The countdown in Sydney, Australia

FORTUNE — While the tech press obsessed about the shortcomings of Apple’s AAPL new Maps app — the only one currently available on the new iPhone 5 — customers in nine countries were queuing up to buy the thing.

It’s too early to say whether the lines that greeted Apple’s latest mobile phone are longer or shorter than those for the iPhone 4S last year.

But the videos coming in from overseas suggest that demand remains strong.

A sampling:

Tokyo and Sydney:

Tokyo:

Hong Kong:

Singapore:

Hamburg:

Paris:

London:

Reading, U.K.

New York