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The 2007 original iPhone release in pictures: The birth of Apple store pandemonium

The release of the original iPhone was a major event, drawing thousands of people to Apple stores. We take a look back at the first iPhone's launch day crowds.

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The iPhone has arrived

Long lines with hundreds of people at the Apple store were common on June 20, 2007. They all waited excitedly for the new iPhone.

Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York City.

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Ready to serve

Each Apple store was fully staffed to serve the throngs of customers ready to buy a new iPhone.  

Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York City.

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High five

Customers greeted each other—and were greeted by Apple staff—with high fives.  

Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York City.

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Calm before the iPhone storm

Meanwhile, crowds were forming in front of other stores all around the country, just prior to the store opening.

North Michigan Avenue store in Chicago.

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Hands on

Customers were eager to get their hands on the new iPhone.

North Michigan Avenue store in Chicago.

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More high fives

High fives all around!

Fashion Valley store in San Diego.

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Up close

Apple employees answered a lot of questions on iPhone day.

Fashion Valley store in San Diego.

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Say hello to iPhone

Getting a close look at the iPhone.

Fashion Valley store in San Diego.

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iPhone crowd among the palm trees

More eager customers.

Lincoln Road store in Miami Beach.

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Media event

The media came out in droves to document the event.

Lincoln Road store in Miami Beach.

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Happy customer

iPhone owners carried their new gear in special bags to commemorate the event.

Lincoln Road store in Miami Beach.