Apple unveils iPhone 5



After weeks of speculation and smoke and mirror rumours Apple has lifted the lid on the iPhone 5, calling it “the most beautiful product we have ever made bar none”.

The wait is finally over.

After weeks of speculation and smoke and mirror rumours Apple has lifted the lid on the iPhone 5, calling it "the most beautiful product we have ever made bar none".

I Phone 5

And with it coming in thinner and lighter than ever before who are we to argue?

The iPhone 5 was unveiled at an event in San Francisco and as marketing boss Phil Schiller revealed its taller new frame Apple devotees the world over slowly fell in love - again. The latest object of desire from the Cupertino crowd deserves its admiring glances as it carries not an ounce of spare flab - Apple says it's 18% thinner and 20% lighter than its predecessor.

Weighing a lightweight 112 grams, the device also sports a four-inch screen which is a half-inch bigger than the previous model. The screen presents itself in a cinematic 16:9 aspect, with its slightly larger size and promise of sharper images likely to be welcomed by those wanting to stream TV and video. Schiller said the screen offered "much more room to work and play".

The device, available in understated monochrome black or white, will run on the Everything Everywhere (EE) 4G LTE network in the UK. If you're planning on buying an iPhone 5 you'll be able to enjoy buffer-free TV streaming as well as the ability to download high-definition movies in minutes thanks to the 4G.

The slender new design goes hand in hand with Apple's hipster credentials, but style aside it also makes room for an extra row of app icons, meaning you can access even more content and features from your home screen.

Apple design boss Sir Jonathan Ive reckons iPhones are "the object you use most in your life", and the new design was shaped with versatility in mind.

Apple said: "By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimised for the larger retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your calendar and more of every web page."

Another new feature is the A6 chip, which Apple bosses say is twice as powerful as the earlier model and paves the way for apps featuring "state of the art performance and graphics".

The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the UK on September 21.

The 16GB model costs £529, the 32GB is £599 and the 64GB model is £699.