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Apple releases iPhone 6 to enthusiastic fans lined for hours

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The line began when he arrived at the Apple Store at 11 a.m. Thursday for an 8 a.m. release the following day. Michael Taylor planned to purchase one iPhone 6 plus for himself and another for his daughter.

The 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7 inch iPhone 6 released Friday morning in retail stores are Apple's largest phones to date. Apple announced the phone's release on September 9 in Cupertino, Ca. Apple made history September 12 when it recorded four million preorder sales for new units in just 24 hours.

"Too large? Not possible. Go big or go home," Taylor joked of his decision to buy the larger iPhone 6 Plus model.

Taylor, from Silver Spring, was the first person in Bethesda Row's iPhone frenzy line that wrapped entirely around the front, side, and back of the store. He says this is not his first experience waiting in line at Apple, but it's his first time claiming the front spot.

Although Apple's store seemed like the place to be with hundreds waiting to enter, one experienced iPhone buyer explains there's a shortcut.

"Nobody thought to go to Best Buy," Dana Davis said. She purchased her iPhone 5 at Best Buy conveniently bypassing all lines because, as she explains, there was none.

According to Davis, she's always had luck on iPhone's release day because everyone is at an Apple or phone carriers' store. Best Buy installs the new phone, taking the costumer's old phone and applying credit toward the purchase just as Apple does.

Davis, from Hyattsville, went a different direction this year however, joining the 3 a.m. EDT online preorder release ultimately choosing the iPhone 6 Plus. After having a chance to look at the window model at the Apple store Davis worries the phone might be too large, but explains she's not concerned because "it's history for Apple."

Gary Goldberg and Bruce Fruchs did not know one another last week but they join many others whose relationship originated waiting in line at Apple. As new friends the two first met when they arrived around 10 p.m. Thursday. Overnight each looked out for one another making sure not to lose their place in line, watching baseball, some movies, reading the news, and occasionally squeezing in naps.

All of the people who dedicated a long night and early morning will be the first of their friends to show off the newest Apple has to offer. What's more than that, each new iPhone 6 owner went through an experience that cannot be replicated online.

Waiting in line might seem crazy to some, but Fruchs explains "It's somewhere between a party and a family reunion. I mean we're all geeks at some level, or a little bit strange to spend the night. So everyone has something in common immediately."