Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the 4G Apple iPhone 5 later this month, after the manufacturer confirmed its latest smartphone would run on EE's network.
The new handset, which will ship in the UK on 21 September with pre-orders going live on Friday, was revealed this evening at Apple's press conference in San Francisco. Many of the pre-press conference leaks proved prescient with the handset touting a larger screen, swifter A6 processor chip, new connecting dock and better battery. It is also thinner and lighter than its predecessors. However, suggestions that the device would be NFC-compatible, allowing users to make mobile payments, proved to be wide of the mark.
The iPhone 5 packs an eight-megapixel camera, the same as the iPhone 4S, but has a new low light image capture feature and a Panorama mode that allows users to sweep across an image
The four-inch screen size, up from its previous 3.5 inches, sees Apple responding to consumer demand, with rival manufacturers releasing Android phones with larger displays. The traditional Apple home screen can now fit five rows of apps, rather than the traditional four.
The iPhone 5 will run Apple's new iOS 6 software. The manufacturer has moved away from Google, ditching its YouTube and Maps apps, which previously came preloaded. Its Passbook feature allows consumers to store coupons, movie and airline tickets.
The device appears to be a step forward, rather than the step change many were demanding. A lot of the features are similar to those already available on Android devices. However, Apple was in a similar position when it launched the iPhone 4S last year. It initially received lukewarm reviews as it was seen as an evolution rather than a revolution on previous versions. Nonetheless, in its following quarter Apple sold more than 37 million iPhones, its greatest ever number, with almost 90% of these iPhone 4S's.
Pricing for US consumers is the same as the iPhone 4S when it launched, with the 16GB device available for $199, the 32GB for $299 and the 64GB for $399. However, the pricing of the iPhone 4 and 4S is set to drop, with the iPhone 4 now free on contract and the 4S available for a $99 upfront payment. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Editor: Graeme Neill