At a store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, the iPhone Plus, the larger-screen model, was sold out by 7 a.m. ET and Apple was only able to take orders.
RCMP were called in to control a crowd of more than 600 who turned out to buy the phones in a mall in Vancouver. Ten officers are managing a lineup that's 200 metres long and growing.
With a larger screen and a new iPad-style design, the latest iPhone has an ultra-thin body and rounded corners. It also boasts faster processors, better cameras and Apple's new Apple Pay payment system.
The biggest attraction is an easy-to-use operating system, iOS 8, offering a breadth of apps. While Android has long had larger screens, Apple has some longtime acolytes who now are no longer tempted to switch to get the big screen.
There may have been pent-up demand for an iPhone with a larger screen, which is easier to keyboard and provides a better experience watching video.
Apple Inc. said it received a record four million first-day preorders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for their new phones.
Wait lists grow
In Canada, Rogers, Fido, Bell, Telus and Virgin Mobile have started accepting preorders of iPhone 6 models.
Bell says on its website that it is "experiencing very strong demand and cannot guarantee your delivery for September 19th … it could take up to four weeks for delivery."
Regional carriers MTS and Sasktel are also selling the phone. They are not taking preorders, but expect to have phones available on Friday.
Most Canadian carriers are offering the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 at $265 for the 16 GB model, $375 for the 64 GB model and $484 for the 128 GB model with a two-year contract. The smaller models are $749, $859 and $969, respectively, with no contract.
The carriers are offering the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus at $375 for the 16 GB model, $485 for the 64 GB model and $594 for the 128 GB model with a two-year contract. The larger phones are $859, $969 and $1,079 respectively with no contract.