IN PICTURES: Apple iPhone 5 launches in Sydney (35 photos)

Mayhem at Apple's Sydney CBD store and surrounding telco outlets

At the door.

At the door.

The globally awaited Apple iPhone 5 launched at 8am in Australia, with the vendor's George St store in Sydney attracting customer and media mayhem.

The customer line, which commenced at the store's doors, extended around the corner of King St, and then left to York St for another 100-metre stretch.

Nearby Telstra and Optus retail stores had their own queues. Telstra even hired a DJ who played for much of the morning (even before sunrise), and its own official countdown timer.

In terms of features, there was a common consensus: the form factor, 4G capability, A6 chip, and camera.

While most were celebrating the launch, a group of six independent protesters were present as part of a 'Give Up For Good' initiative.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 5 goes on sale

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 5 line starts in Sydney

With the launch in Australia now done, the spotlight moves to Japan. A queue of several hundred people are already waiting for the 8am start of sales there. The biggest launch event in Japan is expected to take place outside the flagship store of carrier Softbank Mobile in Tokyo's Ginza district. There, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son is expected to attend and hand an iPhone 5 to his first Japanese customer.

The phone will also go on sale in Hong Kong and Singapore before the launch shifts to Europe. The UK, France and Germany will see the iPhone 5 go on sale today with launches in the US and Canada rounding off the first day of sales.

Next week the phone will go on sale in an additional 22 countries.

(Additional reporting by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service)

2015 State of The IT Channel Survey : IT'S TIME!!! Fill in this year's State of the IT Channel Survey and be in the running to win great prizes. CLICK HERE

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments
 
Computerworld
CIO
Techworld
CMO

Latest News

09:45AM
Aussie start-ups enticed to cross the ditch
02:00AM
Why 2G/3G networks won’t close en masse until 2020
May 01
Migme’s 2014 annual report shows 74 per cent loss
May 01
Apple Pay and NPP to shake up Aussie payments industry
More News
05 May
Modern Business Summit
05 May
D-LINK TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR (ACT)
05 May
CeBIT Australia 2015
06 May
2015 Innotribe Startup Challenge
View all events