iPhone fever surges at launch

July 1, 2007 at 10:17 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

SAN FRANCISCO — The future of Apple’s much ballyhooed and eagerly anticipated iPhones is finally in the hands of devotees of the iconic company’s culture-altering gadgets.
Months of technology world hype ended in climactic style at Apple stores throughout the United States on Friday as people, some having camped out for days, paid at least $500 for devices promising to revolutionize the mobile telephone market.
“It’s the phone we should have had ten years ago,” said Olivia Simitzis, who was among the more than 500 people queued at the Apple store in downtown San Francisco by the time the iPhones went on sale. Simitzis and her husband, Steve, each got iPhones. “We’re going to use them all night and get our greasy little fingerprints all over them,” Steve Simitzis vowed.
Among the innovative iPhone features is that it is completely touch-screen controlled instead of having a typical mobile telephone keyboard. Some near the front of the line in San Francisco began hawking their spots in the moments before black curtains raised inside the store’s glass walls and security guards opened the doors for an iPhone feeding frenzy to begin.
A tourist offered $200 to cut in line. Droves of the iPhone-obsessed snaked into Apple and AT&T shops from New York to San Francisco to buy what by industry accounts is the most hyped personal electronic device in history. The iPhone merges mobile telephone, Internet browsing, email, and music and video replay (like Apple’s market-dominating iPod) into one device. Unlike any of its competitors, iPhone commands are done by tapping or sliding fingers on a 8.9-centimeter-wide glass touch-screens. The iPhone is not cheap, though: It is priced at $499 or $599, for four or eight gigabytes of memory, respectively.. Read More

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