NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The iPhone 5 won’t be available in stores until Friday, but that hasn’t stopped die-hard Apple fans from lining up early outside the flagship store on 5th Avenue.

Some customers began camping out in front of the store last week. Others joined the line on Monday.

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WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports

With the camp out now becoming routine ahead of the release of new Apple products, most came prepared with sleeping bags, chairs and umbrellas.

Brian Ceballo from Brooklyn said waiting for days for a chance to get his hands on one of the first iPhone 5’s is worth it.

“I’m a techie. Specifically, I think Apple is a very well-rounded product,” he told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

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The iPhone 5 has a bigger screen that creates room for another row of icons and lets widescreen movies fit better.  It will also come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks in the U.S. and overseas.

The iPhone 5 will be available at Apple’s 356 U.S. stores starting Friday. Each customer who makes a purchase at an Apple store will be offered free personal setup service, which will help them customize their device.

Aside from Apple stores, the iPhone 5 will be available at Apple’s website as well as through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, some Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and certain Apple authorized resellers.

The phone will be available in more than 22 countries on Sept. 28.

Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period.

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