Excitement Mounts For In-Store Release Of iPhone 5

By: Jason Tarr Email
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Sedgwick's Montanna Petersen is attached at the hip to her iPhone 4S.

"Most people would say all day, everyday," Petersen said. "But I would like to say probably about 75 percent of the day."

She's excited to get her hands on Apple's newest gadget: the iPhone 5.

"I like the bigger screen and how light it is," Petersen said.

Already stores have been swamped with pre-orders, receiving two times more than they received for the iPhone 4S.

Now, those who didn't pre-order, line up, even setting up tents, to wait for the iPhone 5's in store-release Friday morning.

Some stores in Wichita area planned on opening an hour early to help customers.

"You can see it all over Facebook every five minutes: iPhone comes out tomorrow (Friday)," Evans said.

Retailers are encouraged by the phone's early success.

"I think the iPhone excitement level is about as high as you can get with a phone," said Claire Tourtillott, Verizon Store Manager at Towne West in Wichita.

Retailers say the phone is generating more hype than ever because, unlike recent upgrades, it's very different: from its operating system to its appearance.

"The iPhone 5 not only has 200 more features in the iOS 6 but it has a whole new body style and that makes it in very high demand," Tourtillott said.

That new body style includes a lighter and slimmer frame, longer screen, and a smaller charger plug.

Retailers say it's also packed with an upgraded map application which provides audible directions, higher color resolution for better picture viewing, and for the first time, 4G LTE connectivity.

While Petersen says she isn't ready to buy the iPhone 5 just yet, she says she will when it's time for her upgrade in December.

"I would like it," Petersen said.

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