Atlanta Apple fans line up for the new iPhones

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ATLANTA - Some camped out. Some just woke up very early. Nearly all of them fiddled with their old iPhone while they waited for a new one.

About 200 people lined up for the chance to purchase Apple's latest smartphone outside the company's store at Lenox Square in Buckhead Friday.

Channel 2 Action News viewers also reported lines at Perimeter Mall and the Mall of Georgia.

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It's estimated that more than 5 million iPhones could be sold by Sunday. The new phones start at $99 for the 5C and $199 for the 5S with a two-year contract.

Some are subsidizing their new phone by selling their old one through a series of buyback programs.

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The main differences between the two phones: The 5S has a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the 5C comes in five colors and uses plastic instead of aluminum and glass for its casing.

The fingerprint sensor is being hailed as a long awaited security solution that may curb phone thefts, but some say it's an infringement of privacy.

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Some people reported shorter lines on Friday morning at cell phone retailers

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Traditionally Apple has allowed customers to preorder their iPhone. However, the group in Cupertino decided that only the 5C could be ordered early online. That led to a rush on the Apple website early Friday and shortages of the new gold version reported.

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Here's what others in metro Atlanta are saying about the search for new iPhones:

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