9:21 AM CDT, September 21, 2012
The moment all Apple lovers have been waiting for has come--the release of the iPhone 5.
Friday morning, doors at the Apple store on the north side opened, where many Hoosiers camped out in anticipation of the release. The phone also went on sale at 8 a.m. in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK.
The iPhone 5 is virtually guaranteed to be Apple's all-time bestseller. Apple took more than 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, shattering last year's iPhone 4S record, and analysts forecast that it will sell as many as 10 million units by Monday morning. Apple's early inventory is already sold out: Online orders placed now won't ship for three to four weeks.
The crowd at the Apple Store at Grand Central Station in New York City was quiet but large about 40 minutes ahead of opening time. The line snaked from the Main Concourse, down hundreds of feet of corridor, to a sign for the exit at 48th St. and Park Avenue. A handful of iPhone hopefuls stepped right up to the marble staircase that leads to the Apple Store -- and appeared bewildered when pointed down the corridor toward a long and growing line.
Many people in line at Grand Central were passing the time using other Apple gadgets like Macs and iPhones.
A variety of other retailers -- including carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint -- will also have the iPhone 5 available for sale on Friday, but their stashes could go fast.
Apple's iPhone 5 release comes nearly one year after Apple's iPhone 4S, the model that introduced the world to Siri. The thinner, faster iPhone 5 is Apple's first hardware overhaul in several years. Reviewers have praised the phone's bigger screen, zippy processor, stellar camera and elegant packaging, but two major changes sparked blowback.
Apple's redesigned "Lightning" connector will require a pricey adapter to link up with old accessories (and it won't work at all with some of them), and early adopters have almost universally blasted Apple's new Map app, which replaced the more-polished Google Maps. A satirical Tumblr, theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com, popped up on Thursday to highlight the ludicrously inaccurate suggestions the new app often makes.
-Fox59 contributed to this report
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