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iPhone 4 Launch Day Miami Early Morning Reports

Pillow00 iphone MHD AD Not every one was happy early Thursday morning when the latest iPhone went on sale in retail stores.

Thousands of die hard fans who ordered the much-hyped iPhone 4 smartphone in advance and got it in the mail Wednesday complained about yellow spots appearing on their screens.

Some Apple customers at the Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach complained about the lack of accessories for sale. The only one available was a black rubber bumper case that wraps around the edge of the phone priced at $29.99.

But none of these complaints have deterred Apple fans -- including those shut out last week when orders overwhelmed websites for iPhone manufacturer Apple's website -- from standing in lines at stores to snag the coveted phone, priced from $199.

Hundreds of people swarmed Apple stores early Thursday when doors opened at 7 a.m., but people began to line up as as early as 10 a.m. Wednesday. Stores saw two lines: one for reservations and one without reservations, and Apple employees took turns letting people in from each line.

Security had to be called for arguments breaking outside of at Apple stores in Aventura and Dadeland Mall over people skipping in line in the middle of the night. 

At Aventura Mall, three lines formed over confusion of where people were allowed to wait after some early fans were told they couldn't wait near the mall. One group formed a line at a Chase Bank across the street, unaware that a second group formed a line at a nearby Publix. Fights over who was first broke out when a third line formed in front of the mall early in the morning. Aventura Police were flooded with calls from angry fans before dawn.

Best Buy and Radio Shack stores also will have phones to customers who preordered -- though they won't have enough for walk-in customers. And South Florida Walmart stores said they received few or no phones, even though it was publicized they would be selling them for Thursday's launch.

AT&T stores will hand out pre-ordered iPhones Thursday but won't make other sales until Tuesday.

Christian Ortiz of Davie was among the many who got his preordered iPhone 4 on Wednesday through the mail. But by Wednesday night, he noticed yellow discoloration on the bottom of his screen -- a widespread issue being reported across the country.

The defect "deflated my excitement a bit, but I'm still onboard," Ortiz said.

The last iPhone 3GS model is only a year old, yet analysts expect 2 to 3 million iPhone 4 units this weekend, far outstripping the launch weekend of its previous phone, which sold about 1 million units.

Miami Herald writers Anna Quintana and Micaela Hood contributed to this report. Photo by Miami Herald photographer Allison Diaz, taken at Lincoln Road Apple store.


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