Apple has issued confirmation to Wired that iPhone 5 pre-orders will begin on September 14th at 12:01am PST/3am EST on Apple.com. There will also be pre-orders from Sprint at 12:01 PT and Verizon at 12:00 PT, so you should be able to get your new iPhone from any of those outlets as long as you don’t mind staying up.
The pre-orders will begin in 9 countries including US, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, with more available on the 28th.
The iPhone 5 will run $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB for an iPhone 5, provided you’re eligible and willing to sign up a new 2-year carrier contract from most carriers.
The countries that will launch on the 28th include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
In addition to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 drops to Free and the iPhone 4S drops to $99. The iPhone 3GS has been discontinued. All of the devices will get the iOS 6 update.
The ordering page for the iPhone will be located here at Apple’s site, and you can use it to check your upgrade eligibility now.