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Will Carlsbad's Apple Store Have People Waiting in Line for iPhone 5?

The slimmer and faster 5th generation of the iPhone was unveiled Wednesday at an event in San Francisco.

Apple officially revealed the iPhone 5 on Wednesday—a product that could cause a line-up outside the Carlsbad Apple store.

According to the Washington Post, "The iPhone5 is Apple’s most dramatic redesign of its iconic smartphone since its introduction in 2007."

Improvements have been made to the speakers and camera, and it is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, 18 percent thinner, and twice as fast with high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, according to the company.

The iPhone 5 will be available in black or white. Pre-orders can be made through Apple's website starting Sept. 14, or through carriers such as AT&T.

According to an AT&T press release, the company has "invested nearly $700 million in the greater San Diego area wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011." However, the company also notes that it "has seen a 25 percent reduction in dropped calls in the San Diego area since last year and launched superfast 4G LTE here in January 2012."

The phones will be available for purchase at Apple stores, including the starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The new phone will cost the same as the iPhone 4S: $199 for the 16 GB version, $299 for the 32 GB version and $399 for the 64GB version.

An employee told Carlsbad Patch, "there will probably be a line, but it's hard to say since every launch is different."

Deanne Goodman (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Apple pushes back shipping date for iPhone 5, full story on USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/story/2012/09/14/apple-pushes-back-shipping-date-for-iphone-5/57781120/1

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