The smartphone was announced at an Apple event in Cupertino, California, last week, where the Apple Watch was a big attention getter. But advance orders for both phones were strong, topping over 4 million in the first 24 hours.
They have the A8 64-bit chip, the iOS 8 operating system and support for Apple Pay, which enables mobile payments through extra layers of hardware and software security. Apple Pay uses an NFC (near field communication) antenna for mobile payment, a feature that already exists on Android.
Apple is finally making it easy to pay for services, said Danny Blair, a New York resident standing in line outside the Fifth Avenue store.
But Blair said he won't load his credit card information before he is absolutely sure it is a safe payment mechanism.
The smartphones also have a dashboard to collect and view health information, and better messaging and photo-organization features. Other features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for VoLTE (voice over LTE).
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