While Apple rolled out the latest iPhone on its home turf in end-September, its Korea release was delayed due to company policy and procedural errors in registering the device with the local communications watchdog.
At midnight, SK Telecom invited 300 people who placed pre-orders for the iPhone 5 to activate the gadget before dawn and join a launch party stocked with goodies and live music by popular artists.
"I should have gone to work, but I talked to my company and got permission to come to the event," said 40-year-old Lee Joon-young, an avid Apple user who confessed he was the first to get Apple's iPad tablet.
"I've only used the iPhone and I'm really looking forward to using the lighter weight and taller display," said Park Hyun-jin, 25, who arrived at the venue at 5 a.m.
KT says pre-orders for the iPhone 5 topped first day iPhone 4S pre-orders within two hours.
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