Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, the year's most eagerly awaited smartphone, Wednesday in San Francisco. The phone, thinner and lighter than the previous model but sporting a bigger screen, hits stores Sept. 21.

The bigger screen makes room for another row of icons. But the iPhone is still small compared with its main rivals.

Prices start at $199 for 16 gigabytes of storage, going up to $399 for 64 gigabytes; these prices assume a two-year service agreement. Apple will still sell older phones: With a two-year contract, the iPhone 4S will now sell for $99 and iPhone 4 will be free. Advance orders begin Friday.

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COLORS: Black or white

DISPLAY: 4-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels.

SIZE: height: 4.87 inches; width: 2.31 inches; depth: 0.30 inch

WEIGHT: 3.95 ounces

CAMERAS: 8-megapixel on back, 1.2-megapixel on front

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VIDEO RECORDING: high-definition (1080p -- comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio

NETWORK COMPATIBILITY: 3G networks worldwide, plus 4G LTE networks in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, U.K., Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore

BATTERY LIFE: Talk time is up to 8 hours on 3G. Internet works for up to 8 hours on LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Up to 10 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by service personnel only.

U.S. WIRELESS CARRIERS: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and others.

OPERATING SYSTEM: Apple's iOS 6 (will also be available for download to older iPhone models)

CONNECTOR: A new connector will attach to computers and chargers, so the new iPhone won't be compatible with old accessories; Apple will sell an adapter to work with older accessories.