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Where to buy the newest iPhones in the Triangle

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Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Like its previous product launches, the excitement surround the release of Apple newest iPhones is boiling over.

At 3 a.m. (EST) Friday, Apple began selling its iPhone 5s and 5c online -- that's midnight Cupertino time, in case you weren't sure. But an online order doesn't put the device in your hands on Day One.

Several area retailers planned to open their doors two hours early for those longing for the newest gadget, and some of those stores even allow lines to form several hours before the key is turned.

But before you rush to pitch a tent outside a Best Buy store, consider which iPhone you plan to purchase.

Apart from new colors, the exterior of Apple's new iPhones doesn't look much different from last year's model. The iPhone 5s is identical to the iPhone 5 in size and weight, while the iPhone 5c is only slightly bigger and heavier. The 5c also uses plastic instead of aluminum and glass.

Where the phones differ most is on the inside. The 5s has a faster chip, a fingerprint sensor and a better camera, and both new models are compatible with a greater range of 4G LTE frequency bands. Both phones also come with the new iOS 7 operating system, a major departure in style and functionality from the iOS 6 that came installed on the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5s will come in graphite, silver, and gold colors. The 16GB will retail for $199, a 32GB for $299 and the 64GB for $399 (all on a two-year contract).

The iPhone 5c will come in green, blue, yellow, pink and white. The 16GB will retail for $99 and the 32GB for $199 (all on a two-year contract).

Now that you're ready to invest as little at $99 for an on-contract 5c and as much as $849 for a contract-free 5s, here are some of your purchasing options.

Apple Store
Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, N.C. 27612
Store opens at 8 a.m.
Mall opens for walkers at 5 a.m.
Apple Store
Streets at Southpoint
8030 Renaissance Pkwy
Durham, N.C. 27713
Store opens at 8 a.m.
Southpoint in gearing up for overnight lines.
Best Buy
Brier Creek
7980 Skyland Ridge Pkwy
Raleigh, N.C. 27617
Store opens at 10 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
6101 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, N.C. 27616
Store opens at 8 a.m. exclusively for iPhone buyers.
Normal store hours begin at 10 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
Cary Crossroads
237 Crossroads Blvd
Cary, N.C. 27518
Store opens at 8 a.m. exclusively for iPhone buyers.
Normal store hours begin at 10 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave
Ste 3006
Raleigh, N.C. 27612
Store opens at 10 a.m.
Customers who preordered the 5c will be able to pick-up their orders at 8 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
120 Shenstone Ln.
Garner, N.C. 27529
Store opens at 10 a.m.
Customers who preordered the 5c will be able to pick-up their orders at 8 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
214 Hinton Oaks Blvd
Knightdale, N.C. 27545
Store opens at 8 a.m. exclusively for iPhone buyers.
Normal store hours begin at 10 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
New Hope Commons
5454 New Hope Commons Dr.
Durham, N.C. 27707
Store opens at 8 a.m. exclusively for iPhone buyers.
Normal store hours begin at 10 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Best Buy
Streets at Southpoint
7001 Fayetteville Rd.
Durham, N.C. 27713
Store opens at 10 a.m.
Best Buy will not restrict customers from lining up early.
Verizon Wireless Stores
Triangle-wide
Stores open at 8 a.m.
Verizon Wireless Stores will not restrict customers from lining up early.
AT&T Stores N/A
T-Mobile Stores N/A
Sprint Stores N/A

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