iPhone 5 launches in NZ
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 6:16a.m.
By Adrien Taylor
The iPhone five has landed in New Zealand.
It's launch at one minute past midnight was met with the expected hysteria of iPhone-crazed fans, and it isn't over yet.
It's been five years since the very first iPhone, but the buzz each release creates hasn't died down. People are queuing this morning because they failed to scoop one up at midnight launch before they sold out.
No amount of fun and games could distract iPhone fans from the main attraction, but in what seems to be a world away, another kind of hysteria has been brewing this week.
Protests at a Foxconn factory in china where iPhones are built escalated into violence. Employees were protesting about pay and difficult working conditions – 40 people were injured and it took 5000 police 10 hours to bring the rioting to an end.
It's a dark side to the global tech supply chain that's easily forgotten amidst the buying frenzy.
The new iPhone boasts a range of features that its creators say make it the most beautiful device they've ever created. It has a bigger screen, better display, and is thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
But it comes loaded with the new operating system iOS 6, which includes Apple's still-shoddy clone of Google Maps.
Ever wanted to go to Bondi Beach? If you live in Auckland it's just around the corner. But if you want to go to Dunedin Airport, you'll have to fly to Florida first.
Despite the flaws, many analysts are predicting 50 million iPhone 5s will be sold by the end of the year.
By the looks of things here, New Zealand will be contributing its fair share to hitting that mark. The Yoobee store in Newmarket says they'll probably be sold out within minutes of opening.
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2/10/2012 6:22:06 p.m.
@ David. Oh dear... you sound like a 'fanboy' to me. The iphone 5 is just playing catchup with the other brands. Apple has twice the profit margin on the iphone, than it does on any other Apple device, which means YOU are getting ripped off by a label my friend..
28/09/2012 7:26:43 p.m.
@Alan - it is simple, they work well, they are solid, they do what most people want them to do. And they look good. Android works fine, until it freezes up, reboots itself. The iOS interface is straightforward and functional. Intelligent people invest in Apple products. It is a fact.
28/09/2012 2:35:42 p.m.
I have never understood the love people have for Apple products. It is a phone! That is all. Sony makes a very good one and it is a lot cheaper! I am very happy with it. The irrational love for an apple product is like the hysteria people had for the band the Beatles. Sadly much of the world has lost its common sense as they now love things for 6 months and move to the next thing. Apple does not make the best products they are just the best at brain washing the public into thinking they make the best. Sony makes a great phone, easy to use, good battery life etc... Issues people have had with Apple are short battery life, easy to break, leakage of light, compatibility issues, small memory in comparison to other products and yet the love affair continues. Apple thrives on the dumb public as they are easier to fool.
28/09/2012 10:36:58 a.m.
Every phone comes with a legacy of suicide, violence and sweatshop pay. Hope the new owners like the phones.
28/09/2012 9:02:19 a.m.
MICHAEL TRAVIS wrote:
we dont call things a dark side an like its ok its just i phones dark side , crap they work for nothing and and employ kids just so you can have an i phone . id call it what it is sin .the love of money .
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