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Videos: Apple's iPhone 5 lines around the world

September 21, 2012: 5:42 AM ET

Despite the map flap, customers queue up from Sydney to New York for Cupertino's latest

The countdown in Sydney, Australia

FORTUNE -- While the tech press obsessed about the shortcomings of Apple's (AAPL) new Maps app -- the only one currently available on the new iPhone 5 -- customers in nine countries were queuing up to buy the thing.

It's too early to say whether the lines that greeted Apple's latest mobile phone are longer or shorter than those for the iPhone 4S last year.

But the videos coming in from overseas suggest that demand remains strong.

A sampling:

Tokyo and Sydney:


Hong Kong:





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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for

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