Should you keep your iPhone 5, iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C? Here's our buying advice for prospective iPhone buyers.
In this video we compare the iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4 and 4s to help you decide whether to update:
During its 10 September event, Apple dropped the iPhone 5 from its line-up as it introduced two new models of iPhone: the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. You can no longer buy the iPhone 5 from Apple's online store, but you might be able to pick up an iPhone 5 from a third-party seller or from auction sites such as eBay, which are likely to be flooded by iPhone 5s (that's multiple iPhone 5 units, not the new iPhone) now that the new iPhones have been unveiled.
Many carriers are also still offering the iPhone 5, but we're not sure how long this will continue, so if you're thinking of buying the older device you'll need to make your decision reasonably quickly so you don't miss out. Here, we help you make that decision.
Of course, many people are also likely to be questioning whether they should ditch their iPhone 5 in favour of one of Apple's new models, so this should help you too.
See also: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c comparison review
Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which hit the shelves on 20 September, have proved to be very popular! Most Apple Stores and carriers had run out of iPhone 5s units by lunch time that day, while iPhone 5c remains readily available thanks to much better supply of the cheaper model.
Apple has announced that it sold a total of 9 million new iPhones over the launch weekend, which blows the company's previous record of 5 million for the iPhone 5 out of the water. However, Apple hasn't specified which model accounted for the largest portion of that figure, and also hasn't said whether all of those 9 million devices have ended up in the hands of consumers rather than in carriers' inventories.
What's the difference between iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s?
The main differences between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5 are the new fingerprint sensor beneath the Home button, the speedier A7 chip and the new M7 chip, significant camera improvements and the addition of a new Gold colour option. You can find out more detail in our iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5s comparison review.
The iPhone 5 has been an extremely popular device and, unless the idea of that fingerprint sensor (which means you don't have to use passcodes) is massively appealing to you, we think you'll be satisfied with the iPhone 5's speed and camera.
That said, the camera improvements in the iPhone 5s are significant. While Apple hasn't increased the number of pixels, keeping the same 8-megapixels as the iPhone 5's camera, those pixels are now larger than before, which aims to make for better low-light results. That plus the new dual LED flash and HD video editing means you can capture much better photographs than you could with the iPhone 5, so if you're planning on using it for photography on a regular basis, it might be worth considering the upgrade.
You can find out more about the iPhone 5s new camera features here.
Of course, that new Gold colour could be the deciding factor for those who like the new look.
The price difference between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s (as sold by Apple) is around £20, with the iPhone 5s costing a little more than the iPhone 5. However, we're sure that you'll be able to pick up an iPhone 5 at a discounted price now that the new model has been announced, especially if you're content with a second-hand model.
Now that you know the difference between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s, you should have a better idea about whether the iPhone 5s is right for you. Before you get your cash out, though, it's worth taking a closer look at the iPhone 5s in our review.
What's the difference between iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c?
So, now that we've taken a closer look at the differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s, you might be wondering whether the cheaper iPhone 5c is a better option for you. But what's the difference between iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c?
Internally, not much. The iPhone 5c has the same A6 processor as the iPhone 5, the same 4in Retina display, the same cameras, and the Lightning connector. The iPhone 5c will ship with iOS 7 installed, but iPhone 5 users can get iOS 7 too now that is has been rolled out by Apple.
The only real internal differences between the two models are the WiFi and cellular hadware, which the iPhone 5c shares with the iPhone 5s rather than the iPhone 5. This means that better 3G signal, and it'll also mean better 4G compatibility.
On the outside, the iPhone 5c looks very different. It's plastic instead of aluminium, and comes in five colours: white, blue, green, yellow and pink. We think there will be lots of customers who aren't too keen on the new bubblegum shades, and would prefer to get their hands on an aluminium model of the iPhone.
When it comes to the price of the iPhone 5c, it's actually not very cheap at all. The 16GB iPhone 5 sold for £529 in the Apple store, and the 16GB iPhone 5c will cost you £469. Yep, it's just £60 cheaper.
Another difference is that there is no 64GB version of the iPhone 5c available, so for those who want that larger capacity, you'll have to cough up for the pricier iPhone 5s or try and grab yourself an iPhone 5 before they all disappear.
Can I upgrade my iPhone 5 to iOS 7?
iOS 7 was released on 18 September, and is installed on the two new iPhones already, so you'll get its new user interface and features when you buy the smartphone. That said, when iOS 7 rolled out, owners of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will were able to update to the new version, so if its iOS 7 that'll help make your decision between buying an iPhone 5 upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, you may as well buy the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 can get all of the same new iOS 7 features as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, including AirDrop, Siri, Turn-by-turn navigation and Safari full-screen and tab views, which are not available on some older models.
For a closer look at iOS 7, check out our review and video guide to the update.
If you've just taken a look at our review and don't like what you see, that could be another deciding factor for you to consider. If you get the iPhone 5s with iOS 7 installed on it, there's no easy way to go back to iOS 6. So if you really, really don't want to be using an iPhone running iOS 7 then you'll want to consider buying the iPhone 5 now. If you don't update your software, though, you might not be able to download certain apps from the App Store, or get access to new features or bug fixes.
If you've already got iOS 7 but really hate it, here's how you can go back to iOS 6.
What about the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S?
The iPhone 4S is still available to buy from Apple for £349, but you'll only be able to get an 8GB model of the older device. The iPhone 4, however, has gone the same way as the iPhone 5. Bye bye iPhone 4!
It's worth noting that several of the Macworld UK team are still using the iPhone 4S and are perfectly content with its features and camera capabilities. Here's our recently updated review of the iPhone 4S, which should help you make your decision.
Wondering how the iPhone compares to the rest of the industry? Read: How does the iPhone 5s compare to Samsung and other smartphones.
Additional reporting by David Price