The iPhone 5 has Arrived: NYC Apple Fans Can't Hide Their Excitement

Category: Smartphones / Sep 21, 2012 11:46AM EDT
Thousands of Apple fans waited in New York in a line that wrapped around a city block on Friday (September 21) to get their hands on the new iPhone 5. "It's just a great phone that works. I've had iPhones for a while and I'm just waiting to get the new one because of the 4GLTE. It's faster and the bigger screen," said Scott who had been waiting to buy the new phone since the previous evening. Peter said he came to the store early in the morning, but added his early start was nothing compared to others in line. "I heard that some people been here since Wednesday, so 5:30 this morning is not that early," he said while waiting outside Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The new phone went on sale across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia with mobile carriers reporting record demand that looked likely to stretch Apple's supply capacity. Apple has booked more than two million orders for the device in the first 24 hours, double the first-day sales of the previous iPhone 4S. Some analysts expect Apple to sell up to 10 million iPhone 5 models in the remaining days of September and JP Morgan estimates the phone release could provide a $3.2 billion (USD) boost to the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter. The new phone has a larger, 4-inch screen and is slimmer and far lighter than the previous model. The iPhone 5 supports faster 4G mobile networks and also comes with a number of software updates, including Apple's new in-house maps feature.