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September 29, 2013

iPhone 5S mania hits Kokomo

New operating system might be the big story

OK, last year, I finally broke down and purchased a smartphone. It was none too soon, because Twitter is the most addictive thing ever invented, and I really needed something to fill up all of my free time.

But having an iPhone (mine’s a 4S) also gives me a frame of reference to some of the great debates and mysteries of the day, namely whether to upgrade to the new finger-swiping iPhone 5S, or whether to upgrade to i0S 7.

I went ahead and did the latter, mainly because I read a New York Times review which made it sound like the bee’s knees, particularly the carpenter’s level added to the compass app. Will wonders never cease.

With no pre-sales, the phones, first unveiled Sept. 10, were sure to be a big seller on the first day, and Apple reported selling 9 million units within the first few days, breaking last year’s mark for the iPhone 5.

Tyler Rose, who works second shift, normally isn’t out of bed at 7:30 a.m., but as a self-confessed “Apple Geek,” he wasn’t about to miss the launch, heading to the Kokomo AT&T store shortly after 8 a.m. Friday.

No one was getting a gold iPhone in Kokomo Friday. People who waited in line overnight at large city Apple stores weren’t getting gold iPhones.

Rose talked his girlfriend into signing a two-year contract with him, which allowed him to both give her his iPhone 5 (which he’d upgraded to in March) and to upgrade himself to a new 5C.

This was a day, he said, he’d been waiting for since watching Apple CEO Tim Cook unveil the new phone.

“I think Apple really did a good job on this release, and I haven’t heard of any issues,” Rose said. “I think they were losing some of their base to Samsung, and wanted to get them back.”

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