From Apple's branded company stores to wireless carriers, thousands upon thousands of excited buyers lined up for the privilege of taking home the true "apple of their eye" - the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Even after moving more than 4 million units in the first 24 hours last Wednesday with phone and online pre-orders (many of which will require a waiting period that may last until November), there is seemingly no end in sight to the outpouring of excitement and sales.
If you have been sleeping for the last week, Apple's iPhone 6 includes a 4.7-inch touch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch screen, both much larger than the 4-inch display on the last version, the iPhone 5s. Apple also ramped up software offerings for their new smartphones by introducing a completely new mobile payments service Apple Pay, which lets users process credit card and other financial transactions with their device.
So, what does this all add up to?
Well, let's say the lines are officially back. Across the world in cities like Sydney, Berlin and New York, people have pitched tents, sleeping bags and even paid others handsome fees to wait online so they could get their hands on a new device. And while nobody knows for sure how many will be sold over the weekend, some analysts are predicting sales in "the low teens" (millions that is) - presumably destroying last year's 9 million.
But today isn't just about the lines, and it isn't just about the numbers, either. It's about the craziness that comes with all the lines and all the excitement that comes when one of the world's most popular tech brands launches the latest version of one of the world's most popular products.
He dropped it!
That's right, the first iPhone 6 buyer dropped his new phone to the sidewalk just moments after making the historic purchase. An Australian television show caught the whole thing live on camera as the world's first buyer, Jack from Australia (Australian stores were the first to open today as their time zones are nearly a day ahead of U.S. times), seemed to have problems from the get-go as he struggled to open the packaging.
The drop provoked the crowd to gasps. You know what, you just have to see this:
With great excitement comes great opportunity for mishaps, so thanks to Jack for entertaining us (without damaging his new phone too badly).
Big man off campus
If you think it might have been cool to personally meet Apple CEO Tim Cook while waiting in line to make your purchase, then you should have visited the company's Palo Alto, California, store. iPhone fans camped out since Tuesday at a northern California Apple store seemed surprised to meet the Apple CEO visiting the store in person.
How was he received?
Well, the Apple store certainly wasn't a hostile environment. The corporate chief took time to shake hands, exchange pleasantries, and lend his famous face to hundreds of selfies with the snaking maze of soon-to-be iPhone 6 owners - more than delivering their money's worth in "social media cred."
Here's a clip:
It's not just the lines and sales number that are big
The iFixit folks were at it again. A new product, a new breakdown.
This time, the new product was an iPhone 6 Plus. The first thing they reported were the use of iPhone's usual non-standard petalobe screws and beyond them, a reasonably simple bay to disassemble and make repairs.
The one item of note was the gigantic battery (by smartphone standards, anyway). At first glance it appears nearly as big as an iPhone 5s. Well, that certainly explains the extended 14 hour continuous talk time stat.
Isn't this battery enormous?
Well, congratulations to those who overcame the lines and elements to get their hands on one of the first iPhone 6 devices on the original release date. (Personally, I opted for placing an online order last week, so I am going to have to exercise a little patience.)
Now if you are reading this and also happen to be one of the brave souls who journeyed into sales central and returned with a prize, we would love to hear about your experience, and your first impressions about your new toy. So, please leave those in the comments area below.