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iPhone 5 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 92
Article Title = iPhone 5 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 12th September 2012
Article Last Updated = 23rd January 2015
Article URL =

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the iPhone 5
Q. When will the iPhone 5 be available in the UK?
A. The iPhone 5 launched on 21st September 2012 and is available to buy in the UK
Q. What colours will the iPhone 5 be available in?
A. Black and slate or white and silver (the black version will have a black anodized aluminium back while the white version will have a raw aluminium back).
Q. What are the system requirements for using an iPhone 5?
A. The following are required:
  • An Apple ID (for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires
    • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.7.0 or later
Q. I'm not running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. What can I do?
A. Buy Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and either run that or upgrade to the latest version of OS X.
Q. How much will the iPhone 5 cost?
A. Similar pricing to the iPhone 4S.
Q. Where can I buy the iPhone 5 in the UK?
A. Several places offer it for sale:
Q. iPhone 5 supports 4G/LTE in other countries outside of the USA. Can I take advantage of this in the UK?
A. You need to be on the EE network to take immediate advantage of 4G. EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) is a network based on Orange and T-Mobile combined. You can remain as an Orange or T-Mobile customer as per usual but you won't be able to use 4G. EE has said it will make it "easy and straightforward" to move to EE to take advantage of the 4G network.
Q. The iPhone 5 comes with a new "Lightning" connector. Can I still connect it to my computer/older devices?
A. Potentially, yes. The iPhone 5 only comes with a Lightning to USB connector cable in the box which allows you to connect the iPhone 5 to your Mac or Windows PC. If you need compatibility with other devices you may need one of the following products:
Q. What's the difference between the iPhone 5, 4S and 4?
A. See Apple UK's comparison chart.
Q. Is the iPhone 4S/4/3GS still available to buy?
A. The 3GS has been discontinued but the iPhone 4 and 4S will now be available at much cheaper prices:
Q. Is the iPhone 5 different in size to the iPhone 4/4S?
A. Yes. It's 7.6mm thick (18% thinner than 4S), weighs just 112 grams (20% lighter than 4S) and is physically taller (but still smaller volumetrically than the 4S) with a larger 1136 x 640 pixels display.
Q. Will the new larger display be a problem for the apps I've already purchased/use?
A. Apple Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand have all been updated to take advantage of the larger screen. All currently available apps and any apps you have already got/purchased will still work with the larger display on the new iPhone 5 without being scaled or stretched. App developers can choose to update their apps to take advantage of the larger display if they wish to.
Q. Will any developers update their apps to take advantage of the new larger display?
A. Yes. Some already have. The site allows you to see a realtime list of these new iPhone 5 enabled apps using this "iPhone 5" search query. That url shows all recently updated iOS apps that mention "iPhone 5" in their What's New update description. There may be a few false positives, but the majority of apps listed are listing support for the new iPhone.
Q. What are the primary new/upgraded features of the iPhone 5?
  • Larger 1136 x 640 pixels display
  • 4G/LTE frequency support
  • better battery life (10hrs video playback, 40hrs music playback, 225 hrs of standby, 10hrs of WiFi, 8hrs of 3G talk+3G/LTE browsing)
  • All digital "Lightning" connector
  • Dual-channel 802.11(n) Wi-Fi connectivity
  • A6 processor
  • Front facing Facetime camera offers 720p HD video capture + the ability to take photos while recording video
  • New/better automatic antenna technology to switch between 2G/3G/4G
  • New mobile audio tech ("wide-band" audio - carrier specific)
  • New touch tech (built into physical display layers enabling thinner product)
  • New Nano-SIM (iPhone 5 is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards - carries should offer upgraded cards where necessary)
  • Supports Bluetooth 4.0
Q. What mobile frequencies does the iPhone 5 support?
See this article.
Q. What version of iOS does the iPhone 5 come with?
A. It comes with iOS 6.
Q. I don't want iOS 6. Can I install/run an earlier version of iOS?
A. No.
Q. The new iPhone/iPod products come with Apple's new "EarPods". Are these available to buy separately (for my older device)?
A. Yes. You can order them on the UK Apple Store Buy it now at Apple Store UK.

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