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It wasn’t that long ago that people camped out in front of Apple Stores for days to be the first on their blocks with new iPhones.

That’s not going to happen this weekend. Not in the COVID-19 era.

With new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro units ready for sale, beginning 8 a.m. Friday, if lines start to form, Apple employees will hand out reservation forms with time slots for people to return later.

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Apple says it doesn’t want to see people crowded together outside their stores, and will take action to make sure it doesn’t happen. 

Apple is taking several other steps to keep customers safer with new ways to shop over the weekend. At its retail stores, Apple points out