iPhone 5 – How To Check If You are Eligible for an Upgrade

By Prarthito Maity , Sep 13, 2012 01:02 PM EDT

Apple finally revealed its hotly-anticipated iPhone 5. CEO Tim Cook called the device "the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since the iPhone."

However, most users who are waiting to get their hands on the newest Apple smartphone are wondering if they can make the most out of the lower subsidized prices for the new device. Luckily, iFans can find that out right now.

Users will need to download the Apple store app on their iOS device and select "iPhone 5″ then "Upgrade iPhone." Once that's done, users will be asked to key in details like their account holder's phone number, billing zip, and other security information.

If existing iPhone users are eligible for an upgrade, a new iPhone 5 will cost set them back by $199, $299, or $399 depending on the capacity chosen. However, if users are ineligible for an upgrade they can still buy the iPhone 5, but for the non-subsidized price of $449, $549, or $649.

The new 4-inch iPhone 5, which will run the new iOS 6, has arrived with LED-backlit IPS TFT and a capacitive touchscreen. The device is 18 percent thinner (0.30 inch vs. 0.37 inch thick) and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. The smartphone has 1136 x 640 pixels resolution with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

The iPhone 5 boasts an 8-megapixel iSight camera with a feature list that includes backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, and an f2.4 aperture. The dynamic light mode is a new addition which enables users to launch photography apps up to 2.1 times faster.

The device will also support 4G LTE networks, which is an addition to the current support for GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA data networks.

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