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Apple iPhone 5 pre-order frenzy pushes back shipping date

14 Sep 2012
Apple iPhone 5 front featuring 4G and 4in screen

The iPhone 5 has opened for pre-order, and the rush for the latest Apple handset has already forced the firm to push back the shipping date.

Apple fans were able to place their online orders from Friday 14 September. But mere hours after opening for iPhone 5 pre-orders, Apple updated its online store to show a shipping time of two weeks, moved back from the original 21 September date.

The change means that early buyers will have to wait until 29 September to get their iPhone 5 at the earliest, or queue at one of the Apple stores on 21 September.

Apple finally unveiled its iPhone 5 handset on Wednesday, nearly two years after rumours concerning the device began to emerge.

The iPhone 5 features a number of changes including a bigger screen, faster processor, updated software and LTE support on EE.

The new iPhone is available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models, which cost £529, £599 and £699, respectively.

The iPhone is also available on a variety of two-year deals via numerous networks. Orange is selling the iPhone 5 on a £36 contract, complete with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB of mobile internet data.

The deal requires a down payment of £110 for the 16GB version, £220 for the 32GB and £270 for the 64GB.

T-Mobile is offering the iPhone 5 on its "unlimited" price plan. The plan offers 2,000 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet data and costs £36 a month, with the same upfront charges as its EE partner.

Vodafone is offering the iPhone 5 on two price plans. The first deal offers the iPhone 5 for free on a £47 per month contract, offering unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet data. The second offers the iPhone 5 on a cheaper £37 a month contract that charges £99 for the device and grants users 1GB of data.

For a more indepth look at the Apple iPhone 5 check out V3's analysis.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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