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iPhone 5 Experiment: The queuing begins

But will it turn out to be the iPhone 4S Experiment? And just how long will he have to wait?

Rob Shoesmith, the man who plans to camp out for as long as a month to get his hands on the next-generation iPhone first, has begun queuing outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden. See also iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round-up.

The store was the scene of some strange goings-on earlier this morning, as Macworld reported, and Shoesmith's bizarre challenge only adds to the next-generation iPhone-related madness going on in the area today.

Live feed: Apple's iPhone 5 event

Shoesmith writes on his blog: "Just to let you know that I have arrived in Coventry Garden and am number one in line! I will have a long wait no doubt but it's going to be a lot of fun!"

Shoesmith's self-inflicted challenge, which he's calling the iPhone 5 Experiment (might have to change that later Rob!), involves him trying to persuade local businesses and other companies to provide him with free services during his wait - and he's not allowed to spend a penny, figuratively, at least.

He's already been using the services of a personal assistant (pictured), though it seems she's not allowed to buy him stuff either. Shoesmith tweeted earlier: "Can someone in Covent Garden make me a bacon sandwich? I'm starving! Are there any kind companies or people out there?"

The iPhone 5 Experiment: Macworld's interview with Rob Shoesmith

Later today we'll find out exactly how long he's going to have to wait - you can follow the announcement from around 6pm BST on Macworld.co.uk.

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