iPhone Mania Hits With the Release of Apple's 7 Plus Smartphone

(NBC NEWS) - -  It's Here!  Friday is the day that Apple fanatics finally get their hands on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — if they were one of the lucky ones, that is.

The new smartphones are coming to customers who managed to pre-order them as soon as the window opened last Friday.

Apple announced Thursday the first batch of iPhone 7 Plus devices had already sold out in all colors. Initial quantities of the smaller iPhone 7 are also sold out in jet black, the company said.

But that hasn't deterred people from camping outside Apple stores anyway, hoping to be among the lucky few to buy from the inventory the stores might have on hand. Would-be customers were lining up as early as Thursday morning outside Apple's store in Union Square, San Francisco.

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Customers in Asia and Europe were already unboxing their new devices early Thursday. Apple fans in Sydney, Australia, reported that there were no iPhone 7 Plus models available without pre-ordering.

Carriers have also been quoting delivery estimates of two weeks to a month, depending on the model and color.

While the new iPhones look similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, they have one very noticeable difference — the absence of a headphone jack.



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