West Michigan rushes to get the new iPhone 6

Posted at 11:29 AM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 06:17:50-04

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Long lines formed outside Apple stores all across the world as the new iPhone 6 was officially released Friday. And it was no different in West Michigan.

Dressed in pajamas and wrapped in blankets, iPhone enthusiasts high-fived Apple employees as they filed into Woodland mall Friday morning.

The new phones boast a bigger screen, better battery life and a faster processor.

But as some of the people said, it was just the excitement of being part of the hype that brought them out.

"Kind of the thrill of it," said Jordan Amos. "We left Holland at 5:30 in the morning and just came out because we can.”

The crowd cheered on new iPhone owners as they walked out of the store.

But there were some tense moments when word spread about a computer glitch that prevented some reserved phones from going out first.

"I reserved the phone to make sure I had it and be the first one in and first one out," explained Johnny Le.

"I just didn’t know if I would get the phone or not.”

But within a half hour, all was up and running, and folks could get acquainted with their new phones.

Video out of Australia showed one of the first people to get a new iPhone 6 dropping it on live TV.

Justin Nawrot of Gadget Pro Phone Repair explained the new iPhone 6 had ion-strengthened glass which makes it more resistance to drops.

He demonstrated a drop from shoulder height, the likely highest point a phone could drop from.

"That did just land face down and in fact it did break," Nawrot explained. "That is a pretty extensive break from my expertise in phone repair. I am actually really surprised.”

His immediate advice to new iPhone users, invest in a phone case.