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iPhone 4S the Apple of Columbus’ eye

Courtesy of MCT

Although many Ohio State students had the option to pre-order the new iPhone 4S, many chose to wait in line for several hours to get their hands on the new phone.

The phone was available for pre-order Oct. 7 and released on Friday, on the AT&T, Verizon and Sprint networks.

Nicholas Meyer, the AT&T store manager on High Street, said it was a very busy day for the both store and the campus area, the day the iPhone 4S was released.

“We had about 150 people waiting outside the store on Friday morning before we opened,” Meyer said.

Meyer did not disclose the number of iPhone 4S’ sold or the amount of sales for the day.Verizon stores across the street from AT&T also expected to get high customer volumes.

Jake Matoltsy, Verizon sales representative, said they “had a lot of business” the day of the release, but were sold out of the new iPhone 4S hours after and were only left with the iPhone 4 in stock.

Students who purchased the iPhone 4S said they have liked the features and said it’s worth their buy.

Brooklynn Porter, a third-year in music and African-American studies, switched carriers in order to be eligible for an upgrade and to get the iPhone 4S. Porter had an Android phone and said she was happy to make the switch.

“It’s so much faster than my Android and it does everything I need it to do,” Porter said. “I would do it all over again.”

Katelyn Kramer, a second-year in speech and hearing science, is not worried about having the new iPhone 4S features, since she is happy with her current iPhone 4 and is not planning on upgrading.

“The only difference is you can talk to it,” Kramer said. “My iPhone 4 fulfills my needs and more.”

With a similar structural design to the iPhone 4, the new iPhone 4S includes features like the voice control system, Siri, where users can directly interact with the phone for reminders, appointments, finding local restaurants and more.

Other features include the Apple A5 dual-core processor, the iOS 5 operating system, an eight megapixel  camera and eight hours of talk time and work on both GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon and Sprint) networks.

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