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Apple iPhone 5 hits stores Friday

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NEW YORK (AP) -

Friday's the day millions of people will be lining up at Apple stores -- or keeping an watchful eye on every delivery truck that passes their street.

The iPhone 5 is officially being released.

And as night turned to day around the globe, Apple fans have already been jamming stores from Sydney to Tokyo to pick up the latest model of the smartphone.

In Hong Kong, the first customers chanted "iPhone 5!" as they were greeted by Apple staffers who escorted them through the front door.

Here in the U.S., stores are expected to be jammed with those who want to be among the first to get the phone, which has a larger screen and is lighter than its predecessors.

Customers in Britain, Canada, France and Germany will also see the phone released Friday.

In all, analysts estimate Apple will ship as many as 10 million of the new iPhones by the end of September.

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