After what seems like an eternity of speculation and rumor-mongering, the official unlocked iPhone 5 release date directly from the Apple Store has arrived. As of right now, the contract-free iPhone 5 can be purchased directly from the Cupertino clan in the US in all three storage variants – the entry-level version starting out with the expected $649 price-tag.
Needless to say, excellent news for those looking to save a few dollars ahead of Christmas – bad news for third-party resellers with dozens of unlocked 16GB iPhone 5’s listed at $850+.
Buyers looking to take home the 32GB model will be asked to hand over $749, while the 64GB version is available for $849. Apple is keen to point out on the sales page that the unlocked iPhone 5 will only work with the networks it currently supports, which includes AT&T.
Despite early criticism that the iPhone 5 essentially brought nothing new to the table in terms of groundbreaking specs, features and adornments, it nonetheless went on to become the most astonishing success story in the history of the Smartphone. Recent statistics have even suggested that the iPhone 5 is primarily responsible for Apple edging ahead of Android ahead of the Christmas season – a lead which could be furthered by the launch of the official unlocked iPhone 5.
Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone boasts the first 4-inch Retina display the company has ever fitted to a Smartphone, along with a blistering A6 processor, the controversial new Lightning connector, iOS 6 and a super slim and sleek aluminum case. The iPhone 5 also marks Apple’s first foray into the world of 4G LTE Smartphones, playing a rare game of catch-up with Android devices already using the technology for several months.