Thousands Queue Around the World for the iPhone X Release [PICS]

Announced in September, the iPhone X went on sale in several countries on Friday. In Canada, Apple Stores opened at 8 AM, but people were seen waiting in line by 6 PM Thursday at many locations. Pre-orders of the phone sold out in minutes online all over the world.

Beginning Thursday night locally, crowds surrounded Apple’s retail stores in Singapore, Japan, and Australia, recalling the throngs that formed on the first day of iPhone sales on June 29, 2007.

Videos and photos published on Twitter showed security guards sectioning off those waiting in line outside Apple’s Orchard Road store in Singapore. In Sydney, fans set up lawn chairs while others sold their spots in line just hours before the phone was scheduled to go on sale in the region. Lines outside Tokyo’s Ginza Apple Store snaked down more than two blocks. In London, Apple employees cheered as the first customers exited the store after buying the new handset.

Here are a collection of photos of some of the first customers around the world to own the “future of the smartphone,” the iPhone X:

Apple Regent Street, London

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Apple Dubai Mall

The new phone celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. It has a storage capacity of up to 256 GB. The phone also has wireless charging, an OLED display, dual cameras with improved depth sensing, and a 3D face recognition unlocking system called Face ID.