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Maps Issues Aside, Apple Stores Still Draw Big Crowds as iPhone 5 Goes On Sale

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News Posted: Fri, Sep 21 2012 10:34 AM
After months and months of rumors, followed by an official announcement and a little over a week of waiting, Apple's much heralded iPhone 5 is finally here. Depending on where you live, however, don't expect to leisurely trot on down to your neighborhood Apple store and walk away with a new generation iPhone model. Those who wanted one badly enough on day of release (today) camped out in long lines.

As Samsung has pointed out in humorous ads mocking the Apple faithful, this has become an annual ritual, or bi-annual if you factor in the iPad. Each new iPhone release seems to bring with it a larger fan base, and the iPhone 5 will undoubtedly set a record for first day sales. It's already done so in pre-order sales, notching 10 million pre-orders during the first 24 hours, which is twice as many as the iPhone 4S when it debuted last year.

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Some analysts estimate that Apple could sell as many as 10 million iPhones this weekend. You can bet Apple keeps an especially close eye on the number, as iPhone sales account for around 66 percent of the company's profit.

Keeping up with the rabid demand is another story. Availability of pre-orders placed online have already been pushed to 3-4 weeks, and there's been talk that Sharp is having a tough time producing displays at a fast enough rate to satiate demand.

Did you pick up an iPhone 5 today? If so, tell us about your experience. And if not, tell us why.
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RTietjens replied on Fri, Sep 21 2012 12:41 PM

Well, be fair. Apple could fish up a load of raw sewage, freeze-dry it, and slap an Apple sticker on it, and the Apple fans would pay $600 each to get a 10oz. packet.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Sep 21 2012 1:41 PM

LOL! That was pretty good.

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lipe123 replied on Fri, Sep 21 2012 2:14 PM

Already have my SGX3.

You'd think that by now the iSheep would be just one city block but clearly there is no force equal to ignorance and blind fanboyism.

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RiCoFrost replied on Fri, Sep 21 2012 4:58 PM

Dam some ppl are crazy.... why wait inline for hours or days for a dam phone.... its not even anything that great LOL apple fans hahahah gota love them. They make greedy people good money :)

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4L1G8R replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 4:02 PM

"Does it stink as much as last years?" lol

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