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Apple Envy: Lines Form Around the World for the iPhone 6

There's pent-up demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which officially go on sale on Friday.

People lined up in droves all over the world on Thursday in anticipation of the release of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday. The record demand has already outstripped supply, and preorders sold out last week. From Singapore to Australia to Seattle, fans by the dozens — and sometimes by the hundreds — waited outside Apple stores overnight for the chance to snag the hottest new smartphone.

A scene from Singapore:

In Australia, people offered themselves as proxies in line (for a fee, of course).

Darkness greeted people waiting outside an Apple store in Seattle.

Lawn chairs marked the occasion in Palo Alto, California.

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— CNBC and NBC News staff