iPhone 5s gold rush begins, as crowds line up in US for new phone (+10 photos)

"Everyone is just crazy for the iPhone"

  • Apple’s latest phones—the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s—hit retail shelves on Friday. And at Apple Stores in 10 countries around the world, people lined up in anticipation of doors opening at 8 a.m. local time so they could get their hands on the new models, just as they had for previous iPhone launches.

  • Friday’s iPhone launch brought the usual crowds to New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store, but the fact the iPhone 5s wasn’t available for preorder meant a larger turnout.

  • Jose Marinez has been to enough iPhone releases to know to bring a comfortable chair.

  • Student Iryna Hrubiy holds up her space gray iPhone 5s.

  • Apple Store employees handed out tickets, like this one in Cambridge, Mass., so that people waiting in line could claim their iPhone by the time they reached the store.

  • A customer tries out the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor at the Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, on September 20, 2013

  • At the Apple Store on Philadelphia’s Walnut Street, store employees help set up customers with new iPhones.

  • By the time the Fifth Avenue store opened on Friday, the line stretched for blocks.

  • The iPhone 5s was a popular item at the Regent Street store in London.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook leaves the Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, shortly after the iPhone 5S and 5C go on sale on September 20, 2013

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