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iPhone 5 release: Lines in Minneapolis, Mall of America

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Another iPhone was released Friday – the iPhone 5. And this is just another news story about the new iPhone.

In fact, this is just one in at least 1,702 news articles about the hysteria of people buying an iPhone on its release date. There are also more than 936 articles about the iPhone 5's new features and another 1,118 articles on its software alone.

By 7 a.m. Friday morning, more than 100 people were already lined up outside the Apple Store at Mall of America, a line that was swelling by the minute.

In Uptown, the line on the sidewalk started just after noon Thursday, with at least 50 people in line before sunrise Friday.

But if mobile phone market saturation is any indication of public interest, fewer than 32 percent of Americans care about the new iPhone. More than half of the smartphone users are on Android operating system devices, and another 11 percent on BlackBerrys.

So why does Apple and the iPhone get so much press? Why doesn't the latest Android phone get any media love? After all, the slimmer profile and larger screen on the iPhone is a blatant reaction to Android and other non-iPhones.

iPhone 5 features: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/

Previous incarnations of the iPhone were groundbreakers and innovators, but as Forbes economic contributor Haydn Shaughnessy puts it, iPhone fanatics were following the "cultural nature" of Apple, personified by the late Steve Jobs. So will the iPhone continue to dominate the discussion in the post-Jobs era?

So far, yes.

And what about these lines? Is there anything that you would camp out and line-up for?

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