The iPhone 5 is finally here. The most highly anticipated gadget since Apple’s last big release arrives in stores on Friday across United States and is already the Apple’s biggest hit. In addition to U.S., iPhone 5 will go on sale today in UK, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
Many customers have queued more than a week before the launch. In New York, hundred lined up outside of the flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue. Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt is at the 5th Avenue Store and notes that the line 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.
Earlier this week, Apple announced it took more than 2 million pre-orders within 24 hours for its new iPhone 5 with AT&T confirming to have broken all past records. Next 48 hours will be a nerve-racking time for Apple. What do you say? And, if you were one of the lucky ones to get your hands on the new device, leave a comment. We’d love to know what you think.