Few pundits would dare predict the iPhone 5 price in the UK with so many factors affecting cost. The factors affecting price will have to include how technically different the device is, the change in design and how competitive the market is.
For a full list of Apple iPhone 5 UK prices and tariffs, check out Mobiles.co.uk.
There have been many iPhone 5 rumours and we have reported that the specs are likely to be highly superior to its predecessor with a larger 4.0 inch Retina Display, faster dual core processing with its A6 chip and improved camera/video capabilities. All this comes at a cost that Apple either absorbs or passes on to consumers.
Another factor that will have bearing on the iPhone 5 price is the inclusion of a 4G LTE chip; hardware that when supported with a 4G mobile network, will give you faster access to the internet. This rumour first spread in 2011 following reports that Apple stores were being outfitted to test 4G. It is thought the current cost of LTE chip would push the iPhone 5 price beyond a favourable cost for consumers. The inclusion of 4G comes just in time as recent handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 920 has announced the same technology within their 2012 flagship device.
For the first time in the history of the iPhone, Apple have unveiled a larger screen. Stepping away from the traditional 3.5 inch display, we don’t expect this to have much of a bearing on price.
The main pricing factor will probably be competition. One should note that the iPhone 5 is being launched in a far more crowded market than its predecessor so many competing Smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S3, Sony Xperia S are very credible alternatives at a reasonable price.
Android is now the leading OS in the market by sheer number of devices and with upgrade of the software to Ice Cream Sandwich this will give iPhone 5 stiff competition.
The iPad 2 launch has taught many industry watchers about Apples thinking regarding pricing. Many expected the increased iPad 2 features to come at a premium but Apple threw a curve ball to Galaxy tab and other competing tablets by releasing at same price as the first version. This is great for the gadget fans as it leads to a price crash of the previous tech putting it within reach of many more consumers such as great iPhone 4 deals.
Apple iPhone 5 UK price
The iPhone 5 handset price in the UK is £529 for the 16 GB version. Further iPhone 5 prices are yet to be announced but we predict and £612 for the 32 GB which is similar to iPhone 4S at launch. The contract best prices are likely to be around £199 for 16 GB and £280 for the 32 GB on an 18 month £35 monthly tariff. In general Apple has increased its product prices in the UK in line with increase in VAT to 20 percent so we should expect to pay a bit more for the iPhone 5.
So Apple are marginly increasing the iPhone 5 launch price to £30 above its predecessor while upping the technology in the product. You can be notified of the iPhone 5 price in UK as soon as we know about it by registering on our Apple iPhone page.
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