People waiting in line listening to their Apple devices and playing guitar to pass the time. (Photo : LatinosPost/Michael Oleaga)
So the iPhone 5 is here. Today at 8 a.m. consumers had a chance to rush the doors at Apple stores nationwide and grab up what is shaping up to be the biggest electronics device launch in history. Apple reports that in the first 24 hours of pre-orders, two million iPhone 5s have been sold, shattering the previous iPhone 4S sales record. Think that's a lot? Think again.
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The iPhone 5 is expected to sell 10 million units in its first weekend. That's 10 million in three days. The previous smartphone king, the Samsung Galaxy S3, sold over 20 million units in its first 100 days. The iPhone 5 is supposed to top that by a long shot.
How do we know that? A look at the lines around Apple stores before today will tell you such.
All across the globe, lines circled around the block in anticipation for Apple's next-gen handset. In Hong Kong, according to TheChristianScienceMonitor, people were ecstatic enough to clap their hands and cheer, "iPhone 5! iPhone 5!"
There's not much to say other than that the iPhone 5, whether it is the best smartphone on the market or not, is the most popular. It has already helped Apple's stock surge above $700, helping the world's most valuable company (hard to imagine given its roots and niche) become even more valuable. Apple could even become the first trillion-dollar company thanks to its mobile lineup.
The iPhone 5 will feature a larger 4-inch screen that is taller, but not wider, allowing for 16:9 viewing. It will also be the first 4G LTE iPhone, and will come with Apple's new iOS 6. The new mobile operating system will introduce over 200 new features, according to Apple, including an improved Siri, Apple Maps, and Facebook integration that will make it easier to share photos and other content. Other than that, it's pretty much the same handset the world has come to embrace.