iPhone 5 released to the masses

September 21, 2012

The rumors were put to rest last week and the anticipation is being quelled today: the iPhone 5 has finally been released.

Lines started forming across major cities since last week to be one of the first to land the new iPhone and preorders went through with minimal hiccups (except for AT&T, who seems to not have clue on how to handle a preorder).

The next-generation iPhone is the first completely redesigned iPhone since 2010 when the iPhone 4 was released. It’s taller, 4-inch screen helps make its body even thinner and winning the title of thinnest smartphone on the world.

Other cosmetic changes include a significantly smaller connecter dock and a new location of the headphone jack.

But what most people will love is the boost in speed. The iPhone 5 runs on a quad-core A6 processor and includes 1 GB of RAM. It will also run on a global 4G LTE network.

According to MacRumors, more than 700 people are lined up outside the Apple Store at New York’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue. While that’s not less than the 1,200 waiting for the iPad 2, I think we can assume that people prefer to preorder.

And speaking of preordering — why doesn’t AT&T understand what’s going on? In addition to the post on Blorge last night about their inconsistency and lack of respect for “first come, first serve,” a similar piece was also published on GottaBeMobile.com.

“After enjoying a nice relaxing weekend as a future iPhone 5 owner, I woke up on Monday morning to an email from a reader (and not AT&T) saying that the carrier had mysteriously pushed his iPhone 5 order back from the original September 21st delivery date to 14 to 21 business days from then,” writes blogger Adam Mills. “Flustered, I did a little investigation of my own.”

He found nothing helpful at all. Customer service reps can only tell you that your preorder was placed on this date at this time and that’s it. The blogger had his iPhone moved over to “shipped” status, but hasn’t received a tracking number. He doesn’t even know if FedEx or UPS is delivering the device.

Regardless, congratulations to those who braved the lines and to those receiving their iPhone 5s in the mail today. Have fun and share your thoughts with me below.

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