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Apple will ship the iPhone 5 in the U.S. and eight other countries on Sept. 21, and it will begin taking pre-orders on Sept. 14. The iPhone 5 will be available in the U.S. through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, and in Canada through Rogers, Telus and Bell, with pricing the same as the iPhone 4S: $199 for the 16-GB model, $299 for the 32-GB model and $399 for 64 GB-model.
By December, the iPhone 5 will be available in 100 countries through 240 carriers, Apple said.
Apple has also changed its dock connector design with the iPhone 5. Its new Lightning connector is 80 percent smaller and features an 8-pin connector that works not matter which way it is plugged in, unlike the standard 30-pin connector that arrived in 2003 with the iPod and is used with all previous iPhone models.
Apple plans to offer adapters in October that will allow the old 30-pin connectors to be used with the iPhone 5.
Apple is also giving its iPod Touch a major overhaul. It comes with the same 4-inch display as the iPhone 5 and is powered by an A5 processor with dual-core graphics that delivers twice the performance of the previous model, Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPod, iPhone and iOS product marketing, said at the event, according to The Verge's transcript.
Apple is also upgrading the iPod Touch's camera, adding a 5-megapixel iSight digital camera with autofocus and flash. The new 16-GB iPod Touch is priced at $199 and the 32-GB model is $299.
The iPod Touch upgrades, combined with Apple's iTunes upgrade that's coming in October, which adds deeper integration with its iCloud service, stand to give an even broader range of users the ability to create content. That, in turn, puts Apple in position to extend its influence to other areas, Nick Gold, director of business development at Chesapeake Systems, a Baltimore, Md.-based Apple partner, told CRN.
"Apple is shaping up to become not only a leading phone manufacturer, but also one of the leading parties to getting video content into the hands of viewers, and bypassing the established video broadcast industry," Gold said in a phone interview after the event.