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iPhone 5C and 5S launch today, proving Apple can still draw crowds
Friday, September 20th, 2013

On June 29, 2007, Apple launched a device that would revolutionize the high-tech industry, putting computer manufacturers, cellphone makers and internet providers on their ears.

Fans lined up for days to be the first to use an iPhone.

Fast-forward six years to the launch of the 5C and 5S and -- amid deflated stock prices and an ultra-competitive smartphone market -- we find that ... absolutely nothing has changed.

"It's been one year since iPhone 5. It's about time to upgrade I guess," Jimmy Gunawan, the first in line outside an Apple store in Sydney, told Reuters.

In fact, these models helped Apple stock climb on Friday.

Shares rose as much as 1.3 percent as the new phones went on sale in 11 markets, Reuters reported, and the Cupertino, Calif., firm could sell up to 6.5 million iPhones this weekend.

Reports from the lineups in New York City proclaim fans queued 15 days ago to become the first to test out that nifty fingerprint scanner ... in five different colors.

From Hong Kong to Gotham, here are scenes from outside Apple stores everywhere.

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Customers queue at the Apple store on September 20, 2013 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world to purchase the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models.

(Lam Yik Fei - AFP/Getty Images)
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Apple fans display Apple's new iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones at the Apple Store in Tokyo on September 20, 2013.

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Kerim Muhammet poses with his two new Apple iPhone 5S models after waiting in line overnight in Glendale, California, on September 20, 2013. Apple launched two new models of the iPhone today, the iPhone 5S, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5, and a less expensive iPhone 5C.

(ROBYN BECK - AFP/Getty Images)
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Brian Ceballo, who waited outside the Fifth Avenue Apple store for two weeks, walks out of the store after being the first person to buy an iPhone 5S on September 20, 2013 in New York City. Apple launched two new models of iPhone: the iPhone 5S, which is preceded by the iPhone 5, and a cheaper, paired down version, the iPhone 5C. The phones come with a new operating system, iOS7.

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A customer celebrates buying two new iPhone 5S models at the Wangfujing flagship store on September 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. Apple launched the new iPhone 5C model that will run iOS 7 and is made from hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in various colors, and the iPhone 5S that features fingerprint recognition security.

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Customers wearing hand-made iPhone headpieces smile as they wait to purchase Apple's new iPhone 5 outside an outlet of Japan's biggest mobile carrier, NTT Docomo, in Tokyo on September 20, 2013. Apple's new iPhone 5s and 'cheap' 5C models on September 20 went on sale in Japan.

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Apple employees (in blue) welcome people waiting in line to purchase the new Apple iPhone 5S and 5C outside of the Apple Store at the Americana at Brand shopping complex in Glendale, California, on September 20, 2013. Apple launched two new models of the iPhone today, the iPhone 5S, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5, and a less expensive version, the iPhone 5C.

(ROBYN BECK - AFP/Getty Images)
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People waiting to buy the Apple iPhone 5 in line outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue September 20, 2013 in New York. Some people waited as long as 15 days in line outside the store to be the first to buy the phone.

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People wait to buy a new iPhone 5S behind London's flagship Apple store on Regent Street on September 20, 2013 in England. Some consumers have queued for five days, sleeping in makeshift tents, to be the first to own the new updated iPhone.

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People sleep on the floor as they queue for iPhone 5S at Regent Street on September 20, 2013 in London, England. Some consumers have queued for five days, sleeping in makeshift tents, to be the first to own the new updated iPhone.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, meets a customer purchasing the new iPhone on September 20, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. Apple launched two new models of iPhone: the iPhone 5S, which is preceded by the iPhone 5, and a cheaper, paired down version, the iPhone 5C. The phones come with a new operating system.

(Justin Sullivan - AFP/Getty Images)
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