A week later, the phone will be available in 22 more countries, including Italy, Poland and Spain.In the U.S., pre-orders will start this Friday.
The phone is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S and a third of an inch taller. That provides room for a taller screen, as expected. That means another row of icons will fit on the screen, but the phone isn't wider than its predecessors.
The iPhone 5 is the year's most eagerly awaited phone launch, and analysts expect Apple Inc. to sell tens of millions of units before the year is out.
The phone will cost the same as the iPhone 4S did when it debuted, starting at $199 with a two-year contract in the U.S. Meanwhile, the price for the iPhone 4S will drop to $99 for new contract signers, and the iPhone 4 will be free.
The iPhone 5 will come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks, both in the U.S. and overseas. That's another feature that was widely expected. Some competing phones in the U.S. have had this ability for a year and an half.
Image: Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, gives prices of the iPhone 5 during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.
Images & Text: AP