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10 years of iPhone, 10 years of madness!

Last updated on: September 12, 2017 19:20 IST

The mass hysteria began in 2007 when Apple introduced the first iPhone.
10 years on, the craziness to get a brand new iPhone as soon as it launches continues.
We go down memory lane before the unveiling of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

2007: That first iPhone

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

The moment when the first customer in line to purchase an iPhone -- -- he queued up all night for it -- was allowed into the Apple flagship Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, on June 29, 2007.
Photograph: Jeff Zelevansky/REUTERS

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Some like this man couldn't wait for their turn and paid a $400 premium over the cost of the iPhone!
Photograph: Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

The hysteria was the same across the pond in the United Kingdom 5 months later. Customers braved the November chills and stayed in queue overnight for it.
Photograph: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

 

2008: iPhone 3G

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Fans in Tokyo showed serious dedication to the iPhone.
Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

 

2010: iPhone 4

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

That was the queue to buy the iPhone 4 at the Shanghai Apple Store!
Photograph: Aly SongReuters

 

2011: iPhone 4S

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Friends and strangers shared resources as they waited to buy the new Apple iPhone 4S in London.
Fans snapped up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs' lifetime, many buying the phone as a tribute to the former Apple boss.

Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

A man in Tokyo even turned up wearing a Steve Jobs mask.
Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Apple employees also shared in the excitement.
Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Enterprising dealers in some parts of the world made people wait in queue for the phone, but -- like this man -- realised that not all his minions were ready to part with the phone at the decided price.
Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

 

2012: iPhone 5 series

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

That was the scene outside the Apple store in London at the 5-year mark.
Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Some people made an event out of it.
Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

While others made pithy observations.
Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

 

2015: iPhone 6 series

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Tents are a common sight outside Apple stores before iPhone launches.
Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

And the wait is always rewarded with infectious enthusiasm.
Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

 

2016: iPhone 7 series

The anticipation of a new iPhone had clearly not reduced till last year.
Photograph:Issei Kato/Reuters

 

10 years of iphone first iPhone customer 2007

Nor had the excitement of buying it before anyone else.
Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

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