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Photos: Gearing up to enter Apple's glass cube

Steve Jobs joins crowd in anticipation of the opening of the Mac maker's underground flagship store in Manhattan.
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Allen Paltrow

Allen Paltrow, 13, shows off his haircut in front of the new Apple store on New York's Fifth Avenue on opening day.

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Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands outside the new Apple store in New York on opening day. Jobs helped design the flagship store.

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People at Manhattan's Apple store

About 20 to 30 people line up Friday morning on Fifth Avenue in New York, waiting for the grand opening of the new underground Apple retail store. A handful of people have been waiting outside the store since midnight on Wednesday.

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Steve Jobs checks out the glass cube

Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs came to the new flagship store for the grand opening.

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Jobs with crowd looking at the cube

Jobs examines the 32-foot glass cube that is the entrance to the Manhattan Apple store. With a team, the CEO helped design the structure.

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Jobs, Johnson and fountain

Jobs and Ron Johnson, senior vice president of retail at Apple, examine fountains in GM Plaza, which sits above Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue, before Friday evening's grand opening.

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Crowd lined up to see Jobs

A crowd of people lines up outside the site of the new Apple store on Friday to get a glimpse of Steve Jobs, as he inspects the 32-foot glass cube that sits atop the underground store's entrance.

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Rain at Apple's new store

Heavy rain and thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday could not keep these Apple fans away from the grand opening of the new flagship store in Manhattan. The store is set to open on Friday at 6 p.m. EST.

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Travelers

Some Apple enthusiasts traveled from as far away as Scotland and Germany to attend the grand opening of the new store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, across the street from Central Park and the Plaza Hotel.

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Gary Allen

Gary Allen, from Berkeley, Calif., has been to several Apple grand openings around the world, including two openings in Japan and the opening of the London store. He has been standing (and sitting) in line in front of the Apple store since the wee hours of Thursday morning. He runs a Web site called Ifo Apple Store where he posts a blog about store openings. He is blogging live about the Fifth Avenue grand opening.

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Stormy Shippy

Stormy Shippy, 20, from Dallas, is the first person in line at the grand opening of the new Apple store. He was also the first person in line at the London opening, back in November of 2004. Shippy, who owns an Apple PowerBook and an iPod, doesn't consider himself an Apple fanatic, but he says he is an Apple fan. So why is he standing in the rain all night and day? "There's really no explanation why any of us are here," he said. "It's just fun to be here and meet all the other people in line."

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Surfing the Net with an iBook

A die-hard Apple fan sits in the rain under an umbrella on Friday morning, tapping away on his Apple laptop as he waits in line for the doors of the 32-foot glass cube store entrance to open. If he is lucky, he could walk away with a free Intel-based MacBook. Apple is giving away new 13-inch MacBooks every hour for 24 hours as part of a grand-opening promotion.

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the cube at night

By 10 Friday night, people lined up to visit the new Apple store had dry weather but a long wait.

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Friday night line

The line to get into the Apple store late Friday night snaked all the way from Fifth Avenue to Madison Avenue along 58th Street. A large security detail kept order.

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