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Customers line up for new Apple iPhone 5S, 5C

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UTICA, Mich. (WJBK) -

Customers lined up early Friday in hopes to be among the first to purchase one of Apple's new iPhones.

Eric Vesprini of Macomb says he waited 13 hours outside the AT&T Wireless store in Utica to get his hands on the new iPhone 5S. The 5S, along with the iPhone 5C, went on sale Friday in the U.S., U.K., China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore.

"I don't want to wait," said Vesprini, who says he's been waiting two years for Apple to develop its Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Vesprini endured a few early morning thunderstorms, but was able to get his hands on the new iPhone 5S.

Customers could order the phones online beginning last week. Orders through Apple's website are already starting to be pushed back to October.

If you're in the market for a new phone, which should you get? A barrage of reviews arrived this week, ahead of the release and redesigned software for mobile gadgets. Here's a sampling of what tech reporters, columnists and bloggers are saying:

On the iPhone 5C and 5S

- Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal: "If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5S will be a big step up. If you own an iPhone 5, there's less of a case for upgrading, unless you want the fingerprint reader and improved camera."

- David Pogue, The New York Times: "(The) speed of innovation seems to be slowing down, but don't let that depress you. Focus instead on the silver lining: you can keep your current phone longer without feeling obsolete quite so soon."

- Rich Jaroslovsky, Bloomberg: "If you like Apple products, you'll like these; if you don't, you won't."

- Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press: "Who knew biometric authentication could be such a blast?"

- Lauren Goode, AllThingsD: "While the 5c looks and feels very familiar, it's still a good phone and an improvement over the 5. But its improvements are evolutionary, not revolutionary."

- John Gruber, Daring Fireball: "The 5S is another engineering triumph for Apple (and no slacker in the fashion/branding game either). The 5C, though, is purely an emotional play - and, I think, a winning one."

- Scott Stein, CNET: "The iPhone 5S delivers an improved camera, a nifty fingerprint sensor, and a next-gen CPU and motion-tracking chip."

On iOS 7:

- Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch: "The new mobile operating system is a big visual change, and is likely to feel somewhat disorienting to users upgrading from iOS 6, but in most important ways, it's not that dissimilar from what you're used to, and many of the changes are definitely for the best."

- Mat Honan, Wired: "Apple's new iOS 7 represents the most substantial change to the iPhone since it started supporting third-party apps. But as dramatic as the update may look, it doesn't go far enough functionally."

- Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo: "It's not just about the flat design. The first time I laid hands on the new operating system, I felt like I had a new phone, one that looked prettier and, more importantly, felt more useful."

Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press (on Sept. 11) "I am already looking forward to downloading the software next week so I can simulate what it's like to have a new iPhone for free."

- David Pogue, The New York Times: "It's a radical, huge redesign."

- Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal: "Buttons and controls are thinner and lighter and, in the browser, they disappear or shrink to make a little more room for content. Overall, the effect is to make the 4-inch screen seem larger."

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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