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Manchester Arndale store sees huge queues, as record numbers turn out for iPhone 5

By Sarah Brook

Record numbers of fans queued up overnight at Manchester Arndale’s Apple Store, to get their hands on the latest iPhone 5, which went on sale for the first time this morning.

Eager buyers braved the brawls and the bad weather to ensure they got the hands on the ‘world’s most advanced operating system’.

The phone is already set to be a best-seller, with Apple reporting pre-orders worldwide of nearly two million in just 24 hours. With the demand so high, Apple have had to push back delivery times with some online customers not expected to receive theirs until October.

An apple representative working at the Manchester Arndale store told MM: “I have never seen anything like it.”

Guy Richards, 22, from Salford, queued from midnight to make sure he didn’t miss out.

He said: “I have bought two phones this morning, one for myself and one to sell on.

“I can make quick money by selling it on because people don’t want to queue.”

Although the new map application on the iPhone 5 has received some heavy criticism, customers were not put off and continued to queue throughout the day to buy the product.

“We expect the huge queues to continue throughout next week,” an Apple staff member commented.

Sophie Denton, 24, from Manchester, received her iPhone 5 through the post this morning. She said: “I am thrilled with it, it is so slim and the internet is so quick.

“I definitely did it the right way round by pre-ordering, I would hate queuing in the rain!”

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