News 12 This Morning / Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- People all over the United States waited in line throughout the night for the release of the iPhone 5. In Augusta, people began lining up around midnight for stores that opened at 8 a.m.
"It's like Christmas," said Jovonda Mcneil.
"I got here at midnight last night," added Joshua Suarez, who was the first one in line at the Verizon Wireless store on Robert C. Daniel Parkway.
Many devoted iPhone fans lined the sidewalks in anticipation.
"I've had every iPhone that's came out, so I'm ready for the iPhone 5," said Brandon Phipps.
The stores are ready, too.
"We're expecting a lot of customers, a lot of lines, a lot of people coming in," said District Manager Stephan Swafford. "We've had a lot of people pre-order, so that's been very good as well."
In fact, over 2 million people across the country pre-ordered the iPhone 5 in just 24 hours.
"We expect it to be a very hot phone, a very exciting phone," Swafford said.
All that excitement comes from the upgraded design and features.
"I like the fact that it has a larger screen and 4G technology," Suarez said.
"The 4G technology, the bigger screen, you'll be able to Facetime over 3G instead of just using Wi-Fi," Phipps said.
One of the newest features with the updated software is a new mapping program. Instead of using Google Maps, it now has a 3D Apple Maps system that's getting a little bit of mixed reaction.
"I like it," said Gerrad Mitchell. "I wasn't a big fan of Google Maps. I haven't really used this to go anywhere yet, but just the mechanics of it seems a little bit smoother."
But not everyone agrees.
"It's like they're still trying to catch up a little bit," Mcneil said. "You can turn and rotate it and things like that, but I think the Google Maps is a little ahead of the game right now."
The phone is expected to hit a new sales record, shipping around 10 million new iPhone 5s by the end of September.
"It's just a fun device," Mcneil said. "You always look forward to the surprises."
The new iPhone also requires a new charger so you will need to either buy an adapter or new accessories made for the iPhone 5.