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iPhone 5 fans celebrate their new gadgets

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Apple Store employees applaud a customer after he bought a new iPhone 5 on the day of its release at Covent Garden in London on Sept. 21.

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Ralf Marth celebrates being the first customer at an Apple store to get an iPhone 5 in Munich Sept. 21.

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James and Tamsyn Vohradsky hold up their new phones after becoming the first buyers of Apple's new iPhone 5 from the flagship store in Sydney, on Sept. 21.

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First in line, Ryan Williams, reacts as he enters the Apple store to purchase the first new Apple iPhone 5 at the Apple Store in Covent Garden in London Sept. 21.

 

Apple's iPhone 5 hit stores in a festive global roll out, with long queues of devotees undeterred by a lukewarm welcome from experts and complaints about the smartphone's new mapping system.

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