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Surprise, surprise: Apple is 'blown away' by iPhone 5 pre-order interest

Surprise, surprise: Apple is 'blown away' by iPhone 5 pre-order interest

Martin James  Sep. 17, 2012 at 11:00

Ah, bless. Apple says it has been “blown away” by interest in the iPhone 5 since pre-orders opened on Friday.

Showing the usual Apple penchant for superlatives, a company spokesperson hailed the iPhone 5 pre-order response as “incredible”. Seems that £30 price bump is really turning people away, then...

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The iPhone 5 and confidence in NFC: the chicken or the egg?

A new survey in the US has revealed that two out of every three people prefer the notion of traditional cash-and-card money to the digital “mobile wallet” scenario promised by NFC.

The results make for interesting reading given one of the few surprises to emerge from an otherwise predictable Apple iPhone 5 launch through the week: the absence of NFC support on board Apple's latest iTreat.

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iPhone 5 queue begins already at Regent Street Apple store

iPhone 5 queue begins already at Regent Street Apple store

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 15, 2012 at 18:00

I was saying earlier that the iPhone 5 has proved typically divisive for Apple, but here’s one story we can all collectively sigh at.

The iPhone 5 goes on sale next Friday, September 21, and a handful of dudes are already queuing outside the Regent Street Apple store. But wait; hold that sigh for now; there’s a tad more to the story.

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Review of the week (super-wordy iPhone 5 edition)

Has it really been less than 72 hours since the iPhone 5 launch? It feels like forever, and in many ways it’s been crazier than freakin’ Mobile World Congress. Since Wednesday evening, we’ve written 13 iPhone 5-related articles, and you’ve blessed us with 300+ (no exaggeration – for serious) Apple-flavoured comments.

Sadly, Apple proved as divisive as ever, and tensions have been running high. Heck, young Matthew has even questioned his passion for smartphones (his beloved Samsung Galaxy S II is gently weeping somewhere). Uhm, is this a bad time to mention I pre-ordered my iPhone 5 last night?

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giffgaff drops the iPhone 5 ball, no nano-SIMs for months?

giffgaff drops the iPhone 5 ball, no nano-SIMs for months?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 14, 2012 at 16:00

If you’ve been following my recent rants, you’ll know that I’m currently contemplating the iPhone 5. Do I really want one? Do I need one? Hmm.

In any case, one thing I hadn’t considered is the fact that I’m on giffgaff, and the PAYG no-call-centre network doesn’t yet have nano-SIMs. Nyah! Worse still, it might be months before they catch up.

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Thinking out loud: iPhone 5 reaction

Following the launch of any major product, it’s traditional for me to “treat” (ahem) you Mobotniks to my innermost thoughts. For example, a few months ago I penned Why I bought the new iPad, and more recently Samsung Galaxy S III? Meh, I’ll wait for the iPhone 5.

Indeed, that brings me nicely to this here feature: my reaction to Apple's latest and greatest. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Apple finally launched the iPhone 5 on Wednesday night, and I immediately donned the Cap of Contemplation.

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Phil Schiller on the new Lightning connector

Phil Schiller on the new Lightning connector

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:00

One of the, uhm, major features of the iPhone 5 is the new Lightning connector, marking the end of a bizarre tradition started by the iPhone 2G and finished by the new iPad. Hey, I have both of those!

In a post-announcement interview, Schiller has explained why Apple was so focused on the iPhone 5’s connector, while forsaking fancy new stuff like NFC (Near Field Communication) and wireless charging.

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iPhone 5: world’s thinnest smartphone? Absolutely not

iPhone 5: world’s thinnest smartphone? Absolutely not

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:00

It was marketing chap Phil Schiller who did his best to make the iPhone 5 sound like the Best Thing Ever last night, and – to be fair, regardless of how you feel – he did a pretty good job. That’s why they pay him the big bucks.

One claim we didn’t relay, however, is that the iPhone 5 is the world’s thinnest smartphone. Why? Because that’s simply not true.

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iPod touch fifth gen: 4in display, A5 processor, five colours

Right, where were we? We’ve covered iPhone 5 specs, iPhone 5 price, and iOS 6; now it’s time for the other star of last night’s show.

I speak of the fifth generation iPod touch. I don’t know about you, but that picture is making me drool just a little bit.

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iPhone 5 UK price to start at £529

For anyone who followed tonight’s keynote, you’ll have noticed that they absolutely blasted through everything. That’s because they had to squeeze in the iPhone 5, iOS 6, and the new iPods.

As such, we weren’t entirely sure on pricing (contract prices remain the same in the US), however Apple’s UK site has since been updated, and the news ain’t good.

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