Fans line up for $1,000 iPhone X release

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There’s a mad dash and excitement abound as people around the world will get their hands on the new iPhone X today.

An Apple employee shows off the iPhone X, as long lines form outside the Crabtree Valley Mall store (Beairshelle Edmé/CBS North Carolina)

In the U.S. as many woke up Friday, those in Australia already owned the newest Apple device.

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Pre-orders for the nearly $1,000 phone sold out in minutes. The latest version comes with several bells and whistles, like facial recognition technology and a higher quality screen. The phone also ditches the “home” button, a feature that’s been present since the device launched in 2007.

The Apple Store at the Streets at Southpoint didn’t open until 8 a.m., but that didn’t stop people from lining up early. There were even some blankets and chairs outside the store, with one eager shopper telling CBS North Carolina’s Beairshelle Edmé that his friend had been in line since 1 a.m.

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The Crabtree Valley Mall Apple Store also opened at 8 a.m.

There, Katherine Silverio, of Garner, stood at the front of the line. She had been there since 4:50 a.m.

“I’ve never done this before and I probably won’t ever do it again so I’m just excited to get the opportunity,” she said.

Waiting further down the line was N.C. State student, Sriram Ranga, who’s been loyal to the brand the last eight years.

“I really like the iPhone,” Ranga said. “I’ve really been an Apple fan-boy since the first iPhone came in — it was like 6th or 7th grade when it first came in.”

While Ranga and Silverio were likely to get a phone based on their place in line, Vara Prasad Peandiguenta wasn’t as sure as he stood last 30 minutes before opening time.

“My 25th anniversary and my 50th birthday is coming in November…just trying,” the Cary resident explained.

For more information on how you can order the new phone, click here.

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