New iPhones draw big crowds, Gold 5s in demand

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Apple iPhone fans came out in force Friday morning to stores across the Tennessee Valley – forming lines at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon stores.

Local Verizon Wireless spokesman Neal Ingram told WHNT News 19 there were lines at all seven area locations when doors opened.

Shoppers are eager to get Apple’s newest iPhones. The iPhone 5c model comes in five colors and has a plastic casing. The iPhone 5s offers cutting-edge technology and features including an upgraded camera and much faster processor.

“You [also] get that fingerprint sensor, so for people that lock their screen, they can actually use their thumb to lock the screen,” Ingram said, describing the features of the 5s. “They can actually make purchases from the iTunes store and do all kinds of thins with this new device.”

Apple’s hard-core fans also turned out at stores across the nation – some long before sales started Friday morning.

The Los Angeles Times reported people were camped out at stores around Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with 55 people waiting outside an Apple store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica by 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.

For people waiting, the new gold iPhone 5s seemed to be the top choice and by midday Friday, several media outlets had reported rumblings that supplies of the gold iPhone 5s were in short supply.

The ship date for the gold iPhone was pushed back to October just minutes after the 5s went on sale shortly after midnight.

The new iPhones are also available for sale online at and through various retail outlets.

Read more via L.A. Times.

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