Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 5 handset at a press conference in San Francisco. But when will the device actually land in stores?

As many expected, Apple will take pre-orders online for the iPhone 5 starting Friday, September 14. The device will ship to those who pre-ordered early and land in stores on Friday, September 21.

For pricing, the iPhone 5 will start at $199 for the 16GB version on contract. The 32GB model will cost $299 and the 64GB edition will run $399 on contract. It will be available in the U.S. on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.

The iPhone 5 is a big upgrade over previous models and features a longer 4-inch screen and 4G LTE connectivity. Surprisingly, the device is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent light than the iPhone 4S.

More VentureBeat coverage and articles on the iPhone 5 can be read below:

The iPhone 5: Apple’s obsessive refinement strikes again with a 4-inch screen, LTE
The iPhone 5′s badass camera: 40% faster photo capture, panorama mode, & more
iPhone 5 will include tiny super-fast Lightning connector
iOS 6 coming September 19, here’s what to expect
Apple rolling out redesigned iTunes store for desktop & iOS

iPhone 5 photo: Apple