Back in 2007, the iPhone reinvented smartphones. With the world's best mobile operating system, a four-inch screen, super-slim dimensions, masses of memory and an improved camera, the iPhone 5 has done it all over again.
The iPhone 5 is the thinnest, lightest, fastest and best-looking iPhone ever. Weighing in at just 112 grams and measuring just 7.6mm thin, it's 18 per cent slimmer and 20 per cent lighter. But don't be fooled by its sleekness. The iPhone 5 is a powerhouse under the bonnet.
With 4G support, iPhone 5 owners can expect to surf the internet at speeds up to six times as fast as smartphones with 3G mobile web connectivity. Speeding things up even more is the A6 processor that's twice as fast as the A5 chip that powered the iPhone 4S.
The result is a phone with an amazing sense of 'snap' when you're zipping through menus, opening and closing apps and loading web pages. Better still, it handles 3D graphics with aplomb for some amazing mobile gaming experiences.
Extra power comes at the cost of battery life, though, right? Not so. The A6 has been custom-made to work with the iPhone 5 and is designed to be as power efficient as possible. That means you can expect eight hours of browsing, or eight hours of talk time or up to 10 hours of video playback.
Just as impressive is the four-inch screen, which is large enough to let you watch widescreen HD video. What's more, with higher colour saturation, 326 pixels per inch and a 1136-by-640 resolution, the iPhone 5's Retina display really brings images, games and apps to life.
Apple hasn't neglected the iPhone 5's camera either. This time around the eight-megapixel camera from the iPhone 4S has been improved with full HD video recording and a stunning panorama mode. And to help you get the best shot possible, it performs better in low light conditions and offers 40 per cent faster photo capture.
Of course, an iPhone wouldn't be an iPhone if it didn't feature Apple's amazing iOS software. The iPhone 5 is powered by the brand new iOS 6 version. Thanks to its revamped Siri digital assistant app, it now lets you speak posts straight to your Facebook page and even delivers voice results for where to eat and what movies to watch. And with free turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic information and spoken directions, mapping solutions don't come much better than the just-added Apple Maps.
Other features of the iPhone 5 include 32GB of storage, a secondary 1.2-megapixel camera for video calls with the FaceTime app and a choice of tens of thousands of great apps and games from the App Store download market.