Although over a million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S have already been placed, the new Apple smartphone's in-store retail presence began on October 4. Hundreds stood in wait at various Apple stores and other authorized retail locations to get their hands on the device at 8 a.m. At the Apple Store in Los Gatos, California, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was the first person to get in line and wait, according to the Associated Press.
The news source reports that Wozniak waited despite already having two units of the device being shipped to him. His presence contributed to claims that the event-like nature of the wait for the 4S was intended as an unofficial memorial for recently deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Others were simply happy to replace their current phones and smartphone accessories with the 4S, such as banker Una Chen, who was frustrated with her Blackberry due to this week's multi-continent service outage for that device.
"It's not good to have a phone and not be able to use it," Chen told the news source.
Jobs' passing may well be the most significant contributor to the way fans are responding, since products designed by publicly renowned leaders in various industries often experience posthumous upticks in sales. MSNBC reported that many fans held to this mindset, such as Haruko Shirashi from Tokyo, Japan.
"I am a fan, a big fan. I want something to remember Steve Jobs by," he told the news source.