In a rather unfortunate incident, roughly 250 units of the iPhone 5 that were to go on sale at a store in London have been stolen. CNET reports that the booty that thieves got away with was the entire stock of iPhone 5 that was to go on sale. Reportedly, the police plan to question an O2 shop assistant regarding the theft.   

The stolen handsets were to go on sale at O2 Store in the Tandem Centre in Colliers Wood near Wimbledon, on the same day. Even as investigations continue in the matter, it is being estimated that the stolen handsets are worth roughly £100,000 (Rs 87 lakh approximately).

Apple iPhone 5 pre-order stock over

Entire stock of a store gets stolen

Demands for the iPhone 5 are so high that queues have already begun to form outside Apple stores, indicative of Apple’s loyal fanbase. As per recent reports, the new phone went on sale across, Europe, Asia and Australia and mobile carriers spoke of record demand. Reportedly, Apple has booked more than 2 million orders for the device in the first 24 hours, which is double the first-day sales of the previous iPhone 4S.

As per reports, “Some analysts expect Apple to sell up to 10 million iPhone 5 models in the remaining days of September and JP Morgan estimates the phone release could provide a $3.2 billion boost to the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter. The amount is almost the same as the economy of Fiji.”

Here is a quick look at the highlighted features of the iPhone 5:

  • 4-inch, 326ppi Retina display at 1136 x 640 pixels,
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, 720p front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions

Made entirely out of aluminium and glass, the iPhone 5 weighs a mere 112gm and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is the thinnest iPhone yet at 7.6mm thick. Apple has chosen to debut iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 and the new OS includes Apple's own Maps app, an updated version of Siri and lots more. Overall, the new iPhone has been upgraded in almost all respects.

One of the biggest changes to iOS is the addition of Apple’s own Maps app in the place of Google Maps, which Apple has done away with. The new Maps app has a built-in search for local points of interest, with over 100 million possible suggestions. Other features of the Maps app include navigation, routing, 3D maps, satellite imagery – that wraps around the 3D maps – and the ability to get directions directly through Siri. Most of the standard features of the Maps app, including satellite view, are available in almost all countries the iPhone ships to.

Siri has also been updated and new features include support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud.

More information about the Apple iPhone 5 here.

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