iPhone X draws crowds all around the world

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(CBS) The iPhone X went on sale around the world on Friday, drawing crowds and long lines as Apple fans patiently waited to get their hands on the very best iPhone money can buy.

The iPhone X just scrapes in under 1K in the US, with a starting price of $999. This second launch, which comes more than a month after the launch of the iPhone 8, is the latest wrinkle in the annual gathering of Apple fanboys, gadget enthusiasts and publicity seekers.

Apple's decision to stagger the launches presented consumers with the dilemma of buying the more readily available iPhone 8 immediately, or holding out for the supposedly supply-constrained iPhone X. To the people who showed up on Friday, there was no question which iPhone won out.

Fans turned out in droves, despite early murmurings of production delays and reports that Apple might ship only half the number of devices it originally planned.

For many, it's the only way to get the device on launch day, with pre-orders for the November 3rd shipping date selling out in as little as 10 minutes. Now, customers are facing delays of up to six weeks to get the Apple phone.

Apple's flagship Australian store in Sydney was the first in the world to sell the new iPhone, and early birds were queuing since the start of the week to be able to buy it off the shelf.