It seems that finicky iPhone users have gotten over the disappointment they expressed after Apple revealed its plans for the improved iPhone 4S — and not a revolutionary iPhone 5. Across the globe today, thousands of people lined up to purchase the new 4S, the last gadget developed under the reign of the late Steve Jobs. In fact, Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak was the first in line at the Apple Store in Los Gatos, Calif. “[Waiting in line overnight] has meaning… ” said Wozniak, who admitted that he could just as easily get iPhones delivered to his home. “This is just my way of recognizing it. I want to be part of this.”
The new phone, which looks similar to its predecessor but features an upgraded camera and voice-recognition software, quickly sold out in the U.S. and analysts predict that weekend sales could double the first-weekend sales of the original iPhone 4. Jobs’ recent passing seems to have inspired some admirers to upgrade their phone, with some people joking that 4S stood for “for Steve,” and one customer in Tokyo telling Reuters, “I am a fan, a big fan. I want something to remember Steve Jobs by.”
Online, the reaction to the new 4s is mixed, with some users raving about the new phone’s speed while others are complaining that ATT is struggling to activate all the new phones due to the extreme demand on their system. Most everyone seems to be having fun with the new voice-recognition assistant, named Siri, who is willing to try to help you locate the closest pharmacy or even dispose of a dead body.
The most popular person today, though, has to be the UPS driver. While many people camped out at the Apple Stores, many more had pre-ordered and thus waited at home for delivery. As one person tweeted, “UPS Delivery person says that ‘He’s surprised how many people are home today!’ :-).”
Have you picked up your iPhone yet? Did the BlackBerry outage this week convince you to join the Apple universe? What’s the strangest question you’ve asked Siri, and what was the response?