Apple released its latest smartphone on the market on Friday, September 21, at 8:00 a.m. local time in each time zone.
The iPhone 5 became available in stores across the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore and by the end of the year it will launch in 100 countries, with Apple fans in Australia and Japan getting to be the first to grab the iPhone 5 on Friday.
CNNMoney posted a set of videos showing customers queuing up to buy the handset.
Pre-orders for the device topped 2 million units in the first 24 hours of availability.
Apple was reportedly taken aback by the huge number of customers pre-ordering the device.
AT&T called the device “the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered,” with pre-orders hitting a record 2 million in the first 24 hours.
Shipment times for the new iPhone were extended from 2-3 weeks to 3-4 weeks but now a new delivery date was set for September 27th.
Analyst speculation estimated that 6-10 million units of iPhone 5 could be sold in the opening weekend.
The first benchmark for the iPhone 5 showed that its score of 1601 beats any other iOS device.
But tech sites managed to get their hands on the coveted device ahead of the official launch date and even performed teardowns.
BGR published pictures of the first exclusive unboxing of the device and the site T3.com posted a YouTube video showing the unpacking of the iPhone 5 and removing the accessories that come with the smartphone in its box.
Repair site iFixit performed a teardown of the handset after it went on sale in Australia.
In addition, user sharingan_sasuk at the U.K. Overclockers forums conducted a test and with a set of keys he scuffed the “chamfered edges” of his black iPhone 5′s aluminum back.
He discovered that scratches can be made very easily and posted a photo as proof.
It was also reported that the new iPhone costs Apple an estimated $207 to build after market researcher IHS iSuppli performed a virtual “teardown” of the device by, Cupertino pays an estimated $199 to build the hardware of a 16 GB iPhone 5.
Amazon sellers Nanotch and iTronz are reportedly offering pre-orders for 30-pin to Lightning adapters.
Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing has said that there are no plans to release a dock for the new iPhone in an email he sent to a customer who wanted to know if the company will release a dock for the device in the future.
This week Apple released the official design schematics for the iPhone 5 so that third-party manufacturers will be able to design peripheral products ahead of the device’s September 21 launch.
Apple rolled out four new television ads promoting the device.