Apple launches iPhone; America lines up

New York - Apple launched its new iPhone in US retail stores Friday to brisk demand as some New Yorkers lined up to get their hands on the latest offering from the computer and gadget maker which packs a cell phone, music player and web browser.

Cupertino, California-based, Apple and its chief executive Steve Jobs hope the iPhone, a sleek lightweight device which fits in the hand, will prove as popular as its best-selling iPod music players.

Eager New Yorkers, some of whom camped out overnight, were lined up at one Apple store which offered the first iPhones for sale Friday morning to be among the first consumers to get hold of one of the pocket-sized gadgets.

Greg Packer, 43, was first in line at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue, one of New York's premium shopping avenues, after setting up camp on Monday at 5:00 am to ensure he would be among the first in the city to grab a new iPhone.

By the time the store opened at 9:00 am Friday morning, an additional 160-odd people had lined up behind Packer eager to make a new technological purchase.

Some people in line said they were hoping to sell on an iPhone for a profit, however.

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