Apple fans line up for new iPhone

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Apple fans lined up early at the Apple Store at International Plaza in Tampa to get their hands on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones. Throughout the world, Apple fans lined up. In Australia, one man lined up 18 days in advance. Another woman stood in line virtually thanks to a robot.

The phones feature new 3D Touch technology, which detects how light or hard someone presses on the screen. Apple is calling the new functions “peek” and “pop.” By pressing lightly, people can peek at content before opening. Pressing harder allows them to pop it open.

Photography gets even better with Apple’s new iPhones. Although the iPhone is already among the best smartphones for everyday shots, images from previous iPhones haven’t been as sharp as what rival cameras produce. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models address that, with 50 percent more detail, while introducing animation for still images and brighter low-light selfies.

Screens remain at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, but they have new technology offering shortcuts to frequent tasks.

The iPhone 6s starts at $200 with a two-year contract in the U.S., and $649 without. The Plus costs $100 more. Both models start shipping Friday in the U.S., China, Japan, the U.K. and several other markets. Last year’s models are now $100 cheaper than the new ones.

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You might not need a 6s if you just got a new phone last year, but go for the 6s over the 6 if you’re ready to upgrade from an older model.

Karen McAllister with AT&T recommends saving contacts and personal information to Apple’s Cloud before going to the store. She also wants customers to know which phone they want before speaking with an associate. Even though many people just want to grab the phone and go, McAllister urges customers to take their time and make sure everything is installed before leaving. Another tip, buy a an iPhone case before you leave the story to protect your new phone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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