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iPhone 5 dropped as iPhone 4S lives on

Apple has announced that the iPhone 5 will be discontinued to make way for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, the iPhone 4S will live on though.

The introduction of the iPhone 5C has scuppered Apple’s usual plan of moving the old flagship into the position of the cheaper model.

See also: iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C

Now, the iPhone 5 will be scrapped altogether in favour of the iPhone 5C, while the iPhone 4S will occupy the base price point with the 8GB model now offered for free on all contracts.

You can wave goodbye to the iPhone 4 as well, because that model’s getting the heave-ho too.

Unfortunately, this means that the iPhone 5 probably has the shortest shelf life of any iPhone to date, but you can blame the colourful iPhone 5C for that.

The plastic polycarbonate body smartphone does offer very similar specs to the iPhone 5, with the same 1.3GHz A6 processor and 8-megapixel rear camera.

It does give the front-facing camera a minor spec bump to 1.9-megapixels, and Apple has introduced a new Live Camera app, new Live filters and 3x video zoom.

 The hard-coated polycarbonate body comes in five colours – red, blue, green, yellow and white – with the 16GB model available for £469, while the 32GB model is £549.

As Apple’s new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S offers a raft of new features for consumers to enjoy. The processor has been updated to the new A7 CPU, over 50 per cent faster than the A6 chip of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5.

Integrated into the new home button of the iPhone 5S is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which offers increased security for iPhones and the mobile payments made on them.

Both models run the new iOS 7 mobile OS and will be available to purchase from September 20.

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