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Mission Viejo Crowd Lines Up for iPhone 5

Some tried to wait overnight--before mall security told them to go home.

About 50 people waited outside the Mission Viejo Apple Store Friday afternoon to buy a new iPhone 5.

The new iPhone, released today, is Apple's first without Steve Jobs running the company. It's about the same size as the iPhone 4, but the screen is slightly larger and it's noticably lighter.

Police were called at 4:14 a.m. when 8-10 overeager customers became "unruly" with mall security. They were asked to leave.

Customers started lining up yesterday, said one Apple employee anonymously.

"The mall kept kicking them out but they kept coming back," he said. "They were troopers."

The big question is whether the $200 to $400 iPhone 5 is worth the price.

Mission Viejo teacher Tomy Lee wasn't sure. He stopped into the Apple Store just to try out the new phone.

Lee said he uses his iPhone mostly for listening to music, reading books, surfing the Internet and watching movies.

The phone displayed websites smoothly he said. But Apple's recent lawsuit against Samsung made him unsure of the company's future.

"It shows me that (Apple) feels threatened," he said. "It constrains creativity."

He said tech companies should use patents defensively rather than offensively. 

Lee is not ready to buy an iPhone 5 today, but said he might consider a purchase if the price drops, making it more competitive with similar Samsung smartphones.

Wendy Bucknum September 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Loving the commerce coming to our city of Mission Viejo! Thanks Apple (and several of my friends - who stood in line).
Charles September 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
It still amazes me how many people sucker up to the Apple advertsing/marketing machine. I suppose it all has to do with celebrities and their support of Apple and the whole music protection thing. Everything is a hassle with Apple: iTunes, Apple Store, syncing, Apple ID, no WMA, expensive memory, hideously expensive repair/replacement parts, proprietary cables and hardware. I am eligible for an upgrade with AT&T and I am filtering out Apple products and looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note. I and my family will not buy Apple.

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