SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s latest iPhone hit stores on Friday with new features and faster speeds, drawing plenty of fans, if not the crowds that had swarmed the previous iPhone debuts.
Several hundred shoppers lined up outside Apple’s stores in New York and San Francisco before their 7 a.m. opening, but the queues were shorter and moved more quickly than for the first iPhone in 2007 and for last year’s 3G model.
“This is my first iPhone purchase,” said Adam Moore, a technology consultant who arrived at the Apple store in downtown San Francisco at 3:30 a.m. “I’ve been in the industry long enough to know when to buy something. The software and the hardware have caught up… there’s nothing like it.”
Analysts had predicted smaller crowds for the launch of the new 3GS compared to earlier iPhones. For the first time, Apple and sole U.S. carrier AT&T Inc took preorders for the iPhone, helping some buyers avoid the first-day scrum. (more…)