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Six years after the first iPhone, people are still excited and lining up at stores around the globe. The iPhone 5 launched in nine countries Friday morning, and Australia was the first to sell it. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was seventh in line at a store in Australia just to say he was one of the first in the world to get one. (That put him 17 hours ahead of customers in California.)
For today's show I interviewed the loyal Apple fans waiting at the iconic 5th Ave. Apple store in New York City, asking what they think about the new model. Everyone I spoke to was not too concerned with the glitches in Apple's new Maps app. Some either were not aware, or had faith that Apple would quickly improve it.
This is the first time the iPhone can tap into 4G LTE wireless speeds, which can be faster than home Wi-Fi. Although Verizon has the largest coverage area for LTE, the majority of those in line at the Cube said they were sticking with AT&T.
Hazem Sayed was the first in line at the Cube, waiting eight days for his iPhone 5. He did it as a stunt to promote Vibe, a social networking app he created. Sitting through rainstorms took a toll on his health -- he says he caught a cold -- but the exposure to him was worth it.
Many of the first in line were sponsored by companies, wearing logos to get a free iPhone. Several customers were sponsored by Gazelle. Case maker Otterbox handed out T-shirts, backpacks of survival swag and free cases to fans in line.
Update viewers also sent in photos of iPhone lines from their neighborhoods: