The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally launched around the world on 19 September, 2014, following months of hype surrounding Apple's latest smartphone.

Queues in cities from Tokyo to New York formed at Apple's stores, with some particularly enthusiastic iPhone fans waiting in line for weeks in the buildup to launch.

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A man wearing a mask depicting Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple's new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district. Reuters
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A man enjoys his shisha as he camps with others outside an Apple store, as they wait for the start of the new iPhone 6 sale in Frankfurt. Reuters
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Protesters from the Students & Scholars movement hang a banner to demonstrate against what they see as issues in the labour practices adopted by some component suppliers used by Apple outside an Apple Store in Hong Kong Reuters
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A man shows his iPhone 6 as he walks out from the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district. Reuters
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A man collects bags containing the newly released iPhone 6, outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. Reuters
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Local resident Andreas Gibson high-fives employees after being the first to exit the Fifth Avenue store after purchasing an iPhone 6 on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York. Reuters
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Customers wait in line on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus outside the Apple store at Grand Central Terminal in New York. Reuters
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A woman reacts as she takes a photograph on an iPhone 6 Plus after it went on sale at the Apple store in Sydney. Reuters