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

RE: ?
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.

RE: ?
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!

RE: ?
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.

RE: ?
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.

RE: ?
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).

RE: ?
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.

RE: ?
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!

RE: ?
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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