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The iPhone 5 is here!


Apple released their latest addition to the iPhone family yesterday – the long-awaited and highly speculated iPhone 5.

The iPhone 4S was released a year ago and encompassed a faster processor, Siri and a better screen resolution, so what has the iPhone 5 got to offer?

iPhone 5 courtest of Tech Radar

iPhone 5 (Copyright Tech Radar)

  • A 16 x 9 aspect ratio which lends itself to widescreen much more nicely than previous iPhones. It also means you get an extra row of apps on your screen and things such as iWork and Calendar will have a better layout;
  • It is 30% thinner than the iPhone 4S because the touch sensors are built into the screen itself;
  • It boasts a sleek and durable metal cover instead of the glass one, which is easier to break;
  • It is 20% lighter;
  • It supports 4G – which is not exactly surprising;
  • There is a faster chip – the A6. It is rumoured to be twice as fast, which will also improve graphics on the display;
  • A better battery life – up to 8 hours of talk time, 40 hours of music playing or 10 hours of video playing;
  • A better quality camera in terms of speed of access, picture quality and back light illumination – but it remains at 8 mega pixels. Both cameras now shoot in HD and Facetime will work over 3G;
  • With an extra microphone and 3 extra speakers, the audio quality has vastly improved with better noise cancelling;
  • A smaller dock connector (called ‘Lightening’) it charges faster and both ends of the cable are the same. Of course this means your new iPhone will not be compatible with existing dock connectors but there is an adapter available;
  • iOS6 pre-installed! The long-awaited update to the mobile operating system, and it has some cool new features including all new Apple maps and Passbook;

The iPhone 5 will come in black and white, and available in 16GB, 32 GB and 64GB versions. It will be available to buy from September 21st in the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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