Long line in Winston-Salem awaits iPhone 5’s retail debut

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Customers and sales associates crowded the work stations at the Stratford Road Verizon store as the Apple iPhone 5 went on sale Friday. The store had 42 people in line when it opened. (Credit: DAVID ROLFE/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The people in line at the phone store at 8 a.m. Friday still relished the sense of being in the middle of something huge: the retail debut of the iPhone 5.

Forty two people were waiting for their chance to purchase the latest in Apple’s popular smartphone line by the time the doors opened.

Some said they were surprised that the line hadn’t been longer, but Verizon officials said the opportunity for online pre-ordering had drawn away many in-person customers.

Apple said it had received 2 million orders for the iPhone 5 in the first 24 hours after its release was announced, more than twice the number for the iPhone 4S when that phone launched a year ago.

Analysts have estimated that Apple will ship as many as 10 million iPhone 5s by the end of September.

Shane Carroll and his girlfriend, Amy Peoples, of King, were the first in line Friday at the Verizon store at 1990 S. Stratford Road.

Carroll said they arrived at the store about 10:45 p.m. Thursday and spent the night in their car, passing the time with PlayStation, other games and cards. The couple said they set up chairs on the sidewalk to make it clear they were there first.

“You don’t see lines like this for any other phone,” Carroll said.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.