Whenever a new Apple iPhone is released, there is always a lot of excitement. When new iPhone models were released, we now expect to see the now familiar sight of eager Apple fans queuing up outside Apple stores all over the world. This is certainly been the case with the new iPhone 5. However, people are reportedly queuing outside New York and London Apple stores despite the fact that the handset is still days away from hitting shelves.
The iPhone 5 reportedly sold out its pre-order stock of around two million devices within the first hour of availability, which doubles the number of the iPhone 4S sold in the same time period. People who tried to pre-order an iPhone 5 using the Apple website may have been greeted with a message simply reading “we’ll be back”, as the website’s servers struggled to cope with the surge in traffic. Because the phone has proven so popular, delays of 2 to 3 weeks are expected in several countries including the U.S. and UK, for people have not pre-ordered the phone. However, many people are still willing to take the risk and have been queuing up for four days, sleeping bags and collapsible chairs at the ready.
Of course, some people will see this dedication as over the top, but it is easy to see why so many people are excited about the new device. With a new 4 inch retina display, and a handset which is both thinner and lighter than the predecessor, the iPhone 5 is already being hailed as one of the most aesthetically pleasing smartphones ever. An all new A6 processor and improved iOS software add to the appeal of the device, which many people predict will sell 30 million units by the end of the year.