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Hundreds wait outside Naperville Apple store for new iPhone X

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  • People line up for the new iPhone X Friday at the Apple store in Naperville.

    People line up for the new iPhone X Friday at the Apple store in Naperville.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Wayne Dixon of Aurora got in line at 6:30 a.m. at the Apple store in Naperville on Friday for his new iPhone X.

    Wayne Dixon of Aurora got in line at 6:30 a.m. at the Apple store in Naperville on Friday for his new iPhone X.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Wayne Dixon took his place in line around 6:30 a.m. Friday outside the downtown Naperville Apple store to join hundreds of others awaiting the release of the iPhone X.

Wayne Dixon of Aurora was in line at 6:30 a.m. at the Apple store in Naperville for his pre-order of the new iPhone X. "So far I love it." he said.
Wayne Dixon of Aurora was in line at 6:30 a.m. at the Apple store in Naperville for his pre-order of the new iPhone X. "So far I love it." he said. - Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

It's hardly the first time Dixon has waited in a similar line: this is his 11th iPhone.

"I get a new phone every year," the Aurora resident said after picking up his phone. "I prefer to get mine on Day One. So far, I love it."

There were similar lines at Apple stores across the country and around the world, recalling the throngs that formed on the first day of iPhone sales on June 29, 2007.

One big difference is the price: the iPhone X starts at $999, double the $499 entry-level price of the first version. It offers new features such as facial recognition and an edge-to-edge screen.

During the first four days of availability online, the iPhone X got more than double the number of preorders than the last major iPhone revamp, the iPhone 6 in 2014, according to data from Slice Intelligence.

Apple has struggled to get the iPhone X to market on time and some analysts have warned there still may be too few iPhone Xs to meet initial demand.

None of that bothered Satya Patki of Naperville, who braved chilly temperatures to be among the first to get his new phone.

"It's exciting," he said. "I'm interested in seeing how the face ID works."

Keven Wells of Naperville said he wanted to share the experience of waiting in line with other iPhone fans.

"My phone stopped working a week ago and this one seems like the best one out there," he said.

Sierra Chapman of Woodridge, meanwhile, braved the cold and the line to get a new phone for her husband.

Sierra Chapman of Woodridge waits in line at the Apple store in Naperville on Friday to get her husband the new iPhone X. When asked about the $1,000 price, she said "It's worth every penny."
Sierra Chapman of Woodridge waits in line at the Apple store in Naperville on Friday to get her husband the new iPhone X. When asked about the $1,000 price, she said "It's worth every penny." - Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Excited by the facial recognition and new camera features, she said the phone's price tag is "worth every penny."

• Daily Herald wire services contributed to this report.