Apple attracted long lines of shoppers Friday for the global debut of its latest iPhones, the company's biggest product introduction this year.
At the Manhasset Apple store, customers began lining up as early as 4 p.m. Thursday in anticipation of the release of the 5s and 5c models. Crowds swarmed outside the store as the phones went on sale at 8 a.m. Friday.
A queue began forming around midnight Thursday outside the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, eventually drawing about 180 people to the line, said Nancy Gilbert, the mall's director of marketing and business development.
There was less urgency for other iPhone devotees, however. As much as Paul Lemberg is a fan of Apple's phones, the retired nuclear physicist and engineer from Syosset said he had no intentions of camping overnight. His wife broke her iPhone, so they ordered a new 5s device for her at their local Verizon store on Thursday, he said. The phone ships Oct. 7.
"I'm not 18," Lemberg said. "I don't get up for anything."
The gold-colored version of the 5s was the hottest seller in many locations worldwide. It sold out during the morning at the Regent Street location in London, and U.S. carriers pushed back shipment dates for that model to October.
The iPhone 5s, which features a touch-recognition lock button and a new camera and faster processor, costs $199 to $399 with a two-year wireless contract.
For the less-expensive iPhone 5c, Apple took last year's iPhone 5 and mostly repackaged it in a new plastic casing that's offered in five colors. It costs $99 to $199 with a two-year contract.
With Keiko Morris