2020 didn’t kill all traditions! On launch day for the first iPhone 12s, the first Apple Store customers in Sydney were greeted with a countdown, followed by applause from vendors. It was a little crowded, but nothing to do with previous years however.

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Also in Sydney, the device put in place by Apple to limit risks imposes a greater distance between sellers and customers (photo @dvanbomm).
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Well-respected social distancing at the Apple Store in Amsterdam when it opens this morning (photo @gonny).
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This is less the case in front of one of the shops in Beijing, China (photo @PeterCho).
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Nor for one of the shops in Tokyo, Japan (photo K-Tai watch).

In France, the Apple Stores also opened earlier for those who had been able to reserve an iPhone. We picked up copies at the Part-Dieu store shortly after it opened at eight o'clock and there was hardly a cat, around five people waiting for their new smartphone.

Apple has done everything to limit the crowds. This makes sense in the midst of a pandemic and as the numbers skyrocket, but suddenly the traditional system has been upset:

There is no point in going to the store without having reserved a withdrawal window on the site. But according to our information, there should be some that are released today:

Update on 23/10/2020 10:56 : Apple also shares its own photos from the launch in this article. The company chose the brand new Apple Store in Singapore for photos of the first customers who pick up iPhone 12 or 12 Pro:

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A few people in Singapore for the launch.
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Setting up the range.
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A new iPhone, one!
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The automaker also offers a peek into the backroom, with photos of the enormous logistics required for the iPhone launch days.

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IPhone pallets arrive from China at the Louisville, Ky., Airport for the US market.
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The Carlisle, Pa., Distribution center prepares shipments for the East Coast and Canada.
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