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The sidewalk outside the Fifth Avenue Apple store might have been a bit of a circus yesterday afternoon, but by the time the iPhone 5 went on sale at 8 this morning, it was business as usual. The Occupy Wall Street crowd had largely dispersed, with the exception of one libertarian protester who described himself as "very loosely associated" with the movement. And while the police presence was notably larger than usual, the cops were mostly there to register people's new phones as part of a city initiative to cut down on Apple-related crime.
As of 9:30am, the wait to purchase a new phone was roughly an hour. While you wait, take advantage of free Dunkin Donuts and plenty of excellent people-watching. We witnessed three kids turn down offers to sell their phones for $875 a pop.
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