When will the iPhone 5 come to Australia?

Apple has finally signalled its intention to unveil the iPhone 5 at a media event on Wednesday 5 October (Australian time), but when will Australians get their hands on Apple's newest creation?

Apple has finally revealed the date it is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5. The company sent out invitations to the media overnight for an event on Wednesday morning 5 October (Australian time). The invitation is simply titled "Let's talk iPhone".

Read our comprehensive iPhone 4 review and check out our guide to the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

Though there is no clear indicator there will be an all-new iPhone unveiled at the event, it's highly likely considering Apple has released a new iPhone every year since the original hit US shelves in 2007.

When is the iPhone 5 likely to be available in Australia?

Traditionally, Australian consumers have had to wait a little longer than US residents to get their hands on the latest iPhone. As an example, the iPhone 4 launched in the US on 24 June 2010, but Australians had to wait until 30 July.

Because no firm date has been announced all we can do is speculate, but we expect the iPhone 5 Australian launch to follow the pattern of the iPhone — it will most likely launch on a Friday and should follow a few weeks after the US launch.

Some rumours have suggested Friday 14 October as a potential Australian release date, though this would likely mean that it launches at the same time as the US. Considering this date is just a week and a half after the media launch event we would guess it is unlikely. Friday 21 October or Friday 28 October seem like more realistic dates.

Where will I be able to buy the iPhone 5 from?

The iPhone 5 will once again be available from all three major telcos in Australia — Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. It should also be available on Virgin Mobile, just like the current iPhone 4.

Like the current iPhone, the iPhone 5 should also be sold outright through Apple's Retail Stores, including the newly opened Penrith and Hornsby stores in New South Wales. Of course, the iPhone 5 will once again be sold through online store.

Will there be more than one new iPhone?

Many industry experts are predicting two new iPhone devices to hit the shelves this year. The first is likely to be an all-new, flagship iPhone 5 and the second an iPhone 4S — a slightly cheaper, downsized version of the iPhone 5 targeted at consumers on a budget. Most predictions suggest this could be a slight refresh of the iPhone 4 with a lower price tag.

What is likely to be new in the iPhone 5?

Rumours about the iPhone 5 have been published for months, some wild speculation, others sounding closer to the mark. At the very least, expect the iPhone 5 to have a larger screen, a better quality camera and a new design: Apple loves to make the claim that new products are thinner and lighter than their predecessors.

What do you want to see in the iPhone 5? Are you likely to buy Apple's latest iPhone? Be sure to vote in our poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World




A Bluetooth that works with all devices' PC & other brand Smartphones.



All guess work, speculations and rumours.. why apple can't just release some useful information for the masses awaiting is beyond me.



Should Probably take this article done considering how WRONG it is.



iphone 4s with Cydia on it Lols that would be good



Iphone 4s with a Bigger screen:



hi apple company ,the iPhone 5 3" to 4" screen that the best one look at the feather of the iPhone 5 ilike .wait to come out soon ,can it come out soon.



Good News for Australian.




Cool very cool, I agree with them votes. Im also preety sure it has a 4.1 inch screen. But I have wondered if the new iPhone 5 is curved. If so that would be awesome, they need a new look!!!



Ummm....they can't launch an iPhone 4s because it was launched last year. Does he mean that he thinks that Apple will just drop the price on the current iPhone (4s) or that they will launch a third generation of the iPhone 4?



I seriously cannot wait unitl this iPhone comes out! This will be the next phone that i would like before i die!!!! :)



@Paul, this article was written before the iPhone 4S was released!



I like the idea of a bigger screen but the you can't text one handed and that was one of the big ideas of the iPhone



I'd like to see a better battery life in the new iPhone 5 and also a bigger screen and to be able to plug & play the iPhone 5 into my t.v and to be able to hear & see my music & game play from my t.v. and also id I like to see some thing done to iPhone 5 to make it's sound louder.
plus a better camera as i already own the IPhone 3 and its non compatable with my t.v or ps3
and the camera is rubbish on it plus it don't take long for the battery to go flat so can you iPhone developers improve on these features or I won't be getting another iPhone I'll get a android instead so please improve



Why can't apple just put some news up on their site? All this speculation, this & that is so mundane. Would rather hear it from the horses mount already. The wait of the new iPhone (5) is just dragging on & on. It's like waiting for a pizza that was ordered & sent to the wrong address.

Vincent (Melbourne)


Telstra prices are over A$600! Hongkong prices atart at US$199.
Will a iPhone purchased in HongKong, in late September, work in Australia with an Australian sim card??

rob poka


would this new i 5 be sturdy enough for tradies ? or if dropped

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