About one dozen people were lined up outside the AT&T store on Mall Road in Florence Thursday night in anticipation of the Friday morning release of the new phone.
"People are crazy," said Nicole Yorksmith as she waited in line. "We'd do anything for the latest and greatest things."
In Kenwood on Friday morning, there were about 150 people in line at about 5:45 a.m. Consumers were not allowed in line until about 4 a.m. The exterior doors to Kenwood Towne Center opened at 6 a.m., and customers are being escorted to the Apple store 10 at a time.
Inside Kenwood, the Apple store, AT&T store, Verizon and Sprint kiosks will be selling the phone. As far as how many each store has, that has not been released. The mall opens at 10 a.m.
Apple says its new smartphone offers a larger screen, 4G connectivity and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone4.
"I know that it's going to be a long line tomorrow so I might as well get in it now before they run out of stock," said Chris Rothfuss of Latonia, who was waiting in line in Florence.
Some people thought spending the night in line wasn't worth it.
"I think they're all crazy," said Larry Sandusky of Florence. "I wouldn't stand out here in the middle of the night for a phone."
Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart are also selling the IPhone 5 but these retailers may not have any in stock. They are near the bottom of the list when it comes time for Apple to distribute its supply.
Those who pre-ordered the new iPhone could still be in for a long wait. Apple says pre-orders won't ship for three to four weeks.
AT&T cites shipping delays of 14 to 21 days. Shipping will take about three weeks if pre-order from a Sprint store and if you are getting it from Verizon, you should have the smart phone by Oct. 12.