Eager patrons were lined up outside the Apple store at 301 King Street this morning to get their hands on the latest iPhone models to hit the streets.

Several waiting customers marveled at the speed of the new iPhone 5S, even compared to last year's model.

Arthur Sharpe of Sumter this morning said he'd camped outside the store for about seven hours to get a chance to test out the gadget.

“It's been a great time hanging out and getting to know some of these other guys,” Sharpe said.

He was most in awe of the iPhone 5s' 64-bit chip, he said. The chip has twice the processing power as some of the current phones on the market. Jason Lust of Seattle said he stopped to camp at the Charleston store while taking a road trip with his sister Elise Sepe. Lust works as a developer for Apple, but he said the job didn't come with many perks, like getting the phone early.

“I don't get any special treatment. I learn the news the same day everyone else learns the news,” Lust said.

The iPhone 5S and 5C went on sale this morning at 3:01 a.m. EDT through Apple's website and at 8 a.m. local time around the world at Apple retail stores. Wireless carriers and other retailers plan to sell them, too. Initially, they're available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.