But hours before the device landed in the hands of customers in the U.S., Steve "The Woz" Wozniak already had two of them.
In line for first iPhone 5's in the world! (@ Apple Store w/ 2 others) [pic]: 4sq.com/Vh8kYS
— Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) September 20, 2012
Wozniak wrote in a Blipfoto post that he had beaten his "California friends by 17 hours.”
However, though he ultimately got his wish of being one of the first few owners of the new smartphone (he ultimately bought one in black and one in white), Wozniak wasn't the first in line this time.
"According to first-hand reports on Twitter, Woz was actually seventh in line. When he did enter the Apple store, people apparently chanted “Woz” over and over," Mashable notes.
Wozniak, who had been in Australia for business, also caught a concert by folk singer Julia Stone during his trip.
"I don't know if that was more exciting or the iPhone," Wozniak told the Los Angeles Times.