Apple unveils longer and slimmer iPhone 5


Next generation iPhone to go on sale in the UK on September 21, coming with an LTE chip that is compatible with EE’s impending 4G network

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 5 at an event in San Francisco, showing it to be longer and thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 is powered by Apple’s dual-core A6 processor, which is 22 per cent smaller than the one found in the 4S and twice as fast at processing graphics and numbers.

It has a four-inch touchscreen that has 44 per cent more colour saturation and is 7.8mm thick (18 per cent thinner), weighing 120g (20 per cent lighter).

The iPhone 5 houses an eight-megapixel camera that is 25 per cent smaller. It includes a new low light mode and panorama feature.

The docking socket on the handset has also changed. A new one, which Apple has called ‘Lightening’, is now included and is 80 per cent smaller than the charging point seen on previous iPhone models.

Also included for the first time is an LTE chip. This will be compatible with EE’s impending 4G network in the UK, which is expected to go live this autumn.

The smartphone can be pre-ordered from Apple from this Friday (September 14), with the handset going on sale next Friday (September 21).

So far, EE, O2 and Vodafone have confirmed they will stock the device. Further release details and tariff pricing will be announced in due course.

Apple revealed the pricing will remain the same as when the 4S was launched: $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model.

Apple also announced that the iPhone 3G S is to be discontinued, with the iPhone 4 becoming the company’s entry-level model.