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Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone

Hundreds of technology fans jostle to be among the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 4S

Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Apple's long awaited, new iPhone 4S went on sale in stores around the globe on Friday. Thousands of people queued to nab the last device made during Steve Jobs' lifetime. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Customers in Japan queue up to buy the new gadget on the day of its release at a Softbank shop in Tokyo. The phone was unveiled just a day before Jobs died. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Techno-hungry fans in Covent Garden, London, also stood in line in the hopes of being among the first to bag the latest toy from the US technology giant. Analysts predict that up to three million handsets could sell this weekend. (Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
A happy customer holds up her newly bought Apple iPhone 4S. The phone initially attracted criticism for its similarities to the last iPhone, but anticipation of the 'Siri' voice software is thought to have boosted sales. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Many camped out and queued for more than 24 hours in Hong Kong. Apple opened its first store in the city on September 24 in a bid to tap into the booming Chinese market. (AFP/Getty Images)v
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Tensions were high at Apple's plush new harbourside store in the Chinese territory as people queued to buy a maximum of five iPhone 4's at a time, sometimes only to hand them over to friends outside the store and try to return for more. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Crowds also flooded the Bologna Apple store in Italy. The Bologna store is the eighth Apple store to open in the country, as Apple continues to expand its retail operations, and is only about 60 miles from the sixth Italian store which opened in Florence last month. (Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Duncan Hoare was the first to leave the Covent Garden store in London with his new iPhone. The new model looks similar to the previous edition, but also features a faster dual-core A5 chip, an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and a voice assistant program. (Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Apple shares rose 2 per cent in early trading, as sales reached record levels across Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris and Munich. Media reports said the sales showed the shame of owning only an iPhone 4 and not the latest model, was too much to bear among consumers. (Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
In New York, the line outside Apple's flagship Manhattan store extended around the block after a half-hour of sales. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Apple staff were present to applaud customers as they entered Apple stores around the globe. Many buyers wore T-shirts bearing tributes to Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder, who died last week at the age of 56 after battling with cancer. (Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
A Chinese man displays a bracelet showing he is the first customer in the queue during the opening ceremony of a new Apple store in Shanghai. Apple said its second quarter revenue in greater China - an area including Taiwan and Hong Kong - reached $3.8bn, six times that seen in the same period last year, making the region a key driver behind the company's record results. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
A man takes a photograph of himself in front of the window display after buying the new iPhone 4S at an Apple store in London. The phone, which went on sale at 8am, has impressed many fans with its eight-megapixel camera, though some say it brings Apple in line with competitor Samsung's Galaxy S II. (AFP/Getty Images)
Apple fans queue overnight to nab new iPhone
Apple executives are hoping that the first device sold without Steve Jobs present will protect the company against a growing challenge from the likes of competitor Samsung Electronics. Samsung is expecting to overtake Apple as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in terms of unit sales in the third quarter of this year. (Getty Images)