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Crowd gathers for iPhone 4S release

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Apple fanatics camped out in front of Savannah's AT&T at Mall Boulevard store as early at 3:45 a.m. in order to be among the first to get their hands on the iPhone 4S.

"I didn't want to wait for it," said Diane Vanhouten, who was first in line. "I wanted it in my hand."

"I wanted it today and I didn't want it shipped to my house and wait 21 days," said Josh Lightfoot, who was second in line. "I wanted it in my hands, I didn't want to wait. As you see my phone is cracked."

The line grew to about 20 people by the time the doors opened at 8 a.m.

"I love it," said Larry Browder. "Look it's the brand-new iPhone. I am excited."

"It's an exciting day," said store manager Carter Anderson. "People didn't want to wait for pre-orders, they wanted it in their hands and we are ready for them."

The new model looks similar to the previous iPhone 4, but has an upgraded camera, faster processor and highly regarded voice-activated software.

Many customers are excited about the new Siri technology, a new voice activated software which allows users to ask questions.

"Where to go to breakfast?" asked Browder. "It gave me five places to go."

So what do customers think of the newest iPhone?

"I love how it shows me the texts at the top of the screen," said Darin Lee. "It's way faster than my old one. I am going to face time with my grandma when I get home, because she just got the 4."

"I am already seeing notifications at the top," said Lightfoot. "That is cool being able see what's going on without interrupting anything."

"It will rock," said Browder. "I wont have to text while driving, I can tell it to text, so that will be very safe for everybody, that's a big reason, plus all of the other features."

Customers largely agree that the phone's new features made it will well worth the wait.

The phone was introduced just a day before Apple co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs died.

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