Screw week-long line-ups, you can pre-order the iPhone 5 right now, provided you're happy to fork over money for the as yet unannounced handset to vendors in China.
Reuters reports that some sellers on Chinese e-commerce network Taobao are already offering pre-orders for the handset.
It'll reportedly set you back around 1000 yuan for the deposit on the iPhone 5, but you may end up paying the full amount of around 7000 yuan if you buy from some sellers.
The Chinese love Apple gadgets, and this frenzy around the iPhone 5 matches the hype for the new iPad when it went on sale in China a few months ago. The riot squad had to be called in at one stage when customers realised that there wouldn't be enough for everyone. The gadget giant halted sales at that time until they could organise something a little more civil.
The iPhone 5 hasn't even been announced yet, but already we have rumours from all over the internet that show us a slimmer chassis and bigger screen.
How far would you go to get the new iPhone? [Reuters via AFR]