Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders open

Apple diehards, it's the moment you've all be waiting for: iPhone 5 pre-orders have opened

Consumers can now pre-order the iPhone 5 directly from Apple, as well as from the UK’s biggest mobile network providers including Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere, which recently re-branded to EE

The handset, which was announced on Wednesday and will be released next Friday, is available on a range of price plans – you can check out our iPhone 5 UK prices roundup for all the latest tariffs and deals – ranging from 12 and 24 month contracts.

It comes packing a series of high-spec features, including a stunning 4-inch Retina display, although this does come at a price: consumers can snag the 16GB iPhone 5 SIM-free for a quid shy of £530, while the 32GB costs £599 and the 64GB version retails at a whopping £699.

Delivery can take up to two weeks, although experts believe most customers who pre-ordered their handsets can expect them to arrive from next Friday onwards.

iPhone 5: Specs

The new iPhone 5 boasts a 4-inch Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1136 x 640 screen resolution, and is being billed as the firm’s slimmest and fastest smartphone yet.

"This is the most accurate display in the industry," says Apple VP Phil Schiller. "The touch sensors are integrated right into the display itself. We removed a layer and made it sharper. This is the world's most advanced display, and I couldn't be prouder of it."

The iPhone 5 is powered by an A6 chip which Apple claims is twice as fast as the one’s found in previous iterations. Overall, Apple are promising a huge jump in performance from a device that’s 22 per cent smaller than its predecessor.

The iPhone 5 has an improved battery-life of 225 hours on standby, eight hours using LTE, 40 hours of music playback and 10 hours of Wi-Fi.

It has an iSight cam embedded, with an 8-megapixel sensor, five element lens, dynamic low light mode and precision lens alignment. The device allows for shared photo streams, panoramic shots, noise reduction in video capture and faster photo capture. The iPhone 5's FaceTime camera is 720p HD with backside illumination and face detection.

Words: Bertan Budak