Apple representatives demonstrate the new iPhone 5s during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
(Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP)
UNDATED - What's the first thing you do when you wake up? If you're like me, you grab the iPhone as soon as the alarm goes off - you check email, skim through the Twitter feed, roll across Instagram. The cycle may repeat throughout the day, sometimes even after you turn off the lights at the end of the night.
It's like clockwork.
Apple debuted the sleek, game-changing smartphone in 2007. Since its California inception, it's received a mostly sunny welcome to millions of app-happy users. But we've become so glued to the screen sometimes the black or silver or white box seems like the bane of our existence.
If time is money, how much have we saved with technology?
I'm guilty of taking selfies and sharing pictures of my food. I'm not obsessed with anymore games (read: Angrybirds). However, I'm a little concerned about holding my phone in my hand 24/7 and worried about squinting into a digital folder. Yet I wouldn't have discovered so many new things or connected with people around the world. I can bypass the middleman in other transactions, which means I don't have to wait to talk to an automated "person" on the other line. Now, we have Siri.
While Samsung and other tech giants have taken a bite out of the market, the worldwide craze hasn't stopped for the newest iPhone model. In fact, in California, a fight broke out and a businessman was exposed for (allegedly) being a terrible human being and not paying homeless people to wait in line. Some people in Houston reportedly got robbed outside closed Apple store doors. Authorities even call the snatch and grab of the valuable commodities as "apple-picking."
It was just one year ago people stood for hours as the iPhone5 went on sale in the U.S. and other countries. But it seems some of early adopters are in constant search of an upgrade. In the case of 5s, there's slow motion video, fingerprint id technology and the iOS7 software. A swipe, a click and we hopefully save seconds - or do we?
They say good things come to those who wait... for some, that will be the gold iPhone 5c- out of stock and off store shelves already, unavailable until October.
As for me, I will have to stalk the post office people to make sure nobody snatches my phone if I have to order it online. I'll just have to remember to put it down and look up every once in a while.