The availability of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Apple stores met with ecstatic excitement by fans, some who awakened at dawn and some who camped out, to buy them first. Hundreds of people blocked Chestnut Street in San Francisco’s Marina proximity, where the line to enter the Apple Store wrapped around the block. Many were fatigued after a sleepless night in the cold, but they perked up once they’d got their phones in hand. Raul Ramos, a 68-year-old San Francisco resident, was jubilant as he strolled out of the store with a gold iPhone 6 Plus in hand. “I’m not going home to sleep,” said Ramos, a retired pharmacist who has camped out for every new model since the iPhone 3G. “I’m going to be playing with it.”
Just like Ramos, many Apple fans on Chestnut Street set their eyes on the iPhone 6 Plus, which comes with a 5.5-inch screen. But supplies did not last long. Reza Asadi, who spent a night of his San Francisco vacation on the sidewalk in hopes of buying the 6 Plus, left the Apple Store disappointed. Fans clustered on University Avenue in Palo Alto were treated to a visit from CEO Tim Cook, who opened the doors of the Apple Store with a broad smile.
“Thanks to all the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners around the world!” he tweeted on Friday morning.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last week as part of a wave of new products and services at a star-studded event in Cupertino. If supplies don’t run out, many analysts predict that Apple will sell more than 10 million iPhones this weekend, up from 9 million during the opening weekend for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last year. 451 Research analyst Carl Howe expects sales to reach 12 million to 15 million units, noting that cities around the world have reported record lines. “This is a very strong launch,” he said.