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  (Source: MacRumors)

Small lines formed outside Apple and AT&T stores across the country for the iPhone 3G S launch. The phone, which features more memory and a faster processor, quickly sold out at most locations.  (Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Apple shoots for another sales record

With millions of iPhones already sold, Apple was hoping for another hit with the release of the iPhone 3G S.  The new phone features an improved camera (with AutoFocus), larger memory capacity, faster hardware, and a new OS.  Apple has been accepting preorders for the phone over the last couple weeks.

AT&T stores opened at 7:30 am in preparation for the launch.  Lines were relatively short and orderly even in busy locations like the AT&T Suffolk Street and Delancey Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side (according to MacRumors).  Louisville, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Montreal, Quebec were among the cities to have small lines of 100 people or less (via Twitter).  Despite the shorter lines, the phone reportedly sold out quickly.

The AT&T shops received stocks of approximately 60 units for those who did not preorder and many sold out within 20 minutes or less.  Stores will reportedly receive their next shipment 5 business days.  AT&T had already exhausted its pre-order supply a week ago.  Customers ordering over the last week will have to wait one to two weeks to have their phone delivery.

Outside the shops ringtone merchants and phone recyclers pestered many of the customers, try to get them to sell their older models for refurbishing, or to sell them ringtones or accessories.  Local TV channels even showed up to many of the events.

The phone costs $199 (16 GB) or $299 (32 GB) for new subscribers and as much as $599 (32 GB) for subscribers with under over a year left on their current contract.  Rather than risk a disastrous launch day OS update like last year (which saw Apple's servers crash from the traffic) the new OS v3.0 was released early this week, staggering the downloads from new phones and older iPhone 3G's 

The iPhone 3G S launch appears to have gone very well for Apple, and success seems certain for the powerful iPhone 3G S.  However, it features tough competition this fall from new Android handsets, the Blackberry Storm 2, the Palm Pre, and other phones such as the Nokia N97, or the Samsung Omnia Pro (Windows Mobile).

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By Bender 123 on 6/19/2009 11:17:36 AM , Rating: -1

I just dont get it...seriously.

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By callmeroy on 6/19/2009 11:24:27 AM , Rating: 5
Dude it like has a compass application and a camera!

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By TomZ on 6/19/2009 11:39:08 AM , Rating: 4
And autofocus! And copy-and-paste! Wow, I'm overwhelmed!

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By JoshuaBuss on 6/19/2009 11:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
don't forget.. EETZ PHASTAR!1!1~eleven

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By Bender 123 on 6/19/2009 11:57:14 AM , Rating: 3
Why would anybody wait in a line and dish out a couple hundies to get a processor upgrade, a video camera and several online features my carrier wont even let me use...

It just reminds me of the old Onion Video telling about the MacBook Wheel and people saying they will buy it because its Apple and it is shiny.

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By SunAngel on 6/19/09, Rating: -1
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By omnicronx on 6/19/2009 12:50:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because this is a yearly occurrence in which people line up at your local brick and mortar or computer store to get a 0.13GHZ upgrade!

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By SunAngel on 6/19/2009 12:55:43 PM , Rating: 1
Ok, so your mad at the people and not Apple? I can accept that. From now on, we will just buy from Apple direct over their website. This way you won't have to see a line streching 2.3 blocks down the road. I'm working on spreading the word as I type this. Hopefully within a year your wish can come true.

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By omnicronx on 6/19/2009 1:27:22 PM , Rating: 3
How can I be mad at Apple? For having great marketing which as a result created what can only be described as a cult following?

Just because I think someone is a moron for upgrading their phone every year to get a few more features, does not mean I hate Apple. Its not Apples fault that people are sheep.

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By callmeroy on 6/23/2009 8:49:01 AM , Rating: 2
I think his original reply to you was because your point about folks waiting for what did you say...a .013 mhz upgrade from Intel for their PC was akin to the Iphone fanfare each year....or something along those lines...which is beyond no one does one has done that for YEARS (actually to be honest, in my area no one has EVER done that -- even on major Intel CPU launches -- I've never seen lines for them).

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By SunAngel on 7/1/2009 10:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
Understood. But what explains the immediate sellouts of next-gen processors on Newegg/TigerDirect/Fry's/MicroCenter/....?

Just because you can see the line doesn't mean a line is not there.

Same as a fart. You don't see them, but oh boy, you definitely know something spectacular took place.

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By michael2k on 6/20/2009 10:43:11 AM , Rating: 2
Be fair, its also a 27% CPU speed boost. People pay for that in PCs all the time!

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By nuarbnellaffej on 6/21/2009 5:45:53 AM , Rating: 1
My brother bought a new mac recently, that had a minor upgrade in the processor range, on the line of 200MHz, and Mac's are Intel based now...

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By themaster08 on 6/19/2009 11:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
I believe I've found the answer to your question.

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By amanojaku on 6/19/09, Rating: -1
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By tdawg on 6/19/2009 11:43:58 AM , Rating: 3
On a website that is home to people that pay relatively large sums of money for relatively small performance gains, it's hard to understand people paying money to upgrade their phone to a new version that is being reported here as 29%-59% faster?

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By icanhascpu on 6/19/2009 1:26:21 PM , Rating: 1
Are you in the right place? People routinely replace technology devises that are only 1/3rd faster. This happens ALL THE TIME in EVERY INDUSTRY.

Now if only I could find a car that had 33% better gas mileage or 33% better torque or or...

Its not hard to understand, and its not a small performance game, not even 'relatively' unless you're comparing it against irrelevant crap.

