Apple iPhone 5 causes mayhem

THE expected Apple juggernaut has arrived in the Fraser Coast causing mayhem, as tech-hungry customers wrap their hands around the new iPhone 5's.

Telstra and Optus stores in both Hervey Bay and Maryborough both had lines building out the front of their doors from as early as 5am.

By 8.30, some had waiting queues numbering more than 40 people, all wanting to be one of the first in the world to own the new smartphone.

Telstra Hervey Bay floor manager Brittni Hopkins said the store had 63 iPhones in stock at the beginning of the day and predicted they would all be sold by the time the doors were closed.

"We've already sold out of two sizes but we should have more in the next week or two, and we are taking orders," Ms Hopkins said.

Customers were treated to coffee while they waited in line, with stores organising a visit from a mobile van.

Fraser Island tour guide, Paul Carswell, took advantage of a day away from work to become the tenth owner of an iPhone 5 in Hervey Bay.

"I've been here since 7am," Mr Carswell said from within the Telstra shop.

He said he was similar to many others, in that, he would simply be lost without his iPhone.

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