iPhone 6 release brings long lines to area stores

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Before the morning light Friday, crowds of people rushed out to line up to purchase the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 and 6-plus.

You might call it "Christmas in September."

Dozens of people lined up before dawn outside several stores across Huntsville with one thing on their minds, Apple's latest device.

Neal Ingram is a senior trainer and got to his Verizon store an hour and a half before it opened. The crowd of 50 filtered in two hours earlier than normal and the store didn't slow down. Ingram wouldn't say exactly how many iPhones he had on hand, but did say it was in the hundreds.  Still, he expects the new upgraded features will likely lure in enough customers to sell out.

The iPhone 6 plus has a 5.5 inch-tall screen.  The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen.  Both models also feature optical image stabilization on the cameras.

The full retail price for the iPhone 6 plus is $750. The iPhone 6 is $650.

However, at Verizon, one could be free if you trade in any other iPhone, qualify for an upgrade and sign a new contract.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Walmart and even Staples have competitive deals.

The latest iPhone models set a pre-order record with 4 million orders placed in the first 24 hours.  Some orders may not be filled for more than a month, though.

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