iPhone 5 lines around the world

Updated 11:31 AM ET, Thu September 20, 2012
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From New York to Tokyo, people are already lining up outside Apple stores to buy the iPhone 5, which goes on sale Friday. Here, people sit in a queue outside Apple's flagship store in Sydney on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
Apple store staff hand out free drinks and chocolate to Apple fans queuing on the sidewalk for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 5 in Tokyo. AFP/Getty Images
Stephen Warren, 22, shot this photo of iPhone 5 campers Monday outside an Apple store in Little Rock, Arkansas. "We've now got three people in line," he told CNN. "The fourth person comes and goes due to college classes at University of Arkansas at Little Rock." Stephen Warren/CNN iReport
Customers line up Monday outside Apple's flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City -- four days before the iPhone 5 goes on sale. AFP/Getty Images
Alexandre Marchetti walked by the Apple store in London's Covent Garden on Thursday and shot this photo of a man offering a seat for sale at the front of the iPhone 5 line to raise money for cancer research. It's going for 600 pounds, or nearly $1,000 U.S. dollars. The man has been waiting since Friday. Courtesy Alexandre Marchetti
Apple fans line up outside an Apple Store in Tokyo on Thursday. The iPad in the chair reads "15 hours more for iPhone 5." AFP/Getty Images
A man waits in line Monday outside the flagship Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York.
Francis Le holds up a placard in his mock food queue outside Apple's flagship store in Sydney on Thursday in a form of protest against people waiting to buy the iPhone 5. Le is seeking to highlight what he calls the madness of endless consumption and to contrast it with desperate, hungry people around the world. AFP/Getty Images