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Verizon , AT&T , and Sprint and Apple are now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5. U.S. customers can order on Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Pricing may vary with your upgrade eligibility. Standard prices with 2 years contract are $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB)
Both Apple’s Online Store and AT&T’s website have gone offline in preparation for the iPhone 5 preorders in the next few hours. AT&T has posted a countdown to their site. MacRumors also has a countdown at the top of our front page .
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
Architecture website Dezeen was prominently featured in the iPhone 5 promotional video revealed yesterday, and today the site has posted a brief behind-the-scenes look at how the collaboration came to fruition. The site is featured in the video starting around the 1:16 mark, with the iPhone 5 user opening an email with a link to the website. He clicks the link, views the site, navigates to Safari’s bookmarks list and then opens another page
While Apple has yet to officially announce tomorrow’s starting time for iPhone 5 pre-orders, it is beginning to look like the launch will follow the same pattern as last year with pre-orders starting at 12:01 AM Pacific Time / 3:01 AM Eastern Time. Apple sales representatives have been telling customers asking about availability that pre-orders will begin at that time, and both Verizon and Sprint have announced 12:01 AM Pacific launches for their own pre-orders.
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.
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
As expected, Apple announced the iPhone 5 at today’s media event. The latest model of Apple’s flagship iOS device features a glass and aluminum enclosure that’s 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 and weighs in 20% lighter than these previous models at 112 grams. It has a 4-inch 1136 x 640 pixel (326 pixels per inch) Retina Display giving it the same width as the iPhone 4S but a taller form factor.
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