KENWOOD, Ohio - It was a day millions around the Tri-State and the globe had been waiting for, the launch of Apple’s latest technological wonder, the iPhone 5. To say this was a regular electronic device launch would be an understatement.
Store employees at the Apple Store in the Kenwood Towne Centre were clapping and giving each other high-fives Friday, all in anticipation of the 200 or so people who had been waiting for hours to have the newest iPhone.
"Dude, it feels awesome," said James Rohaley, a Miami University student originally from Chardon, Ohio.
People waited for hours just to make sure they would walk out with the iPhone 5. The first person in line outside the mall had been waiting since 6 pm Thursday.
"It's so much thinner! It actually feels like it responds better. I don't know if I'm just geeking out because I have it," said Rohaley.
This wasn't his first time waiting through the early hours to get the newest iPhone. For some people this was their third time to get up in the middle of the night.
"This is about like usual. This is about like usual, yeah this is normally like a big two-hour wait, King's Island style line," said Paul Joiner of Cincinnati.
With its bigger screen and 4G coverage, people say this phone has it all. Many were upgrading from the most recent model, the 4S.
"They think I'm crazy, but whatever. I am crazy, but who cares. They're all going to be jealous when I come back and show them. So it's awesome," said Rohaley.
The only question is whether we'll see some of these same people for the launch of the next iPhone model.
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