PHOTOS: iPhone lines at Apple stores around the world

Daniel Bean, Yahoo News
Yahoo News

Move over, Black Friday: iFriday is quickly becoming quite the retail phenomenon in its own right, and globally at that.

Twice a year, Apple stores worldwide incite large lines of consumers who are hoping to be among the first to get their hands on the newest iDevice. Apple typically chooses a Friday in the Spring to release the next iteration of its iPad, but Fall is iPhone season, and this Friday customers withstood long lines, some for days, just to get a crack at buying the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c.

One analyst, in fact, claims that Apple's flagship store in Manhattan saw its longest lines ever, with almost twice as many people waiting this year compared to last year. Notably, a fight broke out outside the Pasadena Apple store, where a businessman apparently offered to pay dozens of homeless men and women to wait in line for the phones.

Part of this, of course, is because Apple did not take online pre-orders for its iPhone, meaning that if you wanted the latest iPhone on day one, you had to get one in person. That meant sleeping bags, tents, lawn chairs and comfy sweatsuits in front of a lot of Apple stores this time around.

Take a look below at some of this Friday’s great Apple store camp-out pictures from around the world.

Hong Kong, China

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People queue outside an Apple store to purchase the new iPhone 5s and 5c in Hong Kong on September 20, 2013.


Brossard, Quebec, Canada
Sydney, Australia
Chicago, Ill.

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People who have been waiting in line to buy the new iPhone 5S rushed into the Michigan Avenue Apple Store when …


Paris, FranceTokyo, Japan

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A woman wearing a kimono walks past people waiting outside the Apple Store, in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, …


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An iPhone fan waits outside an Apple Store to purchase Apple's new iPhone 5S at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district …

London, England
Los Angeles, Calif.
Germany
Sydney, Australia
Palm Springs, Calif.
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Palo Alto, Calif.
Spokane, Wash.
New York, N.Y.

Boston, Mass.
Houston, Texas
Hawaii

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