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.
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.
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.
Some people reported shorter lines on Friday morning at cell phone retailers
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.
Here's what others in metro Atlanta are saying about the search for new iPhones: