iPhone 5 in the week 26 Nov – 2 Dec: unlocked iPhone 5s, China December release, 4G LTE , cases and others

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9to5Mac announced on Tuesday shipping estimates for the handset have dropped to just one week.

A poll of 20 U.S. Apple Stores mad by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster showed that iPhone 5 supply seems to have been stabilized.

On Thursday, “retail sources” told 9to5Mac that unlocked iPhone 5 models were likely to arrive at Apple’s online store.

The next day rumors were confirmed as Apple started offering unlocked iPhone 5s in the US on its website, starting at $649.

Bing posted its traditional year-end ranking of the most popular queries, which revealed that the iPhone 5 has been the most searched subject, followed by the 2012 elections and the 2012 Olympics.

The Wall Street Journal reported that China Telecom and China Unicom have granted regulatory approval for the iPhones 5.

In addition, Apple announced that the iPhone 5, the iPad mini and the iPad 4 will be launched in China in December.

Production of the iPhone 5 and the new iPads are reportedly reducing the company’s profit.

According to a Telecoms report, 4G LTE for the iPhone 5 will be approved by Apple, not carriers.

Concerning accessories for the handset, an iPhone 5 Lightning Dock is now available from Gear4.

Will.i.am, one of the members of the Black Eyed Peas, unveiled the “i.am+” accessory this week.

It is actually a set of four cases, two for the iPhone 4/4S and two models for the iPhone 5.

popSLATE offers a case for the iPhone 5 which comes with an E-Ink screen on the back of your new iPhone case.

Finally, Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle managed to capture the difference between an iPhone 5 kept in a case in the past 2 months and an iPhone 5 that was used without a case since it was bought two months ago.