The world survived another new iPhone unveiling, but not without a whole lot of commentary along the way. In typical fashion, Apple's iPhone press event sent the social-media universe into a whirlwind of excitement, witty observations, complaints, and analysis. We've gathered together some of the more interesting missives from around the Web.
The early feedback was already coming in before the doors to the reveal even opened, though the general frenzy level seemed more subdued compared with the buildup to the iPhone 5 announcement last year.
my feeling on the gold iphone has run the full spectrum from disbelief, to rage, to quiet introspection, to begrudging acceptance— Chris Ziegler (@zpower) September 10, 2013
CNET's Jeff Bakalar had to weigh in on the anticipated iPhone 5C and its colorful body options:
I can't wait to get a new multicolored iPhone so that I can cover it with a different colored case.— Jeff Bakalar (@jeffbakalar) September 10, 2013
Moving on to sentiments during and after the event, the iPhone 5C came up first.
CNET's Tim Stevens' reaction to the color reveal: "The blue is particularly nice, a lovely shade of royal cyan. Definitely catching my eye."
Tech journalist Steven Levy has this to say about the rainbow options for the iPhone 5C:
Beginning w iMac and then iPod mini, Apple treats colors as a tech breakthrough. Ergo iPhone 5c.— Steven Levy (@StevenLevy) September 10, 2013
A demo video showing off Infinity Blade 3 on the iPhone 5S spawned what may be the best CNET Live Blog quote ever to be taken out of context, courtesy of Scott Stein:
"Massive Dragon Attack just happened. Ate a troll."
Though the iPhone 5C starts at just $99 with a contract, its unlocked price is still a sky-high $549. That bit of news has been a disappointment for people hoping for an affordable unlocked option.
"I would have been perfectly happy to pay $350 for the 5c so I could work my $30 a month no contract Boost mobile plan. I'm dissapointed. I feel many of us penny pinchers in a rough economy are," writes CNET reader fb130.
The long-rumored (and now confirmed) fingerprint reader for the iPhone 5S has naturally spawned a lot of commentary around security and functionality. "Star Trek" alum and geek all-star Wil Wheaton had his own take on the news.
If you wouldn't willingly give your fingerprints to the state without cause, you probably don't want the new iPhone.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 10, 2013
We'll wrap this up with sentiment from Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, which sums up the feelings of many iPhone 5 owners after following the announcement:
Ugh, now my iPhone 5 is a pile of ugly ancient garbage that I have to suffer with for ten more stupid days.— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) September 10, 2013
Now, it's your turn to spill your early reactions. How are you feeling about the new crop of iPhones?