SEATTLE -- About 200 people have lined up outside the Apple store in Seattle's University Village, where the doors have opened for customers eagerly awaiting the new iPhone 4S.
The Apple store opened at 8 a.m., but several Apple lovers began camping outside the store Thursday night. About two dozen people lined up in pre-dawn darkness Friday, waiting to buy the latest Apple iPhone.
The people here are great. It's a community event on its own. It's fun times, said William Lummus, waiting for iPhone 4S. I'm not missing much not waiting in line.
I'm hoping for an iPhone 5. I think a lot of people here were, but this phone -there's a lot of good changes, said Alex Brewer. I'm satisfied with what Apple put out.
In the U.S., sales were beginning at 8 a.m. in each time zone. They were available at Apple stores, along with those of the three partner carriers, AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless. Some Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and authorized resellers also carried the phones.
The base model of the iPhone 4S costs $199 in the U.S. with a two-year contract. Customers have a choice of white or black.
The phones also debuted Friday in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain. They are coming to 22 more countries by the end of the month.
The phone -- Apple's fifth -- has a faster processor and an improved camera compared with last year's model. However, some customers and investors were disappointed that Apple didn't launch a more radical new model. It's been more than a year since Apple's previous model was released.