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For iPhone, the 'New' Is Relative
Source: The New York Times

People lined up outside the Apple store in Manhattan on Tuesday in advance of the new iPhone's release on Friday.
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But it's not so much better that it turns all those original iPhones into has-beens. Indeed, the really big deal is the iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store, neither of which requires buying a new iPhone. That twist may come as a refreshing surprise to planned-obsolescence conspiracy theorists -- and everyone who stood in line last year.