iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale in the U.S. and Canada

image Australia first customer

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available in Australia, and the event was chronicled by the Sydney Morning Herald. Everywhere else, though, lines are starting to fill out.

In Australia, just as in many other locations all over the globe, long lines preceded the launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. In front of Apple stores, separate queues were set up for pre-orders and those who had set up their place in lines to get devices that weren’t reserved ahead of time.

As one can imagine, a photograph was taken of the first customer that purchased an iPhone 6 in Australia, which you can see at the top of the post. As Apple employees look on, and clap and celebrate, the first iPhone 6 made its way out of the retail store. According to a report from MacRumors, many Apple stores only received “one iPhone 6 Plus unit.” That would coincide with earlier reports that the device is limited in stock.

image Australia line

Of course, in other parts of the world lines have already been forming and are certainly starting to see more people fill the ranks. In New York City, at the 14th Street location, the line is quickly extending as people try to get their hands on the new devices.

image New York line

Most Apple retail stores will be opening up at 8:00 AM local time, and if you plan on lining up, getting there as early as possible is clearly the best option.

A tweet from Steve Kapner reveals a Steve Jobs pillow sitting in line in front of the Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan:

image Steve Jobs in front of Ginza, JP AS

Another tweet, this time from Michael Vega, showcases a line outside of the Apple Store in Forth Worth, Texas:

image Apple Forth Worth TX

A tweet from Lia Timson showcases just how long the line leading away from the front door of the Sydney store stretched:

image Sydney line length

Update from Singapore:

Stan, one of our long time readers sent us these iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 launch photos from Singapore. Singtel, one of the biggest carriers in Singapore had a launch event for the iPhone 6. Thanks Stan!

Update [9:15 am ET]:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 are officially on sale in the U.S and Canada. Apple retail stores and carrier retail stores opened at 8:00 am. The launch has been greeted with very long lines in the U.S and Canada as well, just like other launch countries.

Here’s the line outside the Apple Store at Mapleview Centre Burlington in Toronto, Canada. Joe tells us that there are more than 1000 people in the line.

iPhone 6 launch in Canada

The lines for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are absolutely insane this year. Business Insider is reporting that line at the Apple Flagship Store was as long as 12 city blocks from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th as of this morning. According to Dave Wiskus, the line hit nearly 5000 people.

Here’s a line outside Apple’s retail at Eaton Centre in Toronto. According to Twitter user @KristinaParts there are over 1000 people in the line.

The line in New York City’s Meatpacking District is 4 blocks long:

Line in Soho is about 20 blocks long:

Line for the iPhone 6 in Germany:

We’ll update this article as more pictures of those in line start filing in. And, if you have any, be sure to share!