Apple launches iPhone 5

Apple launches iPhone 5

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 at a press conference in San Francisco last night, showcasing the taller, slimmer device.

It also features a larger screen, a metal back, increased battery life and is capable of using the 4G LTE network in the UK when it comes online.

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said the new smartphone was an "absolute jewel" and the "most beautiful product" the firm has ever made.

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the hardware and software engineering that has gone into this product is unlike anything we've ever undertaken before," he added.

Pre-orders for the new iPhone 5 will begin on September 14th, with the devices expected to be shipped from September 21st.

The iPhone 5 has five columns of icons rather than the current four found on the 4S, making it easier to navigate as there are more options on the initial page.

Other features unveiled include a panorama-ready eight megapixel iSight camera with sapphire lens cover, increased battery life allowing for eight hours of 3G or LTE talk time or browsing and ten hours of Wi-Fi use and enhanced audio.