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Apple CEO Tim Cook Greets Palo Alto Apple Store Customers Waiting For iPhones

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Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) meets with a customer purchasing the new iPhone on September 20, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. Apple launched two new models of iPhone: the iPhone 5S, which is preceded by the iPhone 5, and a cheaper, paired down version, the iPhone 5C. The phones come with a new operating system. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) meets with a customer purchasing the new iPhone on September 20, 2013 in Palo Alto. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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PALO ALTO (KCBS) – The newest iPhones went on sale Friday. Naturally, that meant long lines of Apple faithful outside Apple stores across the country, well ahead of their scheduled hours, anxious to get their hands on a 5S or 5C.

Apple fans at the Palo Alto store on University Ave. had an extra something to crow about, after CEO Tim Cook showed up and walked the line, meeting customers shortly after 7:30 a.m.

Cook didn’t take any questions from the media, explaining his appearance was intended for Apple store employees and customers.

Crowds lined up for hours outside of Apple stores around the world Friday to get their hands on the newest iPhone models.

The iPhone 5S offers a fingerprint scanner and the 5C is a lower cost version available in different colors.

Apple hopes the 5C will help it better compete with less expensive Android-powered phones.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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