By Lisa Nho SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Global technology superpower Apple released its newest addition to the smartphone family last Friday and local Syracuse fans reacted with both enthusiasm and restraint.
Not long after the release of the iPhone 8, Apple gave way to the iPhone X in celebration of the company’s tenth anniversary. About 150 iPhone fans waited in long lines overnight in front of the Apple store in Destiny USA to get their hands on the new smartphone. This relatively high turnout was three times as high as that of the previous two years with the releases of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7.
“It’s pretty cool, I guess, to see all of those loyal customers wait for so long for the new iPhone. It’s crazy to think that people would stay overnight, but if you love something so much, then you’ll do anything for it, right?” Syracuse University senior Audrey Lew said.
The city of Syracuse was not alone in seeing long lines of customers waiting to receive their first iPhone X. The phone’s release went on a global scale in cities such as Sydney, Australia
Syracuse University junior and avid Samsung smartphone user Jacqueline Kim recognizes the innovative changes to the iPhone line; however, these additions do not sway her from using her Android device in the future.
“I like using my Samsung Galaxy because it’s so easy to customize, but the iPhone has a set design to it. But I’m not saying that’s all bad, either,” Kim said.
The iPhone X comes with several new features that include:
- an all-new 5.8-inch Super Retina display
- wireless charging
- facial recognition used to unlock and pay on the smartphone
- animated emojis that mimic the movements of the user
- front and back screens made of glass
The only catch to buying the new iPhone is the higher-than-normal price tag that comes with it: the price for these smartphones start at $999 and rise to $1,149. Several phone carriers allow for monthly installment plans that range from $49.91 per month to $56.16 per month. Local cell providers have for more information.