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Apple iPhone 5 Available Sept. 21

The latest version of the trendy smartphone is rolled out Wednesday.

The hype has become reality. Apple is coming out with the iPhone 5, actually the sixth version of the trendy smartphone that has become the mainstream mobile communications device.

The iPhone 5 will begin preorders Friday (Sept. 14), and will be available Sept. 21. The lowest-priced version will be $199 for 16 GB, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Since the iPhone debuted in 2007, Apple has sold more than 244 million units, and the iPhone and related products accounted for 46 percent of Apple's revenues in the most recent quarter.

Apple has also updated both of its cameras, giving its front camera 720p HD video, the Times reported. Also, the company announced a smaller dock connector for the device and a new cable charger named Lightning that is 80 percent smaller than its predecessor.

Patch will have continuing coverage of the iPhone 5.

-- Will you upgrade to iPhone 5? Tell us your thoughts on the new smartphone in the comments below.

Derek Dugan September 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Leave it to Apple to change up accessories which in the long run create vintage equip obsolete. Capitalism at its best! Instead of upgrade compatible units new product renders other components useless with the demand for more, more, more!

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