Local iPhone users brave lines for the 4S

October 14, 2011 3:01:18 PM PDT
It's the fifth time an iPhone has gone on the market -- and once again, there were buyers camped out early this morning to be among the first to get their hands on one.

For Steve Hughes of Havertown, Pa., his wait started at 8:00 p.m. Thursday. He ended up with the first spot in what turned out to be a long, long line around the Ardmore Apple Store.

Everyone was waiting to get their hands on the iPhone 4S, which went on sale Friday.

At 8:00 a.m. Hughes was first in the door and, soon after, was doing a victory dance on his way out.

When asked if it was all he had hoped it would be, he said "Absolutely, look at that! It's beautiful!"

From Ardmore to Center City over in South Philadelphia and at the Cherry Hill Mall, iPhone fanatics stood in line for hours, many camping out overnight to get their hands on some on the 4S.

"Honestly I just have a lot of time on my hands. I mean I thought this was the Occupy Wall Street thing," joked Ericson Lawliet of Radnor. "I didn't know where I was."

"I flew directly in from San Francisco this morning," said Toni Bailey of Aldan, Pa. "I took a red eye and drove directly here."

The base model of the 4S has a $200 price tag with a two year contract. It also has a faster processor and improved camera from last year's model.

A popular feature for this crowd is Siri, a personal assistant that can answer questions and perform tasks based on your own voice.

Still, when the 4S was announced there were some investors and customers who expressed disappointment that this wasn't a radically different design. However, folks here didn't have many complaints.

"I've only had it for, like, two seconds but Siri is, actually, really incredible. It's amazing how quickly it responds to you. It's almost like another person," said Lawliet.

"This is great. I've been waiting for a year," said Juan Narvaez of Center City. "If this could cook, I'd take it home."

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