Apple's iPhone 5 is now available unlocked (but it'll cost you).
Late yesterday evening, word got out that Apple was to start selling its iPhone 5 smartphone unlocked in the United States. Sure enough, the option to purchase the iPhone 5 off-contract cropped up on Apple's website sometime last night.
Those shopping on Apple's website should now see the option to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 right underneath the carrier selection step in the purchasing process. Pricing is as was rumored yesterday. It ranges from $649, $749, and $849 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, respectively. Still no word on when the unlocked version of the iPhone 5 will arrive at retail stores, though 9to5Mac says stock is already arrived at stores, so we imagine it won't be long.
If unlocked isn't your thing, yesterday also brought news that the iPhone 5 is now in stock on Apple's website and that the waiting times for online orders have improved.