iPhrenzy as consumers finally nab Apple's latest phone

week in review After a long wait, iPhone fans finally get their hands on the iPhone 5. Also, Apple unleashes iOS 6 -- along with a map-app flap -- while Google Maps enthusiasts gloat.

Mikhail Vorobyev, one of the early customers to buy an iPhone 5 at Apple's store in Paris, shows off his new purchase.
Mikhail Vorobyev, one of the early customers to buy an iPhone 5 at Apple's store in Paris, shows off his new purchase. Stephen Shankland/CNET

Finally, one of the year's most hyped consumer devices is in the hands of consumers across the globe.

Apple started selling its iPhone 5 smartphone this morning to droves of fans, many of whom waited in long lines -- and even camped out -- in order to be among the first to nab it.

While there were some early reports of dwindling supplies , and preorder delivery dates have been pushed back three to four weeks , lines in front of Apple stores on both U.S. coasts move pretty fast and smiling consumers emerged with their much coveted iPhones in hand.

The iPhone 5 has been getting glowing reviews, including one from CNET's Scott Stein earlier this week who wrote: "Finally, the iPhone we've always wanted."

Of course, many are still trying to get their heads around the hype. This handy FAQ answers reader questions about the device. And it's never too early to start thinking about what we'd like to see in the iPhone 6.
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Apple delivers iOS 6

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Google, Facebook, Amazon lead new tech lobby group

The Internet Association, which also includes Yahoo, AOL, and others, aims at "protecting Internet freedom, fostering innovation and economic growth, and empowering users."

SEC probes possibly fraudulent Facebook pre-IPO sales

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