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Lining Up for the iPhone 5 at Bellevue Square Apple Store? Share Your Photos, Tips

It's a bit of a tradition now -- the iPhone 5 goes on sale worldwide Friday morning at 8 a.m., and people around the country queue up at Apple Stores to be the first to get their hands on one. Will you go? Send us a photo.

Update 7:30 a.m. Friday:

More than 175 people waited in line for the iPhone 5 launch at the Bellevue Square Apple Store by Friday morning.

Some stayed overnight, like Antonio Hunter of Bellevue, who was first in line for this iPhone, and has lined up for "all of them."

"I guess I’m what you call an 'Apple fanboy,' " he said.

"It’s a good product, a lot of people want it," he said. He waits in line, "just to make sure I could have it first."

Hunter said he never has ordered it online, and has opted to get products on the first day by waiting in line.

"It’s kind of  a different experience," he said. "It’s a chance to associate with other people kind of like you, with the same general interest in technology."

Bruce Ryan of Bellevue decided to come at 4:45 a.m., to be at the store when it opened at 8 a.m., but to avoid waiting overnight, to get his first iPhone and to buy a new iPhone for his wife.

"It was a long line, but it was shorter than I had feared."

"I couldn’t make up my mind on the night when they went on presale," he said. "I missed out on that, so I figured I better come down today and get one."

He's upgrading from an old Nokia phone that he's had for four years.

"The Apple people have treated us really nicely. They got us coffee," he said.

 

Update 7:45 p.m. Thursday:

If you're planning to line up at the Bellevue Square Apple Store location, Patch has learned that people may start to line up at 9:30 p.m. outside Bellevue Square. The Apple Store can let the line into the mall at 6 a.m., and the store opens at 8 a.m.

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Will you be in line for the iPhone 5?

After several iterations of iPhones, it's now a bit of a tradition -- the iPhone 5 goes on sale worldwide Friday morning at 8 a.m., and people around the country queue up at Apple Stores to be the first to get their hands on one.

And it seems that Apple reopened its new Bellevue Square Apple Store location, which is three times bigger than its previous storefront, just in time for the iPhone 5 launch.

Will you go? Send us a photo. Share your photos with Patch by tweeting them to @BellevuePatch or by texting them to 425-999-2222. Or post them here directly by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.

Lined up for the iPhone in the past? Let us know in the comments what your tips are for waiting overnight.

The iPhone 5 .

Within one hour, online pre-orders sold out, compared to a 20-hour time period for the iPhone 4 and 22 hours for the iPhone 4s, according to the Huffington Post. Apple said Monday that iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours.

But those who weren’t able to snatch a pre-order can get a new iPhone 5 on the first available day at Apple Stores, which will open at 8 a.m. Friday.

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