iPhone 5 Launch Rings Up Long Lines at Roseville Apple Store
Today was the first day the new Apple phone was available.
The wait is over for the new iPhone model.
And outside the Apple store in Rosedale Center Friday, customers snaked around in a line that stretched to Macy's, hoping to get their hands on the larger iPhone 5, with a 4-inch display, faster 4G network and lighter weight.
This afternoon Cory Schmitt, of Roseville, could be found waiting in a line for his phone that store employees told him could take 35 minutes. Earlier in the day, the lines were more than an hour long.
Schmitt was hoping to replace a previous generation phone with a cracked screen.
"I came in three days ago to try to get a fixed screen and it was $150, so I said 'Why not just get a new phone for $300,'" he said.
The cost of the iPhone 5 will be the same as the iPhone 4S, at $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.
The iPhone 5 weighs 112 grams, or about 4 ounces, which is 20 percent lighter than the previous model, the iPhone 4S. The screen is also half-an-inch larger and 18 percent thinner.
Some of the features of the iPhone 5 include:
- A 720p HD video camera
- High-speed 4G LTE internet connectivity
- An A6 processor, twice as fast as its predecessor
- Improved battery life
- Updates to Siri, including the ability to tell users sports scores and post status updates to Facebook
- A smaller connector dock and cable charger
Sales of the iPhone 4S and other models have dropped off in recent months, according to the LA Times, which analysts say suggests a "huge pent-up demand" for the iPhone 5.
The phone can also be purchased at Roseville's Best Buy location.
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