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Apple iPhone 5: Need to Know

Thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 5? Here's all the key information.

Will battery life be affected?

Surprisingly, battery life looks as though it isn't affected despite the larger resolution and support for 4G capabilities.

Apple claims the iPhone 5 allows for 8 hours 3G browsing Time, 8 hours talk time or up to 10 hours video playback time.

Does iOS 6 bring any business specific updates?

The iPhone 5 will ship with the latest version of iOS. New features of the operating system include Apple's own Maps application, which is a direct replacement for Google Maps. Apple is offering features such as 3D and turn-by-turn navigation. Passbook will allow business users to store airline tickets, gift cards, and payment applications on the device, but it remains to be seen how well supported this will be.

Siri has been updated too. The voice assistant is able to find places of interest, answer more questions and even tell you the score of football matches. With the bigger screen, you can see more on every page in Safari.

Apple iPhone 5 - Siri improvements

Meanwhile, the Safari browser has been synced with iCloud services so you can continue reading articles after switching between iOS devices. Travelling business users will also be pleased to know that web pages can be saved to view offline. Users simply need to add them to a Reading List.

Another useful feature is the "Do Not Disturb" mode, which can be activated to prevent noisy alerts when you are in a meeting.

How much will it cost me?

It's not going to be cheap. The iPhone 5 has a starting price of 529 for 16GB model. This rises to 599 for 32GB and an eye-watering 699 for 64GB edition.

Contract prices vary by service providers. Contracts start around 34 to 37 a month with 1GB internet allowance. Users wanting unlimited internet will have to pay between 46 to 61 a month. At present EE (Everything Everywhere) will be the only operator to offer 4G services.

Where can I get it?

You can order the iPhone 5 directly from the Apple Online Store, though pre-orders have been going through the roof and the UK website quotes a "3-4 week" waiting time.

All the major operators in the UK will be offering the device including Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and 3 starting at 8:00am tomorrow. If you really want to get your hands on the device tomorrow it may be best to visit your operator's branded store.

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