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West Coast readies to buy iPhone 4S (photos)

While East Coast customers were already tinkering around with Apple's latest phone, residents in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas were still waiting.

CNET News staff
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A pre-sunrise line formed outside the Apple Store in Emeryville, Calif., in the East Bay across from San Francisco.
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Despite the line at the Apple Store in Emeryville, the nearby Best Buy was crowd-less.
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Just a few folks waited outside the Verizon store in Emeryville early this morning.
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People in line at the Apple Store in Emeryville awaited the 8 a.m. witching hour.
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The folks in line at the AT&T store in Emeryville didn't have much company.
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The downtown San Francisco Apple Store was a magnet for iPhone 4S buyers today.
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The predawn crowd in downtown San Francisco.
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People in line at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store bide their time on their smartphones and tablets.
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Apple employees hand out iPhone order tickets in San Francisco.
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The iPhone 4S wasn't the only thing for sale this morning. Enterprising line-goers in San Francisco were selling their spots.
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iPhone 4S smartphones also waited in line near the Genius Bar at the San Francisco Apple Store.
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Apple employees assist customers this morning at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store.
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Inside the downtown San Francisco Apple Store.
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Francisco Naranjo was the first in line at the Pasadena, Calif., Apple Store after arriving Wednesday night.
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The line stretched around the block at the Apple Store in Pasadena, Calif.
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Robert Melkonyan, a student at Glendale Community College, is the first to emerge from the Pasadena, Calif., Apple Store with his iPhone 4S (and a second for his brother). He says he had been saving up since January for the phones.
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Apple store greeters in Pasadena welcome the first wave of eager iPhone 4S buyers.
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Duncan Fraser, the first guy in line at the downtown San Francisco store, strolls out a little more than an hour after going in to buy the phone.
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At downtown San Francisco's AT&T store, about a dozen and a half people stand in line around 9:30 a.m. PT today.
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A relatively short line forms at the Apple store located in the Americana shopping complex in Glendale.

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