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iPhone reception huge; Apple sprints to keep up with fierce demand

iPhone reception across the world is massive. From Tokyo to San Francisco, stores are selling out of the iPhone.

iPhone mania! Hundreds spent the night as they wait in line early Thursday morning at the Irvine Spectrum for the Apple iPhone 4 to go on sale.


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iPhone 4 has arrived, but for some people the wait continues as Apple sprints to keep up with fierce demand for its latest gadget.

From Tokyo to San Francisco, some stores started selling out of Apple Inc.'s newest iPhone just hours after it went on sale Thursday. Some would-be buyers walked away disappointed; tensions grew at Apple stores that hadn't run out.

In Aventura, Florida, Loren and Veronica McHenry held out hope, even after miscommunications landed them at the back of the line. They were told Wednesday that no one was allowed on mall property overnight, but returned the next day to learn 120 people had camped out at a nearby parking lot.

As the crowd pushed closer to the store, Apple employees started yelling that the fire marshal was going to shut the store down unless people moved back. The McHenrys were shoved out of place and behind a large group of people who refused to budge from their spots. Loren McHenry, 42, said two men in front of them threatened to fight each other rather than move, and guards sent a handful of people home for cutting in line.

After 11 hours, the couple finally had iPhones, but Veronica McHenry vowed to pre-order to avoid such a scene in the future. At other stores, even people who reserved a phone waited in line for eight hours or more.


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