September 25, 2015 8:17 am
Updated: September 25, 2015 5:52 pm

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus hit stores Friday

WATCH ABOVE: With hundreds of millions of Apple's iPhone sold globally, it's no surprise that some analysts believe the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will produce record sales. Global News looks at the history of the device.


Apple fans around the world have lined up in hopes of getting their hands on the new iPhone.

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus officially went on sale Friday in Canada, the U.S., Australia, China and a handful of other countries.

Consumers in New Zealand and Australia were the first to get their hands on the new devices, which feature a number of upgrades including a 12-megapixel camera, an improved Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a new rose gold colour.

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And that Apple fan in Sydney who was holding her place in line via a humanoid robot? Yes, she did indeed become the first “robot” to purchase an iPhone, The Daily Mail reported.

And, in true YouTube fashion, someone has already posted the first iPhone 6S and 6S Plus drop test video.

The new phones have reportedly been designed to be more durable – a big selling point for those affected by the #Bendgate scandal that plagued the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple said the frames of the new iPhones are made of a stronger form of aluminum already found on the Apple Watch.

Preorders for the new phones have been so strong that Apple already expects to surpass last year’s sales record, when it sold 10 million phones during the first weekend. The iPhone is still Apple’s most important product. Sales of the iconic smartphone contributed more than two-thirds of the Cupertino, California, company’s $107 billion in revenue during the first half of 2015.

Canadian Apple fans had to wait until 8 a.m. ET to get their hands on the new devices.

The lineup outside the Toronto Eaton Centre spanned a few store lengths, which seemed tame in comparison to previous iPhone launches. However, this was the first iPhone launch in Canada where customers were able to reserve an iPhone online to pick up in store on launch day – eliminating the need to camp out overnight.

The first customer to emerge with his new iPhone 6S quickly proceeded to unbox the device and put it through a variety of drop tests.

He even dropped it over a balcony – letting it fall one storey – but the iPhone’s screen didn’t shatter. Eventually he ended up snapping the phone in half – however, it’s worth noting he was promoting, a website that offers cash for broken smartphones.

The first customer to purchase an iPhone 6S at the Toronto Eaton Centre shows off his purchase to media.

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