Apple stores around the world, including China, are filled with iPhone 15.

A woman with her new iPhone 15 Pro Max at Apple Central World, Bangkok

Apple Central World employees give high fives to customers, and also filmed the opening on their own iPhones.

Welcoming customers at Apple Central World, Bangkok

There were also queues outside the store, people filming themselves and the crowd.

Queues near Apple Central World, Bangkok

High demand in Shanghai

Along with Apple's photos of crowds outside Apple Nanjing East in Shanghai, Reuters reports that more than a hundred customers were queuing inside the store. The line outside began to form at 5 a.m. local time, rather than at 8 a.m.

Queues inside Apple Nanjing East, Shanghai

At the same time, Reuters notes that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max were sold out in the first minute , when pre-orders began on Alibaba's Tmall website.

Orders from China are reported to ease market fears that the government's iPhone ban will also impact consumer demand.

However, the excitement that accompanied the launch of the iPhone 13 in China in 2021 has not been repeated.

Deirdre O'Brien from Apple in Beijing

Apple Head of Retail Deirdre O'Brien decided to join the Apple Sanlitun Beijing team on launch day.

Apple Head of Retail Deirdre O' Brian, Apple Sanlitun, Beijing

Crowds of Australians greet the iPhone 15

Apple Sydney, Australia was also one of the first stores to open with the new devices, and there were also long queues.

Apple Sydney, Australia

Employees in Sydney also greeted the first customers with applause.

Apple Sydney employees greet customers with applause

At the time of writing, stores in the UK have opened and sold the iPhone 15 for about two hours. Shipping to US customers is expected to begin soon, and Apple Stores typically open at 10 a.m. local time.

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