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Apple iPhone 4 Release: Frenzy Grows As THOUSANDS Line Up For New iPhone (PHOTOS)

AP/Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/24/10 09:28 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

BERLIN -- Apple Inc.'s newest iPhone was in hot demand Thursday as hundreds lined up outside stores in Tokyo, Berlin, New York and elsewhere to become among the first to own the device (see photos below).

The iPhone 4's launch began in Japan and moved across France, Germany and the U.K. before going on sale in the U.S. at 7 a.m. in each time zone.

Unlike past launches, there were worries about limited supplies after more than 600,000 people rushed to pre-order iPhones on the first day they were available, prompting Apple and its U.S. carrier, AT&T Inc., to stop taking orders for shipment by Thursday's launch. On Apple's website, new orders weren't promised for delivery until July 14.

AT&T stopped taking pre-orders entirely and won't have any iPhone 4s for people who didn't reserve them until June 29. That means people who didn't place an iPhone 4 order had to line up outside Apple stores Thursday in the hopes of snagging one on a first-come, first-served basis. Apple won't say whether it believes it has enough iPhones on hand to avoid disappointing those would-be buyers. Story continued on next page

 
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IPhone fans Mitsuru Endo, left, and Ryota Musha show the Apple's latest iPhone 4 during its launch at a Softbank store in the Harajuku district in Tokyo on Thursday morning, June 24, 2010. (GETTY)
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