NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Apple’s larger iPhones won’t just have bigger screens. They’ll have a new, horizontal viewing mode to take advantage of the larger display.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the new, larger iPhones at an event Tuesday in Cupertino, California.
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“These iPhones, like the ones before it, have been recognized time and time again as the best phone in the world,” Cook said. “We are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”
The iPhone 6 will have a screen measuring 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. In both cases, app developers will be able to design apps that can be viewed differently when the phone is held horizontally.
Apple also introduced a system for using the phone to make credit card payments at retail stores.
In New York City, people have been camped outside the Apple store on Fifth Avenue for days for the chance to be one of the first in line when the new iPhone goes on sale later this month.
“I will get an iPhone,” one woman told CBS 2’s Alex Denis. “My mom is helping me; my boyfriend is helping me. They’ve been really good, they’re bringing me food, bringing me whatever I need and I’m happy — that’s why I’m standing here on this line.”
But many in line Tuesday morning were being paid to camp out by high-tech firms. One man in line representing a firm that makes portable chargers said he was excited about the new, larger screen.