iPhone 5 UK price to start at £529

iPhone 5 UK price to start at £529For 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.

The real bitter pill is that the iPhone 5 UK price will start at £529. That’s a good £30 more expensive than the iPhone 4S. Apple says only that the iPhone 5 will be “from £529”, so we’re assuming that’s for the 16GB model, with an extra £100 to leap to 32GB and a further £100 for 64GB.

So we’re probably talking £729 (at least) for a 64GB iPhone 5? Sweet mother of all things beautiful. Yeah, it’s only £30 more than the iPhone 4S was this time last year(ish), but there’s something about that first digit – the hundreds – changing that makes it all the more painful.

EDIT: nope, the 32GB iPhone 5 is (still) £599, and the 64GB is £699. Phe-ew!

As for the other models, the three-year-old iPhone 3GS is now officially gone, with iOS 6 as a parting gift on September 19.

That makes the iPhone 4 the lowest of the new range, priced £319 for 8GB. No other storage options, incidentally.

The iPhone 4S, meanwhile, is stuck on 16GB, and priced £449. That doesn’t seem particularly reasonable to me, but we are talking Apple here.

Finally, all five of the Big Five (O2, Three, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile) have confirmed that they’ll carry the iPhone 5, with Everything Everywhere offering an LTE package.

We’ll no doubt have more on iPhone 5 UK contract prices in the coming days.

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DanYickso  Sep. 13, 2012 at 00:12

That will be a deal breaker for some, not many fat wallets in this climate. I personally have been waiting for this since the 4S came out and even bought a 64gb ipad3 on release day just to tide me over, but 750 quid or so for a phone..... You will however probably find that the government will hand some out with next weeks giro. The price set for an iPhone 4 is absurdity alone.

fauji786  Sep. 13, 2012 at 07:52

The Apple website is saying on the below link right at the bottom the 16Gb is £529, 32GB is £599 and 64GB is £699

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone/compare

universe1992  Sep. 13, 2012 at 08:30

Anyone willing to pay that much would be better getting the Galaxy note II imo or of course the S3 :p

martinwallis  Sep. 13, 2012 at 08:42

It's only the 16GB that's £30 more, prices are on the Apple site: 16GB £529, 32GB £599, 64GB £699

Macellg  Sep. 13, 2012 at 09:37

Why does no one think we are getting ripped off in the UK ? How do you go from $199 USA for 16GB to £529  in the UK even at a parity in the pound - dollar  that's £330 jump ...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 09:56

Why does no one think we are getting ripped off in the UK ? How do you go from $199 USA for 16GB to £529  in the UK even at a parity in the pound - dollar  that's £330 jump ...

Easy... phew...relax! $199 is the US contract price, my man. £529 is the UK sim-free price!
Big bloody old difference!

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:24

The Apple website is saying on the below link right at the bottom the 16Gb is £529, 32GB is £599 and 64GB is £699

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone/compare


Good spot, sir :)

Bizarrely, this comparison page doesn't have prices: http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/compare-iphones

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:28

Complete rip off imo. Nothing new, nothing to make it stand above Galaxy S3. They are behind again and again, year after year. Who actually cares that it's thinner? When you put it in a case as most do you won't be able to tell the difference. Who cares that it's made out of glass or whatever. Who cares that the camera has a SLIGHT improvement? Who care's that is slightly faster, because we all need Cut The Rope to be a fraction of second faster? Is that it?? We just can't handle the speed of YouDraw at the moment? It's just too damn slow isnt it! NO!

And where's the NFC??????????? Seriously, where's the technological revolution? Where's the wireless charging????

If anyone purchase this you are going to be behind with your gadgets and technology. At this rate Android phones will be a full 16 months ahead of Apple because with every release all they do is make their phones on par with standard technology. And in fact as I just said they are behind because they don't have basic things like NFC!

Utterly dissapointed with this release. I really expected them to push the boat out! I didn't want to believe that they would do the same thing as they did with 4S and make slight improvements to their existing behind-par phone, I really thought they were going to be cutting edge and bring new features to the smartphone industry.

