Thousands queue up for iPhone 4S

Apple stores around the world opened to vast queues of iPhone fanatics this morning; people who had stood in line, some for many tens of hours, to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 4S.

The smartphone became available at 8am today in the UK, US, Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada and France.

Some customers camped outside stores for days to get their hands on the last product Steve Jobs developed. Preorders for the new iPhone exceeded 1 million.

Kate Williams from Bristol queued up at the city’s flagship store. She said: “It was pretty painful, but definitely worth it to have the latest phone. You just don’t know when they’re going to be in stock again after today.”

It’s thought that sales could beat last year’s number of 1.7 million, possibly reaching around 4 million this weekend. The iPhone is Apple’s most successful device, with more than 20 million sold during the second quarter of this year.

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, also joined the front of the queue at a California store for the release. It’s reported that Wozniak said: "I want to get mine along with the millions of other fans. I just want to be able to talk to my phone."

The iPhone 4S has received positive reviews since its launch. It offers different memory capacities, a faster processor, improved camera and voice recognition named ‘Siri’. It runs on the new iOS 5 operating system, which was released this week.

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