Apple has confirmed the UK release of the iPhone 5 on 21 September and that it will support the new 4G mobile phone network from Orange and T-Mobile owner, EE.
While networks have yet to confirm contract prices for the new iPhone, anyone who buys the phone on the new EE network will get internet speeds up to five times faster than other networks due its new 4G mobile phone network. For more information on EE and 4G, read our what is 4G LTE guide.
In addition to 4G support, new features for the iPhone 5 include a larger 4-inch screen, a new Apple developed Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation and a new, smaller dock connector that’s reversible so it’s easier to use. The iPhone 5 is 20% lighter and 18% thinner, weighing just 112g and measuring 7.6mm thick. It’s the thinnest smartphone on the market.
For more information on the iPhone 5, click the links below:
- iPhone 5 features explained – we pick out the most important new features
- Best iPhone 5 alternatives – if you want a phone that isn’t from Apple try our best iPhone alternatives
- Apple iOS 6 explained – read about the new features of iOS
- Are smartphones getting too big? – is a bigger iPhone a good thing? Share your views on Which? Conversation
Apple also confirmed that iOS 6, the latest version of company’s mobile operating system, will be available to download on 19 September. iOS 6, which adds a number of new features and enhancements, is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 4th gen iPod touch, iPad 2 and the iPad 3. Not all new features will work on every device, however; turn-by-turn navigation isn’t available on the iPhone 4, for example.
Read our iOS 6 explained guide for more information on the new features.
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If you’re planning to buy an iPhone 5 contract you should know that many mobile phone operators retain the right to increase the price of your contract at any time.
From 2011 to 2012 Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and Three UK all put up the cost of their mobile phone contracts. People who had signed one or two year deals expecting to pay £20 or £30 per month were suddenly told they’d have to pay more.
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