“The iPhone 5 is off to a strong start at its latest carrier,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET.

“After kicking off preorders for the new phone early yesterday, China Unicom took in more than 100,000 online reservations by 4 p.m. local time, Chinese news site Sina Tech said today,” Whitney reports. “China’s second largest carrier will officially launch the iPhone 5 on December 14.”

“China Unicom joins China Telecom as the second Chinese carrier to sell the iPhone 5,” Whitney reports. “Starting this month, the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and fourth-generation iPad will be available in China through Apple’s online and physical stores and various Apple resellers. By the end of 2012, the new iPhone will be available in 100 different countries.”

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