Lining up for iPhones

NEW YORK (NBC News) – Fans of Apple’s iPhone finally get the chance to put their hands on the device’s newest incarnation today as it goes on sale in stores on the heels of record pre-orders.

More than 4 million phones were ordered on the first day of availability.

Today’s arrival of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus mark Apple’s entry into the larger smart phone territory that some of its rivals have already pioneered.

“Apple has a history of being a little later than some others on some features, but they tend to put it together better than other people,” says Re/code’s Walt Mossberg.

The new iPhones have gotten largely positive reviews from tech writers who point to faster speed, a improved camera and better battery life.

 

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