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Apple’s iPhone 4S launches to huge crowds

Phone, initially dubbed a disappointment appears to be doing well in the market

Apple’s iPhone 4S launches to huge crowds
Crowds ventured out in Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, New York and San Francisco to get their hands on the new iPhone 4S.

Apple's iPhone 4S has made its debut in Tokyo, London, Paris, Sydney and San Francisco and, despite market criticism, the launch sparked queues around city blocks to nab the last gadget unveiled during co-founder Steve Jobs' lifetime.

According to Reuters, Apple shares climbed 3% to close at a record high after people surged into stores in Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, New York and San Francisco to get their hands on the iPhone 4S.

Fans across the globe made sure that Steve Jobs was part of the launch, leaving candles, flowers and tributes outside Apple stores.

"I have a lot of respect for how he led the company and so the turnout, and especially the preorder sales, is a mark of appreciation for him," Chris Centers, lined up outside the San Francisco store, told Reuters.

The new iPhone 4S looks almost identical to the iPhone 4, but features an upgraded camera, better processor and improves security and voice-activated software called Siri.

The 4S, unveiled just one day before Jobs passed away after a long battle with cancer, was slammed as a disappointment by market critics, but the Siri voice software helped it set record online orders on 7th October.

Apple hopes the launch of the 4S will stave off growing competition from arch-rival Samsung Electronics.

According to Reuters, analysts believe the South Korean company, which powers its phones with Google's Android software, surpassed Apple as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in terms of unit sales in the third quarter.

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