Sylvain Gautier emerges from the Apple store in Paris at 8:03 a.m. local time Friday (11 p.m. Thursday) after becoming the first in France to buy an iPhone 5S, Apple's new flagship smartphone. He bought a second for a friend. Apple's iPhone 5S and the lower-end 5C went sale Friday morning in several countries.
Sylvain Gautier, the first member of the French public to own an iPhone 5S, shows off his purchase for press photographers outside Apple's Opera store in Paris. Apple's iPhone 5S and the lower-end 5C went sale Friday morning in several countries.
Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C go on sale Friday morning, which has already arrived in places like Australia.
Here, Jimmy Gunawan walks out of the flagship Apple store in Sydney with two new iPhones in hand Friday morning local time (about 3 p.m. PT Thursday).
In Singapore, the iPhone 5S is available from carriers, and here are the first ten in line at SingTel's launch event held at Marina Bay Sands. John Yap, the first, has been queueing since 9pm the night before. He bought a gold 64GB iPhone 5S.
With plenty of time left to go, 17-year-old Noah Green patiently sits outside the Apple store on London's Regent Street. To his right, second in line, is Michael, who's a friend of Noah's and part of a die-hard gang that rallies around Apple events.
A queue is forming outside Singapore telco M1's store, located at the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district. Melva Yip (left) is the first in the queue. He was also the first person in the queue during the past three iPhone launches.
This is the scene Thursday night outside the Shibuya Apple Store in Tokyo. The iPhone 5S goes on sale at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, which is 12 hours after this photo was taken. There is a line of about 70 people, and the first person started lining up on Thursday morning. This is a big contrast from the Ginza store, where the first person started waiting in line more than a week ago.
Sylvain Gautier, the first member of the public in France to own Apple's new flagship iPhone, shows off what he bought -- a 64GB space gray model for himself and a 32GB white model for a friend. Apple's iPhone 5S and the lower-end 5C went sale Friday morning in several countries.
Apple store employees in Paris gave the first person in line for an iPhone 5S a warm, loud welcome with kisses, cheers, and sustained applause. He took longer than the second person in line to make his purchase, though, so was wasn't the first person to actually buy an iPhone 5S in France, though.
This red-nosed gentleman had been there all night. "I don't have a mind. I cannot communicate unless through an iPhone," he said. "This is the best moment of my life. I love this place, I love these people, I love Apple, I love Steve Jobs."
And he's finally got it! After three nights sleeping rough on the streets of London, Norman has his iPhone 5S. He bought two -- both gold 64GB models -- which he'll auction and give the proceeds to charity. He's followed by second in the queue Jesse Green, who bought an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 5C.
Two minutes walk away on the Strand, there is no queue at this Phones 4U store, which has plenty of both iPhone 5C and 5S. But they'll only sell you one on a contract, not SIM-free, which they said was exclusive to Apple for two weeks.
Brian Ceballo and his sponsors at SellYourMac.com have been waiting in line for 15 days here in New York. Having done the wait-in-line thing for every iPhone in the last 5 years this is his first time at the front of the line... With an hour still to wait these guys are up on their feet and ready to go!
Photo by: Sarah Tew / CBS Interactive
/ Caption by:James Martin
What do you mean there are no 64GB gold iPhone 5S phones?
An Apple store employee tells 19-year-old Brian Ceballo that the store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue -- one of Apple's largest -- doesn't have the 64GB iPhone 5S in stock. Ceballo, the first in line, waited for 15 days at the store for that particular device. Apple eventually "found one in back," he says.