The iPhone 5, which was finally unveiled to the world by Apple on Wednesday, has already spent its pre-order quota for the September 21st launch date. Many consumers around the world set alarms and made allowances just to be able to log in and secure their pre-order, but for those who missed out, it looks like you’re going to have to join the legions of others in queuing outside the store.

We’re used to seeing a significant gathering outside a store for a big tech release – Call of Duty is a prime example of a title drawing many gamers from their couches at ridiculous times and in all weathers. However, nothing quite gets the punters going like an iPhone release, and with many prepared to go without other, arguably more important things just to grab themselves an iPhone, I’m guessing the majority will be unfazed by the hour upon hour of queuing that lies ahead.

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Appleā€™s website began taking pre-orders for the elusive iPhone 5 at midnight PST on Friday, but within an hour, the initial inventory had sold out. According to Dow Jones, shipping times for the device then began changing from September 21st to September 28th, meaning many will have to wait two weeks for their device to ship.

Of course, the site offers consumers the chance to pick up the device from an Apple Store on 21st, but if you’ve seen just how large the congregation tends to be, you’re probably going to want to make alternative arrangements – unless your determination to be among the first to try the new device gets the better of you.

The iPhone bug is, as with many of you I presume, beginning to tap me on the shoulder, and although I still have yet to commit to purchase, I will probably bite the bullet and invest in the upgraded model. Having said that, I’m very glad I’ll not be partaking in the madness which sees people take special holiday days from work, and go without sleep just to grab theirs first.

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There’s invariably something wrong with the initial release of anything (be it software or hardware related), so I shall – like many others – sit idly by and allow the early adopters to get first dibs.

Will you be heading to your local Apple Store on 21st? If so, please do tweet in your images, and you never know, we may even feature one or two of them here at Redmond Pie!

(via Mashable)

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