Apple’s iPhone draws hordes again, powers shares

TOKYO/LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s  new iPhone debuted with a splash around the globe, spurring  thousands to queue around city blocks and snap up the last  gadget unveiled during co-founder Steve Jobs’ life.

Apple shares leaped 3 percent to close at a record after  people thronged stores in Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, New  York and San Francisco to get their hands on the iPhone 4S,  ignoring criticism about the lack of a design revolution and  reports of software glitches.

Fans in Sydney, Tokyo, Frankfurt and London made sure Jobs,  who died last week, remained part of the iPhone 4S launch, with  flower, candle and photo shrines erected outside stores. A  black-and-white picture of the visionary leader in Covent  Garden carried the line: “Let’s make a dent in the universe.”

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