Ever since the launch of the iPhone 4S last October, anticipation for the iPhone 5 has steadily risen. It was finally unveiled this week in San Francisco. It appears that the iPhone 5 has initially received a very good reception and has matched and even exceeded the expectations of many critics.
As with many previous iPhone releases, several of the handset’s features were leaked to the internet, which was flooded with rumours and speculation in the months leading up to launch of the device. Of course, the spec list of the iPhone 5 is excellent. In terms of its hardware, it boasts a 4 inch screen, making it the first handset with a display large and 3.5 inches, an all new Apple A6 processor and arguably the most attractive styling of any smartphone to date with a brushed aluminium finish. Software wise, users are treated to a brand new version of the iOS platform, along with the new Apple Maps service which replaces the Google Maps application.
Before the iPhone 5 was unveiled, an update on Apple’s sales was given. Apple is now officially the most valuable company in history. It is not hard to see why when you consider the following facts. Apple’s famous iPads now account for nearly 70% of the global tablet market, and its iPhone 4S remains one of the most popular smartphones on the market. The success of Apple is set to be added to further when the iPhone 5 goes on sale on the 21st of September. It is been predicted that as many as 10,000,000 units could be sold in its first weekend on the market, with 139,000,000 further units forecast to be sold by the end of the year.
Several prominent UK networks have today released details of their iPhone 5 deals which are now available for pre-order.