The next generation iPhone is coming out later this month, Apple announced Wednesday, and there are multiple places in Gaithersburg to buy it.
Wireless carriers AT&T (15918 Shady Grove Road), Verizon Wireless (472 N. Frederick Avenue) and Sprint (527 Quince Orchard Road) are among the retail stores that will carry the iPhone 5, according to Apple.
The iPhone 5 officially goes on sale Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.
Not all stores may stock the iPhone 5 immediately. However, the Apple Store at Bethesda Row will have the smartphone in stock beginning Sept. 21.
How many will be available is still unclear.
The Montgomery Mall Apple store also is expecting to have the iPhone 5 beginning next Friday, but an employee there wasn’t sure whether they would be immediately available.
A list of other Gaithersburg-area retailers that sell iPhones is available online.
Your best bet may be to pre-order the new iPhone. Pre-orders began at 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, on the East Coast.
The new iPhone is thinner and lighter than the last two generations, but it is taller to accommodate a bigger screen. Apple says its processing speed is much faster than its predecessors, as well.
The iPhone 5 starts at $649.00, but the price may come down to as low as $200 with a cellular plan subscription.
IPhone 5 sales could boost economic growth in the United States by a third of a percentage point during the fourth quarter, J.P.Morgan anticipates. However, NPR's Planet Money says J.P.Morgan's analysis is faulty, predicting that most who splurge on the new product before the end of the year will likely cut back on other spending, making it a zero-sum game.
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