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People still lining up for iPhone 5s at New York Apple Store

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Waiting in line for a new iPhone on the day it launches is normal. Waiting in line for a new iPhone a month and a half after it comes out is just strange.

But at the flagship Apple Store in Manhattan, consumers are outside waiting in line around the clock to purchase the iPhone 5s, which came out in mid-September.

According to PC Mag, Apple's iconic glass-cube Apple Store still has a "huge line" of customers looking for the popular device. Apple is asking them to wait outside the store for the sake of its other customers who aren't shopping for the iPhone 5s.

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The iPhone 5s is hard to come by -- especially if you want the gold version -- but at this point, there's no reason to wait in line for the device.

All versions of the iPhone 5s are available online with just a two- to three-week shipping wait time, and users can also check the in-store availability of the Apple smartphone by going to the company's website or by calling individual locations.

Besides Apple, the device is available from numerous retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target and RadioShack, as well as cellular carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Apple still has a line at its main New York store simply because it's an iconic location that is known for attracting Apple fans and tourists.

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