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Chicagoans Line up for New iPhone 4S

About 100 Apple fans camped out overnight to snag the fifth generation iPhone



    The line of people wanting the iPhone 4S stretched more than a block outside Apple's Mag Mile store Friday morning. Fans tell why it's worth it. (Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2011)

    Julian Diggs waited through wind, rain and cold since 7 p.m. Thursday outside the Apple store on Chicago's Mag Mile to be first in line to snag the new iPhone.

    And he wasn't alone. About 100 others camped out and slept overnight, waiting for the store to open and release the fifth generation phone, iPhone 4S.

    "All through the storm, all through the wind," Diggs said, "but you know, I think it's worth it."

    They want to be the first to try out the phone's new features, including the new built-in app, Siri, an advanced voice tool that allows users to send texts, create emails and more through voice commands.

    "It's pretty much like your own person assistant," said Achmed Saleem, another early morning fan. "You can tell the phone whatever you want it to do. I could be like, 'Text Kim that I'm gonna be at the party at 8:30,' and Kim will get that text."

    The demand for the phone is very high with preorders topping 1 million in one day. Pricing starts at about $200.

    By the time Chicago's Apple store opened at 8 a.m., the line stretched to St. Clair.