Apple launches iPhone 5 with updated iOS 6

Apple debuts the iPhone 5 and upgraded iOS 6 as rebranded mobile operator Everything Everywhere – now EE – snags the UK 4G exclusive

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 5 with an updated version of its mobile operating system iOS 6.

Apple announced the handset at an event in San Francisco, boasting a longer battery life thanks to Apple’s A6 chip and a new 4 inch retina display, enabling an extra line of apps on the home screen.

The iPhone 5 is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, measuring just 7.6mm in thickness. The camera remains at 8MP but is 25% smaller. The front camera can capture 720p HD video for FaceTime calls.

Apple has again resisted the universal charger approach by introducing its much smaller Lightning connector for charging or linking the device. An adapter to link it to its traditional 30-pin cable will go on sale at the same time as the phone.

New features in iOS 6 include Apple’s own map application, turn by turn navigation and an update to its voice recognition programme, Siri.

The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the UK on Friday 21 September on all the major networks. However, the newly rebranded EE – formerly Everything Everywhere – will be the only one able to exploit the handset’s 4G capabilities, as it is compatible with the network’s 1800MHz spectrum.

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