares.
"I'm going to keep both, see the one I like the most." Hernandez said.
The preference for iPhone 6 Plus was echoed by some waiting outside the Apple store in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, where lines formed Thursday.
Mariana Galstain, a real estate broker, viewed the iPhone 6 Plus as possibly replacing iPad in some business-use cases.
"I like the bigger screen and longer battery life. Especially in my profession, I won't have to bring out my iPad anymore when I'm showing something to clients," Galstain said.
But the iPhone 6 Plus screen didn't excite Manu Gazive, a Tajikistan resident, who was upgrading to the iPhone 6. He had stood in the New York line since Thursday morning.
"Not the Plus. It's really big. It's better I go and buy Samsung," Gazive said. "It's big. It can't fit in your pocket. It's like a mini-iPad."
An iPhone 6 with 16GB storage is priced at US$199, while the 64GB version costs $299, and the 128GB model is $399. The iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $299 for 16GB or storage, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB. The prices are with two-year mobile carrier contracts. The smartphones are available with all major U.S. carriers.
Apple expanded the screen sizes of its smartphones in response to the threat posed by Samsung, whose large-screen Galaxy and Galaxy Note smartphones with Android have sold well. The iPhone 6 displays images at a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels, and iPhone 6 Plus screen can show images at a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
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