Apple iPhone 5 now available in Ireland, fans rush in queue

A week after its official release in the UK and the US, Apple’s newest iPhone smartphone is now available in Ireland. A pack of eager Apple fans urgently stop at various phone shops in Dublin City despite the month’s harsh weather, hoping to be among the first ones to get hold of the sizzling hot iPhone 5.

It was then a very busy day in the city. Many of the avid fans of Apple products waited outside O2’s Grafton Street store as early as 2 in the morning. Others arrived 4:30 in the morning just to make sure that they will be able to purchase the phone model they wish to have. O2 confirmed that hundreds of people had waited at different stores all over the country.

While Apple employed three manufacturers (LG, Japan Display and Sharp) to build iPhone 5’s display, the production was reportedly slower than usual. LG and Japan Display said in a report that they didn’t encounter problems in their production but the in-cell screen technology, which is currently used for fifth generation iPhone, is taking a lot of time to finish. This is the reason why iPhone 5 stocks are limited and people who opt to pre-order are advised they will receive their unit in October.

Apple reportedly received 2 million pre-orders for the iPhone 5 in the first 24 hours. In the first four days since its release, iPhone 5 sales reached the 5 million mark beating iPhone 4S’ record last year. Had it not because of supply problem, the sales could have reached a 10 million mark.

The iPhone-maker’s chief executive, Tim Cook clarified that customers are still allowed to place their orders online and Apple will still continue to send iPhone 5 shipments.

Apple’s iPhone 5 unit is available at a starting price of €679. The rate varies per model. Models with higher memory will most likely cost €789 and €899. These are the online rates provided on the Apple Ireland website.

Among the patent marks of the new iPhone 5 include its 7.8 millimetres thickness and a weight of 112 grams. This is thinner and lighter compared to the iPhone 4S. Actually, iPhone 5 is so far the thinnest among Apple-released smartphones in the market. Moreover, the new iPhone is physically entrenched with a four-inch screen which displays 326 pixels in every inch.

One of the most improved features this iPhone has according to Apple is its battery life. Given its extended battery life, users can browse online for a longer period of time, ideally up to 8 hours of mobile browsing, with playback time for video up to 10 hours, and talk time of up to 8 hours.

These are just a few of the new interesting features Apple has bragged about its newest iPhone creation. Yet, several days after its US and UK debut, the iPhone 5 shows some software glitches that have drawn criticisms and negative remarks from its consumers. Among the most intriguing drawbacks is the device’s integrated Apple map software, which according to many, is a complete chaos.

But then again, despite all the surrounding issues about the latest Apple-released smartphone, many Irish people are still eager to grab a share of the iPhone 5, which is now starting to roll out across the State.

Besides Ireland, the iPhone 5 officially went on sale in Portugal, Italy and Spain yesterday, September 28th, 2012.

Source: Irish Times