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Hundreds line up at Eaton Centre Apple store for new iPhones

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 19th, 2014

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Hundreds of people lined up outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto overnight and on Friday morning to get their hands on the new iPhones.

Friday is the day many Apple fans have had circled on their calendars, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus went on sale in Canada and the U.S. at 8 a.m.

680News reporter Carl Hanstke said it’s the longest lineup he’s seen for an iPhone launch at the Eaton Centre. He estimates around 500 people have lined up outside the store.

One Apple enthusiast named Bianca said she’s been waiting since Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s a really big ritual to this, and it’s really nice to be a part of it,” she said.

However, she is not the first in line. Others have been waiting since Monday night.

A man named Reshan was the last person in line; however, he told Breakfast Television’s Winston Sih he wouldn’t camp out for a product overnight.

There are reports a lot of people are buying them to sell online for between $3,000 to $6,000. Others are reportedly also selling their spots in line.

CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney said the iPhones are the largest ever released. Watch a video of his review here.They are sleek with curved glass edges, and are thin and light. The devices also feature a HD retina display, which is more crisp, and an improved camera.

However, the most highly-anticipated feature will not be available to Canadians at launch. The NFC technology that Apple embedded in the phone for its Apple Pay Service, where a user taps a phone at the store to pay, will only launch in the U.S. for now.

Apple is allowing people to buy two iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, with the base models selling for $749 and $859, respectively.

The cost for an iPhone 6 starts at $264.99 (16GB) under select two-year plans at Rogers, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $374.99.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, around 1,000 people gathered outside Apple’s flagship store in Tokyo as sales kicked off in Japan. In Hong Kong, hundreds lined up to score their pre-ordered iPhones.

The launch has been delayed in mainland China, which has sparked scalpers in Hong Kong to make a pretty profit.

Rogers is the parent company of this website.

With files from CityNews.ca and Carl Hanstke/680News.

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