Thousands queue to buy iPhone 5

Apple fans from around the world on
Friday queued in their various cities to get
their hands on the new iPhone 5.
The new phone went on sale across, Europe,
Asia and Australia with mobile carriers.
Apple has booked more than 2 million orders for
the device in the first 24 hours, double the first-
day sales of the previous iPhone 4S.
Some analysts expect Apple to sell up to 10
million iPhone 5 models in the remaining days
of September and JP Morgan estimates the
phone release could provide a $3.2 billion boost
to the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter.
The new phone has a larger, 4-inch screen and is
slimmer and far lighter than the previous model.
The iPhone 5 supports faster 4G mobile
networks and also comes with a number of
software updates, including Apple’s new in-
house maps feature.
But not everyone was impressed with the
standard of the new technology. Some users
criticized the maps feature for a number of
geographical errors, missing information and a
lack of features.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller has said the
company launched the new service knowing it
was a major initiative. “We are continuously
improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based
solution, the more people use it, the better it
will get.”
Hundreds of French iPhone fans lining up at
Apple’s main store in Paris got an earful from
disgruntled employees and former retailers
protesting against the group’s policies.
Some 20 former staffers of independent Apple
distributors which closed after struggling to
compete with Apple’s own stores marched in
front of the Paris store.
Joining them were three store employees
striking to protest against Apple’s refusal to
offer perks such as meal vouchers and a yearly
bonus of an extra one month’s salary that are
standard for many French workers.

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