COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — On Friday, people around the world stood in lines for hours, even overnight, to be among the first to get their hands on Apple’s newest technology, the iPhone X.
iPhone X is here! A big thank-you to all our customers in Sydney, and everyone turning out around the world Friday! 👏 pic.twitter.com/5NKXUnePLu
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) November 2, 2017
But with a base price tag of $999, how does it compare to the first ever iPhone, which was priced at just $599?
The first generation iPhone was introduced in 2007. It had a 3.5 inch multi-touch screen and computer-esque abilities that included internet access, personalized apps, a 2-megapixel camera and user-friendly technology.
The iPhone has come a long way in the last decade. According to Apple’s website, the iPhone X boasts a 5.8 inch edge-to-edge screen with a Super Retina display and the company’s first OLED screen. The TrueDepth, 12-megapixel camera enables facial recognition and and a new featured called Animojis. It’s the first iPhone without a home button and has an A11 bionic chip, a supposedly durable glass back and wireless charging, just like the iPhone 8.
For tech and gadgets lovers, the iPhone X is the next big thing.
And some true Apple fanatics waited in line for hours to get the new phone.
I got an iPhone X!!!!! I’m so happy right now. Can’t wait to use it.
— Shinjiro Atae(AAA) (@A_Shinjirooooo) November 3, 2017
— Danny Winget (@superscientific) November 3, 2017
I can see an iPhone X line from my apartment pic.twitter.com/ST4xQKXkJq
— Robert Andersen (@rsa) November 3, 2017
While others thought it wasn’t worth the hassle.
Serious q: why are people waiting in line for the iPhone x when it’s available online with no wait? I feel like I’m missing something. Help.
— Kirby Cooperman (@KCoop09) November 3, 2017
Apple store opens in 3 minutes and no line ups. Clearly iPhone X is overpriced. No one wants to buy it.
— Abdullah Siddiqi (@abd_sidd) November 3, 2017
— Arno van Brakel (@arvabra) November 3, 2017
Hundreds waited outside the Apple store in Bethesda, Md. for their chance to grab the latest phone from the Silicon Valley-based company.
Apple stores throughout the country were jam-packed with excitement.
— Capital News Service (@CNSmd) November 3, 2017
But will all this excitement add up for Apple? In the second and third quarters of this year, Apple’s iPhone sales dropped, potentially due to the anticipation of the newest product.
According to a press release from Apple, its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter revenue was up 12 percent compared to last year. Apple itself is also predicting a solid first quarter for fiscal year 2018, with revenue between $84 billion and $87 billion.
And it looks like some of that revenue may come from the iPhone X, with shipping estimates at checkout currently at three to four weeks.