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:30

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:13

Your entire first paragraph could be about pretty much every 2012 smartphone.
Sorry, but what IS your point?
And NFC? What for?
How and in what regard will "Android" be 16 months ahead? Who or what do you mean by "Android"? Samsung? Archos?
Sorry, without more deatails, I declare your post troll post of the day. You're a winner

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:17

...and opheliac,
what is it: Apple sucked or they will be overtaken by (a vague) Android and that is bad??? If they suck, how come you sound angry? You should be pleased that Android can now destroy them?!

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:31

Your entire first paragraph could be about pretty much every 2012 smartphone.


You're joking right?
i.e.........
Face Recognition
NFC
Wireless charging
2K- 3k mAh battery
LARGE screen
Stylus
Beats Audio
Beam Projector
3D
Expandable Memory
50gb Cloud Storage
S Beam
Direct call
Turn Over
Palm Sweep

All great/fun features and pushing the boundaries of smartphone technology. The point is Apple hasn't even sniffed at any of these current new features. As I said "Nothing new, nothing to make it stand above Galaxy S3. They are behind again and again, year after year". Also note you can criticise the features as much as you want, that's your opinion, however if they were in an Apple phone the Apple lovers would be spitting feathers about them!

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:34

...and opheliac,
what is it: Apple sucked or they will be overtaken by (a vague) Android and that is bad??? If they suck, how come you sound angry? You should be pleased that Android can now destroy them?!


I don't care about brands. I want the best technology, I don't care who makes it. I have no loyalty. Just stating the factoids.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:08

Your entire first paragraph could be about pretty much every 2012 smartphone.


You're joking right?
i.e.........
Face Recognition
NFC
Wireless charging
2K- 3k mAh battery
LARGE screen
Stylus
Beats Audio
Beam Projector
3D
Expandable Memory

All great/fun features and pushing the boundaries of smartphone technology. The point is Apple hasn't even sniffed at any of these current new features. As I said "Nothing new, nothing to make it stand above Galaxy S3. They are behind again and again, year after year". Also note you can criticise the features as much as you want, that's your opinion, however if they were in an Apple phone the Apple lovers would be spitting feathers about them!

And who makes a phone with all those features?
Moreover: who wants all those features?

Wait, no need to reply, really...

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:14

I think the point is, who doesn't make a phone with any of those features.

"How and in what regard will "Android" be 16 months ahead?"

This stuff has already been out at least 6 months. From now and in 12 months time can you honestly see Apple releasing a phone with any of the above features?

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 13:24

Why does no one think we are getting ripped off in the UK ? How do you go from $199 USA for 16GB to £529  in the UK even at a parity in the pound - dollar  that's £330 jump ...

Easy... phew...relax! $199 is the US contract price, my man. £529 is the UK sim-free price!
Big bloody old difference!


Was bound to be one. :)

And Jan surely you remember Opheliac from the Note is best at everything posts?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 13:33

opheliac...
really: whatever.

itsme1234  Sep. 13, 2012 at 13:34

Your entire first paragraph could be about pretty much every 2012 smartphone.


You're joking right?
i.e.........
Face Recognition
NFC
Wireless charging
2K- 3k mAh battery
LARGE screen
Stylus
Beats Audio
Beam Projector
3D
Expandable Memory
50gb Cloud Storage
S Beam
Direct call
Turn Over
Palm Sweep

All great/fun features and pushing the boundaries of smartphone technology. The point is Apple hasn't even sniffed at any of these current new features. As I said "Nothing new, nothing to make it stand above Galaxy S3. They are behind again and again, year after year". Also note you can criticise the features as much as you want, that's your opinion, however if they were in an Apple phone the Apple lovers would be spitting feathers about them!


All the features you mention arent currently available on a single phone, these are features youve brought together from many android phones and presented it as an argument against the iPhone 5.
Galaxy SIII doesnt have a beam projector, 3d... therefore its a failure?

