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Apple unveils thin, light iPhone5

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

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.

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