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.
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.
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
International Business Times reports that Singaporeans are also lining up for iPhone 5 outside carrier stores. Check out the video embedded below – huge line:
iPhone 5 line outside Apple Store in Japan via MacStories
Long lines outside App Store in Munich via MacStories
Huge lines outside Apple Store in Frankfurt, Germany via Mac-TV.de
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.
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