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.