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Slideshow: The iPhone 5s and 5c launch in pictures

Another launch, another line! The iPhone 5s and 5c launched on Friday, and crowds lined up sometimes around the block to secure their new phones.

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iPhone 5s arrives and so do the crowds

Another iPhone launch, another onrush of shoppers to Apple Stores around the world. And with the iPhone 5s only available through stores on launch day, early adopters had added incentive to brave the crowds. Here are the top images from iPhone 5s and 5c launch events around the globe.

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First!

Apple began selling iPhones at 8 a.m. local time in 10 countries. That meant Australia led things off Friday, as crowds queued up at the Apple Store in Sydney.

Photo: Ross Catanzariti/Good Gear Guide

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Hurry up and wait

Part of getting an iPhone on Launch Day means coming prepared to sit around for a while. These two shoppers at New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store were smart enough to bring their own chairs.

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That's no moon...

...that’s the illuminated Apple logo shining out over iPhone enthusiasts queuing up in front of the Palo Alto, Calif., Apple Store in the wee small hours of Friday morning.

Photo: Dan Frakes

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A day in the park

The line outside Apple’s Regent Street store in London stretched down Hannover Street to Hannover Square Gardens, spilling out the other side.

Photo: Karen Haslam, Macworld UK

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Special guest star

Tim Cook drops by an Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., to see how the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c is shaping up.

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Keep your spirits up

In San Francisco, where the line stretched around the block, staff handed out coffee and donuts to the weary but excited crowd.

Photo: Hayden Dingman

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The main event

The iPhone 5s was undoubtedly the big attraction on Friday; it was the first day anyone could place orders for the new phone or pick one up at a store—if there were any left.

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Color me excited

While most people in line were waiting for the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c also went on sale Friday (though Apple started taking orders for 5c models a week ago).

Photo: Hayden Dingman

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All that glitters

L Plaga, a rapper, was first in line at the Apple Story on Philadelphia's Walnut Street. “I’ve always got to update my iPhones,” he said, opting for the gold iPhone 5s. “I want gold, gold is real good. It's a beautiful thing.”

Photo: Joel Mathis

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Parting gift

Friday’s iPhone launch was well-timed for Ahmed Aytekin, a student from Turkey. He's leaving the US on Monday, but he'll be taking a newly purchased iPhone 5s with him.

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Love at first sight

After 18 hours in line, Thanh Nguyen finally gets a look at his new 16GB gold iPhone 5s—the only one in stock at the San Francisco store. “Worth it to get the gold one,” Nguyen said.

Photo: Hayden Dingman

Credit: Martyn Williams, IDG News Service
Center of attention

Being one of the first in line at an iPhone release means more than just getting your phone before everyone else. You also get a fair amount of attention from the media, as Fitzgerald Geonzon discovered at the Apple Store in Palo Alto.

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