Apple finally reveals iPhone 5


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The Independent Online

It's here. After months of frenzied anticipation, Apple last night unveiled the iPhone 5, describing it as "an absolute jewel" of a phone which is lighter than previous versions but has a larger screen – half an inch bigger, to be precise.

The company said the phone contained a new chip allowing app developers to use "state-of-the-art performance and graphics" without affecting the battery life as much as older models.

The phone's camera has a sapphire crystal lens cover to protect it and a panorama option. Apple's Phil Schiller, pictured, joked: "The world is just a more beautiful place when you use an iPhone 5." It will run on the new super-fast 4G network.

The audience at the launch event in California was shown an updated map function that uses 3D maps and has spoken-word directions to thousands of destinations. The phone, available in white and black, will go on sale for £529 (without a contract) on 21 September in Britain.