iPhones shoot off the shelves

Remember that thing about the iPhone being so expensive no one would buy it? Well latest figures suggest half a million are now in the sweaty grasp of

Remember that thing about the iPhone being so expensive no one would buy it? Well latest figures suggest half a million are now in the sweaty grasp of lucky buyers, with 100,000 going in the first few hours alone.But the good news for those who didn't pitch up at an Apple store five days early is that the shops still haven't run out – that's five days of hot showering and sleeping in your own bed that you're never going to get back Mr Greg Packer. Let that be a lesson to you.Among the first iPhoners were Whoopi Goldberg and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who turned up at a store in San Jose even though Steve Jobs had already promised to send him one. He was given first place in the queue for his trouble.Top marks though to the chap fifth in line at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York who, on receiving his prized possession, immediately proposed to his girlfriend with the phone – and a ring. See, romance isn't dead.EssentialsApple iPhone Price: US$500, $600 + contract On sale: Now Contact: AppleRelated links: iPhone micrositeRelated stories: 3G iPhone to be announced Monday? STUFF ESSENTIALS – iPhone applications Your iPhone survival pack