Apple fans have already started lining up at night for the iPhone 5 at the flagship Apple Store on the Leidseplein to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the smartphone.The phone went on sale at 8 a.m. this morning.

Lining up early for the iPhone has been a tradition for Apple fans since the launch of iPhone 1.
The iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter, has a taller screen, faster processor, updated software and can work on faster “fourth generation” mobile networks.

Many diehard fans said they preferred to stand in the lines rather than wait weeks to get their new phones in the mail. Others wanted to take part in what’s become an annual ritual.
“It’s not about just the phone. It’s about participating in an Apple tradition, the Apple tradition of camping out,” said one woman who had camped outside the Apple store.