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By BrgMx5 on 6/19/2009 1:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
I believe you missed the irony of his post

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By ClownPuncher on 6/19/2009 1:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
Irony? No. Missed the question mark at the end of his post? Yes.

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By eddieroolz on 6/19/2009 12:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
Boo hoo, a 3.2MP camera.

Oh wait...I have a 5.2MP autofocus for up to 5 people and a 3.0" screen to go along with it. What's so great about this piece of crappy Apple hardware?

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By michael2k on 6/19/09, Rating: -1
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By xti on 6/19/09, Rating: 0
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By ClownPuncher on 6/19/2009 1:15:25 PM , Rating: 2

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By omnicronx on 6/19/2009 1:08:54 PM , Rating: 2
It has a better and faster web browser than your phone
Last year I would have 100% agreed with you, but other browsers are making great strides. Opera Mobile is becoming very impressive. The latests builds of 9.5 are rock solid, can go to many more webpages than the flashless iphone can go to and is starting to rival Safari in rendering speed. Opera 9.7 has taken this a step further, and while very buggy at the moment (which can be expected for a beta browser using a new JS engine) it renders pages faster than Safari without turbo mode enabled, and completely blows Safari out of the water when it is enabled in terms of speed. If Opera can work out the kinks, I feel they will have a better offering, especially when it can finally make use of multitouch.

To back up some of my claims, you will notice that Safari no longer holds the top mobile browser spot. As of early June Opera now holds 24.6% of the market while Safari on the iPhone holds 22.3%, while within a margin of error, it does show how competitive Opera Mobile has become. And this does not include those like who change the browser ID to that of a desktop version of IE so that I do not get mobile pages by default.

The iPhone having a 3.8" screen, you also do not know which phone is bigger, and looks are not universal, everyone has their own opinion on the matter.

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By MScrip on 6/19/2009 7:34:13 PM , Rating: 3
As of early June Opera now holds 24.6% of the market while Safari on the iPhone holds 22.3%

The iPhone only has 8% of the global smartphone market... but it accounts for 43% of mobile Web requests and 65% of HTML usage.

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By eddieroolz on 6/20/2009 6:18:16 AM , Rating: 2
Oh noes, the HTML bar adds up to 101%!!!


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By eddieroolz on 6/20/2009 6:16:53 AM , Rating: 2
I would prefer a phone that doesn't crash, thanks.

Oh, and looks good. Not like a shiny piece of glorified plastic.

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By michael2k on 6/19/2009 12:24:49 PM , Rating: 3
Not everyone has an iPhone, not even close.

So for people who skipped the first two, this is a huge improvement with a better camera, faster CPU, more RAM, better GPU, better GPS(compass), battery life, etc.

I mean, look at the fact the lines were shorter, this year, as proof that it isn't a huge deal.

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By omnicronx on 6/19/09, Rating: 0
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By omnicronx on 6/19/2009 12:29:58 PM , Rating: 4
Its still a very nice phone with the best UI and the most applications. What I just can't understand is how a large majority of these people who bought this phone probably own an iPhone already. What gets me even more is that there is no way every single person lined up is off contract, how many of them are paying full price for the phone? Its like they have a following of morons that are willing to sign over their lifesaving's for the latest and greatest.

The iPhone is a great device, but it is Apple and their marketing genius that sold these phones, not the hardware itself.

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By michael2k on 6/19/2009 12:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
There are only 30m iPhones total, worldwide, and the US alone has 300m people.

We aren't even close to iPhone saturation. Many of the people I know ordering the 3GS are new to the iPhone. Most with the 3G are waiting for their contracts to expire.

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By omnicronx on 6/19/2009 1:17:26 PM , Rating: 1
We aren't even close to iPhone saturation. Many of the people I know ordering the 3GS are new to the iPhone. Most with the 3G are waiting for their contracts to expire.
How could you possibly know what the saturation point is? You are basing this on absolutely nothing.

Furthermore the chances are most people with 3g contract are not expiring as it was only released last year with a 2 year minimum, otherwise they paid full price. Its not even likely that a lot of 2g contracts are over, as the vast majority of users went on 3 year contracts to get the cheapest price.

I'm working in downtown Toronto today and I had to go past a Rogers store (they are the iPhone provider in Canada) and there was a lineup out the door. Just walking by I noticed that no less than 3 people had their iPhone 3g IN THEIR HANDS! Whats even more ridiculous was the pricing on the door, 699/799 when bought without a contract! So please do not tell me that people are not upgrading their phone, because they are!

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By michael2k on 6/20/2009 10:48:10 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, the only clue to smartphone and iPhone saturation is the smartphone market growth rate.

iPod growth leveled off as we approached saturation. The same will happen with iPhones and smartphones. So far growth has not leveled off.

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By walk2k on 6/19/2009 7:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
Its like they have a following of morons that are willing to sign over their lifesaving's for the latest and greatest.
They do, Apple calls them "customers".

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By Proxes on 6/19/2009 12:35:24 PM , Rating: 3
I'm still waiting for the Dailytech article about the Palm Pre launch.

Bunch of butt kissing Apple fanbois.

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By Proxes on 6/19/2009 2:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
I looked under Gadgets/Mobile and it wasn't there. It's just under Gadgets.

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By Doormat on 6/19/2009 1:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard DT called many things, but Apple fanbois has not been one of them, especially when you consider the DT community...

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By inperfectdarkness on 6/19/2009 1:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
as the quote on DT goes...

the cell phone is still worth nothing.

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By walk2k on 6/19/2009 4:48:42 PM , Rating: 2
Apple, that's why.

That's funny though, I just "upgraded" my phone for the $15 it cost to pop out the microSD card and replace it. lol

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