As for the other new features youve listed - A STYLUS!! Please phones have been using a stylus for years hardly revolutionary.

Finally how large of a screen do you want? 9.7 inches maybe (iPad)? Or BIGGER???

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:08



All the features you mention arent currently available on a single phone, these are features youve brought together from many android phones and presented it as an argument against the iPhone 5.
Galaxy SIII doesnt have a beam projector, 3d... therefore its a failure?

As for the other new features youve listed - A STYLUS!! Please phones have been using a stylus for years hardly revolutionary.

Finally how large of a screen do you want? 9.7 inches maybe (iPad)? Or BIGGER???


I guess it depends on how you read the post, but the main point I was making is that this new Apple phone is nothing to shout about, on the contrary I believe. Unless you shut your eyes to anything and everything but Apple that is.

Don't get me wrong I'm not a S3 fanboy. But the S3 has majority of the features I mentioned above. And since I like cutting edge technology with all the bells and whistles then I'd easily have to choose an Android phone over Apples Iphone 5.

Phones have been using stylus's for years, thanks for making that point, further proving how far behind Apples smartphones are. And that's before we start talking about the other 14 noted down.

Thanks for asking the question of how large of a screen I'd want. I'd say 5.5 inch with 2gb ram would be just swell thanks! Also equip it with the latest functions, select a good half a dozen of the following, you can pick (doesn't matter if you pick the ones I don't like because it's a cert than majority of them will be in the ANDROID phone anyway) : Face Recognition | NFC | Wireless charging | 2K- 3k mAh battery | LARGE screen | Stylus | Beats Audio | Beam Projector | 3D Expandable Memory | 50gb Cloud Storage | S Beam | Direct call | Turn Over | Palm Sweep.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:23

Apple's introduction of capacitive multi-touch and non-stick screens meant we could kill the stylus... I had a Note. Nothing the stylus offered that couldn't be done without it.
Sure, there are new applications in the excellent Note 10.1, but it's a niche product. As is the nonsense 3D, etc etc

Opheliac  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:28

Apple's introduction of capacitive multi-touch and non-stick screens meant we could kill the stylus... I had a Note. Nothing the stylus offered that couldn't be done without it.
Sure, there are new applications in the excellent Note 10.1, but it's a niche product. As is the nonsense 3D, etc etc


Okay so what you're saying is that all the feature's that I mentioned above are all unworthy of being in a phone? And Apple is right on the mark by not including them or anything else new and revolutionary?

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:51

On a bad day Jan might think me an android zealot, but I can definitely say that I wouldn't miss any of the features barring larger battery which is pushing it to call it a feature and expandable memory which was never going to happen as they can still charge £170 for 48gb. Neither of those is new and revolutionary and nor are most/all of the rest.

Face Recognition - meh played with it, gimmick
NFC - not interested at all
Wireless charging - really not interested
2K- 3k mAh battery - I'd take more than that really
LARGE screen - 4.3 at a push, more than that not really for me
Stylus - I'm no artist and no way it could read my writing so no need for me
Beats Audio - I don't want to ruin my music thanks
Beam Projector - come back in 3-5 years when it might work well enough to be interested
3D - bore off, don't want it on tv don't want it on phone
Expandable Memory - a given but won't happen
50gb Cloud Storage - not really fussed
S Beam - so not interested
Direct call - eh?
Turn Over - meh don't care
Palm Sweep - meh don't care

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:01

Until wireless charging is truly wireless, it is a silly wasteful redundancy. Pads are more expensive, harder to replace, you still need socket and circuitry for conventional charger...

As to screen: The success of a handful of huge models betrays the fact that the vast number of ts devices sold are 4in and smaller.
But why am I arguing with ofailiac? He's not interested in an exchange of viewpoints. He wants a big Volks-Phone. Really big.

Andy247  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:02

Troll, after troll, after troll, and yes, I include Jan in that.

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:11

I blame lewis for all of it

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