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Saturday 20 January 2018

Apple stays tightlipped but iPhone5 launch expected in London tonight

Robert Dex

APPLE is expected to unveil its new iPhone today. The technology firm is staying tight-lipped, but invitations have gone out for "a special event" in central London which say "Let's talk iPhone".

A similar event is also being held at Apple's US headquarters in California.

Industry insiders have predicted the new phone, which is likely to be known as iPhone5, will have a bigger screen and built-in voice recognition software.

It is not clear when the phone will be on sale in the UK or how much it will cost.

There have also been some predictions Apple will launch a cheaper version of the iPhone4 at the same event.

Thousands of gadget fans queued to get their hands on the iPhone4 when it first went on sale last June.

Apple's flagship Regent Street store opened its doors early at 7am to deal with the demand.

Tonight's event is at the Apple store in Covent Garden, central London.

10 years of Apple launches

October 2001 – the first iPod is announced, boasting enough hard disk capacity for 1,000 songs.

July 2002 – the Windows-compatible second generation iPod is released. Apple sells 600,000 iPods.

April 2003 – the iTunes music store is launched, with Apple quickly becoming a major force in digital music distribution. By December it has sold 25 million songs and two million iPods.

January 2004 – Apple expands its iPod range with the iPod mini.

June 2004 – the iTunes Music Store opens for business in the UK.

January 2005 – the flash-memory-based iPod shuffle is released.

September 2005 – the flash-based iPod Nano replaces the iPod Mini. By the end of the year 42 million iPods have been sold.

February 2006 – the iTunes Music store sells its one billionth song.

January 2007 – the first iPhone is announced, for 2G networks only. It nevertheless catapults Apple ahead of smartphone rivals with its multi-touch screen.

September 2007 – the iPod Touch is released, replicating the iPhone’s touch-screen interface.

July 2008 – the second-generation iPhone 3G goes on sale and the App Store is launched.

June 2009 – The iPhone 3GS is announced. It adds a faster CPU and higher-resolution camera.

January 2010 – Apple announces the iPad, kickstarting the tablet computing market.

June 2010 – the iPhone 4 is announced, featuring a new shape, high resolution “Retina” screen, improved main camera and a new front-facing camera for video calling.

March 2011 – Steve Jobs introduces the iPad 2. It is thinner and faster than the first version and like the iPhone 4 adds a front-facing camera.

April 2011 – Apple reveals it has sold a total of 189 million iOS devices – iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads – to date.

4 October 2011 – Apple is due to reveal the next generation iPhone. It is rumoured to look similar to the iPhone 4, but contain a more powerful processor. It is also thought the firm will introduce a secondary, cheaper version akin to the iPod Nano, designed to appeal to the Chinese market.

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