Modest lines in Towson saw people in queue Friday morning waiting to be among the first to grasp the latest iPhone from Apple — the iPhone 5.

At the Verizon store on York Road, a small line of five people gathered outside the store by 8 a.m. The location had been scheduled to open at 9 a.m. — but workers opened the doors at 8 a.m. to get an early start serving customers.

Among them was Lance Bruno, of Timonium, so stood in line with a broken Droid phone waiting to his hands on a iPhone 5.

Rebecca Sosanya, a Towson University student, used the time to study for a test, sitting in her car while she waited for the store to open.

A larger crowd had been expected at the Apple Store in Towson Town Center, which planned to open its doors at 8 a.m. Mall management said earlier this week they’d open the mall at 7 a.m. so people could get in line. Media coverage had been banned at the mall — at Apple’s request, according to a mall spokeswoman — so there was no word on how long lines were there.

Apple announced the release of the sixth generation iPhone on Sept. 12. According to information on Apple's website, the iPhone 5 features an increased display screen, faster Internet speed, longer battery life, and a more vibrant screen.

Apple is also boasting that the phone is the company's lightest, fastest, iPhone model. The phone will be available in both black and white, and will be carried by AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

Jon Sham contributed to this story.