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Gadgets just released by Apple are drawing record lineups

Though the new iPhones may be leaving the numbers from previous crowds in the dust, actual sales are unknown.

Critics of the latest Apple gadgets that have been released – the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C – were left with raised brows as the opening weekend brought record crowds beginning on Friday night.

However, it is not yet known whether Apple has managed to break the 5 million sales record from last year.

Despite the fact that many consumers and reviewers seemed disappointed, or nonplussed at best, with the unveiling of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, this didn’t stop loyal Apple fans from coming out in massive droves to line up to be among the first to purchase these latest gadgets. Initial tallies that were collected by Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, when compared to last year’s opening weekend crowds, the lines in three major cities (which included San Francisco and New York City), were equal to, or slightly higher.

These figures suggest that a larger number of people may be lining up to buy the newest Apple gadgets.

New Apple gadgets drawing consumer attentionAs much as analysts are counting the number of people in the lineups to purchase these gadgets, the real mystery – whether or not the 5 million units sold mark from last year has been beaten during the first weekend – has yet to be solved. That said, if the numbers are released by the company, it won’t be too long before they’re out. This is particularly true if Apple has beaten its record, as it surely won’t want to withhold information about such positive gains.

As of the time that this article was written, only the preorders data has been released by the company, regarding its iPhone 5C gadgets which were preordered.

Apple has kept analysts further in the dark than it has in previous years. In the past, early peeks at data regarding the first 24 hours of preorders were made available. However, with this latest release of iPhone gadgets, this was not the case, as only the iPHone 5C was made available for presale and that information was held onto for the full opening weekend. Although that data wouldn’t provide a thorough understanding of what sales figures could be expected for both of the new devices at once, it would have provided a hint, at the very least.

That said, this lack of data regarding the presales and sales of the two new gadgets still hasn’t stopped Wall Street from making guesses.

Gadgets from Apple define a new mobile tech mainstream

The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S will make biometrics commonplace in a single device release.

Although there has been as much negative press as there has been positive regarding the release of the latest smartphone gadgets from Apple, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, it is the new feature of the fingerprint scanner in the 5S that is gaining the most attention from the media.

This single new feature could change the way we think about how everyday technology functions.

The fingerprint scanner is being marketed as this gadget’s security upgrade, but it could actually represent a great deal more. It is catapulting biometrics into the mainstream, so that they will be incorporated into the workplace, events, real world shopping, and mobile commerce. Until just recently, this sector had been receiving attention from only the fringe of the industry.

Now, in the release of a single gadget, the use of biometrics is about to become commonplace.

Gadgets - Apple iPhone 5S Fingerpring ScannerThe executives at Apple explained that the Touch ID technology embedded in these gadgets as a part of the iPhone 5S home button will only be providing users with fingerprint access to the device itself as well as the manufacturer’s own online stores, analysts have said that this release is going to have a much broader effect.

This type of technology, referred to as biometrics, will likely become central to wider adoption in other gadgets and devices, say analysts. According to Alan Goode, the managing director of the U.K. based Goode Intelligence research consultancy, “It really propels biometrics into the mainstream.”

The senior vice president of design at Apple, Jonathan Ive, has also dropped hints as to the future of the technology that is available in this latest of gadgets from the tech giant. He stated that “Touch ID defines the next step of how you use your iPhone,” and that “making something as important as security so effortless and so simple.”

Though there has already been criticism to the way that the fingerprint technology works in these latest gadgets, with complaints such as the issue of sweat interfering with its function, it is still giving Apple an edge for the moment, as it is the only one with this technology on the current market. That edge may, however, be short lived, as other manufacturers, such as Microsoft, are already building fingerprint recognition into their own latest releases. In Microsoft’s case, that tech is being worked into the latest Windows 8 update. It is expected that Android won’t be long to follow.