iPHONE-6-LAUNCH-DATEThe new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan on Friday, a prelude to the retail opening in Europe and the United States.

Huge lines formed in Australia, some for days. In cities including New York, many lined up to buy the larger phones in order to resell them in locations the latest iPhones aren’t yet available, such as China.

The store sales meant tech analysts could get their hands on the devices, and some promptly tore them apart to take a look inside.

People love their iPhones. Fans all over the world camped out to be first on the block with the new status symbols – the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

At least 400 people were waiting outside the New York City 5th Avenue store to get iPhones Thursday afternoon, and more than 100 were at second store on the Upper West Side. At the latter, the crowd was dominated by people planning to buy the phones to sell to others.