iPhone 5 Launches In US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, UK

Apple’s 6th generation iPhone – iPhone 5, which was unveiled at last week’s iPhone event is finally here.

iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than iPhone 4S and comes packed with new features and improvements such as a taller 4-inch display, faster A6 chip, support for faster 4G LTE networks, improved battery life, FaceTime HD camera and more.

As expected, Apple’s iPhone 5 went on sale in US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, UK at 8:00 am local time.

The iPhone 5 launch was greeted with long times around the world.

Australia:

Apple’s new iPhone was greeted with long lines in Australia. The Australian reports:

At Apple’s flagship store in George Street, Sydney, competition for a place near the head of the queue is intense with several companies and paid hired hands snaring all places at the head of the queue to get not only an iPhone 5 but also free media publicity for their services.

TechCrunch reports that Steve Wozniak was also waiting in line for the iPhone 5 at the Apple Store in Chermside, Queensland Australia. He tweeted:

In line for first iPhone 5′s in the world! (@ Apple Store w/ 2 others) [pic]: 4sq.com/Vh8kYS

People waiting in the line outside Apple’s flagship store in Sydney via The Daily

Line outside the Telstra retail store via iFixit

One of the first customers to get iPhone 5 via @igbtys

Singapore:

International Business Times reports that Singaporeans are also lining up for iPhone 5 outside carrier stores. Check out the video embedded below – huge line:

Hong Kong:

Japan:

iPhone 5 line outside Apple Store in Japan via MacStories


Germany:

Long lines outside App Store in Munich via MacStories

Huge lines outside Apple Store in Frankfurt, Germany via Mac-TV.de

France:

UK:

Canada:


US:


Few minutes back, Apple’s hotly anticipated iPhone 5 has gone on sale in the US.

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt reports that the line outside the 5th Avenue Store is longer than last year’s iPhone 4S line:

We’re here at the big glass cube of Apple’s (AAPL) flagship Fifth Avenue store for the launch of the iPhone 5. The queue of customers isn’t as long as the 1,200 that greeted the iPad 2, but at 7 a.m. — one hour before doors open — I counted 710 heads, 52% more than the 400 at the iPhone 4S launch.

Check out the most comprehensive unboxing photos of iPhone 5 and first impressions from one of our readers.

If you’ve got your hands on the shiny new iPhone 5, then please do share your first impressions in the comments below.

  • stan

    Search on Facebook “HardwareZone.com” for pictures regarding the launch of the iPhone 5 in Singapore.

  • Nobby225

    Thats not a knife

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    Checking in from 9th spot in line @ Huntsville, AL USA Apple store.

    I’d guess 20-22 people in line now, 6 hours till doors open.

  • Cooper

    Mine is shipping to my house today but I saw three or four people in line at the AT&T store in Santa Barbara at 9pm last night. I don’t get it. Why not just order the damn thing online on the first pre-sale day. They’ll have their phone a few hours before me but I get to sleep in my own bed.

  • Risto

    Hi, Check out this funny video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lYyD__iRv4

  • John

    Checking in @ Roseville, CA Apple Store
    I’m number 127 @ 6:00AM PST

    • Cooper

      How do you even know that you’re going to get one? You could wait for three hours and then get sent home.

  • Rob

    I received my IPhone today (JB Hifi in Australia) and it has a really annoying squeak coming from the bottom right side. It squeaks whenever the screen and back are lightly pressed together. I would have expected better build quality then this from Apple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JensPeter Jens Peter Holst

    77% more. Not 52%

  • eliran

    its pathetic , no other words , sick people , for a stupid phone that 3 weeks from now you can buy easy .

    on the other hand look who sits there ,

    BTW i own ios 4 , love it , and the fact that now i have to change half of my accessories make me sick