KENNEWICK, Wash. – Bundled in a blanket and hoodie, Cortland Robinson of West Richland camped out before dawn Friday in front of the AT&T store to buy his iPhone 5s.
About two people had joined him by eight a.m. when the store opened.
The group, like people across the country, wanted to be the first to get their hands on Apple's newest version of the iPhone.
"I had a Nok 2. I'm switching from Android back to Apple," Robinson said. "I switch about every other year. You get tired of one. You've got to switch to the newest and greatest."
The manager of the AT&T store on Columbia Center Drive says he had about 100 new iPhones in stock at the start of the day.
Some customers expressed disappointment that the store only had black or silver versions of the iPhone 5s. Apple has a gold version, but in limited quantity.
The iPhone 5s sports a faster processor and features fingerprint identity and a new camera. It costs between $300-400.
The iPhone 5c, about 100 dollars less, is essentially last year's iPhone 5, but comes in a choice of colors.