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Just an hour after pre-orders for the iPhone 5 went live , Apple Store shipping estimates for new pre-orders have already slipped to two weeks in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, and Australia. Once transit times are accounted for, users pre-ordering now may not receive their iPhones until nearly two weeks after the official launch date of September 21. Customers may still be able to receive launch-day delivery by ordering through their carriers. AT&T , Verizon , and Sprint are listing 9/21 delivery dates at the time of this posting — but those dates may not immediately reflect available stock
The Verge has confirmed that the Verizon version of the iPhone 5 will not support simultaneous voice and data. The AT&T iPhone has supported simultaneous talk and data since the iPhone 3G was released because of the GSM network it uses. Verizon gave this statement to MacRumors : iPhone 5 was designed to allow simultaneous voice calling on the Verizon Wireless network while browsing the Internet over WiFi. This is no different from the current iPhone 4S
Verizon, Sprint and AT&T have all confirmed that FaceTime over Cellular will be supported by their networks on all devices that are capable of the feature . This contradicts other reporting which suggested that FaceTime over Cellular would only be available on the iPhone 5.
One of the iPhone 5 features highlighted by Phil Schiller during yesterday’s introduction was wideband audio, which offers “crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech” according to Apple’s press release . Schiller noted that the feature requires carrier support and that it would be supported by over 20 carriers on the iPhone 5 at launch, but did not specify which carriers those would be. Phone Scoop reported late yesterday that Sprint has confirmed it will not support wideband audio (frequently marketed as “HD Voice”) on the iPhone 5, and PCMag.com has a good overview of why none of the three major U.S
While the three major U.S. iPhone carriers AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will be launching the iPhone 5 on Friday, September 21, it will not take long for availability to extend to other carriers.
Apple has posted a video of the iPhone 5 media event on its website. The video should be made available soon on Apple’s YouTube channel , as well as its Apple Keynotes Podcast on the iTunes Store
AllThingsD ‘s Ina Fried caught up with Apple’s Phil Schiller after the introduction of the iPhone 5 this afternoon. She asked him about a number of new technologies that did — and didn’t — make it into the company’s new flagship phone. It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem, Schiller said.
After the media event, Apple allowed the attendees to use the new iPhone 5 in a hands on area. Many of the early impressions seem to be focused on how light and thin the new iPhone feels. Despite the decrease in weight, the iPhone 5 appears to be sturdy due to its aluminum design.
The iPhone 5′s slight increased in height, combined with Apple’s other design changes, should improve signal reception according to Spencer Webb, antenna expert and owner of AntennaSys . Webb wrote extensively about the AntennaGate issues with the original iPhone 4
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