Apple releases the iPhone 5 breaking pre-order records
by Staff Writer
In the Lake Norman area and around the country, techies and iPhone fans alike got up early this morning to get their hands on newest edition to Apple's seemingly dominant smartphone line.
Jeff Davis was one of the first to get in line at the Huntersville AT&T store this morning, to make sure he could get the new iPhone 5.
"I've been here since 5 a.m., but have been up all night, coming by since 12 a.m. to make sure there wasn't a line yet," Davis said.
Davis said the thing he was most excited about with the new iPhone was not having a cracked screen, as he pulled out his two-year-old iPhone 4 with a shattered glass face. He also said that he was excited about the new double-sided lightening connector and the faster A6 processor.
Even before the iPhone 5 was made available Friday morning at 8 a.m., Apple had already broken its pre-order record with two million sales within the first 24 hours after the initial announcements. These sales doubled Apple's previous release with the iPhone 4S last year, which had one million pre-order sales within the first 24 hours.
“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing in an Apple news release.
Apple also stated that the pre-order sales had already outnumbered the initial supply that were made available for today's release date, but that the rest of the iPhones will be delivered in October. Estimates are that Apple could sell as many as 10 million units this weekend alone.
Some of the new features that separate the iPhone 5 from its predecessors is the the 4-inch retina-display screen with 326 pixels per inch; the same as the iPhone 4 and 4s, but half an inch larger than their 3.5-inch screens. The iPhone 5 also features a faster processor with the release of the A6 chip.
The iPhone 5 still features a 8-megapixel iSight camera, however the new panorama feature built into the smartphone lets users capture images of up to 28 megapixels by moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion.
Unfortunately, for previous iPhone users that were hoping to use their old chargers, the iPhone 5 uses Apple's new lightening connector instead of the old 30-pin dock connection that has been used for almost a decade.