Apple unveils the new iPhone 5

Apple has finally unveiled the hugely anticipated iPhone 5.

CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco, saying ‘Apple has never been stronger’ as the new handset was revealed.

It has a larger 4" screen, along with a new dock connector and headphone design. The phone will go on sale on September 21st, and will cost the same as the previous version, the 4S.

With a casing made from glass and aluminium, is it also the thinnest iPhone ever made, at just 7.6mm thick

It also contains an eight-megapixel camera which can take 28-megapixel panoramic shots.

Apple confirmed the phone, available in black and white, has a four-inch display, with a resolution of 1136x640 - the same width as previous models but taller, allowing an extra row of icons to be displayed on the phone's home screen.

It uses a new type display which is 30 per cent thinner that previous handsets.

The iPhone is expected to become the biggest selling in Apple’s history, with an estimated 8m set to be sold as Apple fights increasing competition from Google's Android software and Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Apple boasted the new handset has eight hours of 3G talk time, and a 225 hour standby time.

It also has an eight megapixel camera with a 3264x2448 sensor, and has improved its performance in low light, and a lens made from sapphire crystal.

iPhone 5 features:

Height: 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)
Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth: 7.6 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight: 112 grams (3.95 ounces)
Touchscreen: 4in
Pixel density: 326 per inch
Display: 1136x640 pixels
Services: 3G and superfast mobile 4G phone; music player; video player; internet browser; email.
Camera: Smaller, higher spec, faster shutter speed, panorama function. HD camera on front
Siri: Upgraded to allow spoken recommendations for films or restaurants. Possible to update Facebook status by voice command
Built in Apps: FaceTime video calls; video editing; Safari internet browser; email; Google maps replaced with Apple alternative including spoken directions; no YouTube as standard.
Processor: A6 chip said to be twice as quick as A5.
Internal Memory: 16GB; 32GB; or 64GB
Other Memory: Purchases stored in Apple’s iCloud servers
Battery: Standby up to 225 hours; Internet use up to 8 hours on 3G/4G; video playback up to 10 hours; audio playback up to 40 hours.
Operating System: Apple iOS 6
8 pin ‘lightning’ connector: to power sources and docking stations on speakers, radios and other devices. New adaptor will allow connections to existing 30 pin docking stations.
Prices: 16GB - $199; 32GB - $299; 64GB - $399