After months of hype and speculation Apple unveiled a taller, 4G-enabled iPhone at an event in San Francisco.
The device’s new size allows it to display an extra row of app icons on its home screen. The firm said it was 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.
The new phone will be released on September 21, and available to pre-order from Friday. It will be the same price as the current iPhone 4S.
Apple said the handset would work on Everything Everywhere’s (EE) 4G LTE network in the UK.
The news is likely to give EE – which runs the local Orange and T-Mobile services – an advantage against its rivals which will not launch the higher-speed data service until 2013.
The new screen offers a 16:9 ratio, matching that of widescreen televisions.
But its 4in (10.2cm) size remains smaller than rival displays used by Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, HTC and Sony’s flagship models.
The camera is an eight megapixel model – the same as in the iPhone 4S, and a lower specification than LG and Sony’s most recent devices.
The handset also uses a new, smaller, socket for its charger. This means owners will need to use an adapter to plug the device into existing speakers and other equipment. The adapter is listed as being £25 on Apple’s site.
It will be sold with either 16 gigabytes, 32GB or 64GB of storage. The basic model will be sold for £529 in the UK, but the figure will be lower if bought with a network contract.
The new iOS 6 operating software will be available to download from September 19 for existing devices including the new iPad and the latest iPod touch.
iOS 6 will also ditch Google’s mapping service for Apple’s own version, as rivalry between the two companies heats up.
The new phone will instead use 3D mapping provided by TomTom.
Andrew Harrison, Carphone Warehouse CEO said: “We know that huge numbers of customers have held back from upgrading their smartphones in anticipation of Apple’s big reveal. Indeed, we estimate that up to 15% of mobile phone users in the UK will upgrade to a smartphone in the next 3 months and we predict that more consumers than any other handset launched this year will purchase the iPhone 5.”
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