Apple rolls out iPhone 5 across Europe

Shortly after its UK debut, the iPhone 5 has now been made available in a further 22 countries.

The updated Apple smartphone is now on sale in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

In Ireland, a SIM-free iPhone 5 is available for €679-899, depending on internal storage capacity. The Apple website says there is currently a three to four week wait time in the Emerald Isle. It's a bit pricier in Italy, at €729-949, and pricier still in Sweden (about €800 - €1,000)

Apple released the iPhone 5 in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on 21 September. Buyers camped out and queued up at Apple's London flagship stores, on Regent Street and in Covent Garden, to get their hands on the iPhone 5, but many rushed the web to pre-order the device, which quickly sold out.

The updated smartphone boasts a bigger, 4in screen, 4G LTE connectivity, and a faster A6 processor. It also comes equipped with iOS 6, which has come under fire thanks to its lacklustre Maps app - a feature that prompted an apology from Apple's Tim Cook last week.