As almost everyone should know by now, Apple and Steve Jobs officially announced and demonstrated the iPhone 4 today at WWDC 2010. Steve Jobs says, “iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone” and I think I would totally agree with that statement. I think this new iPhone has by far had the biggest change in terms of hardware than any of the previous models. Also with the new hardware there will probably be more new apps and software for the phone as well. Here are some of the changes in the new iPhone 4.
First, is the new 3.5 inch Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels which is about 4 times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when the phone is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic than ever before on an electronic display.
Next is the size and asthetics. The iPhone 4 is apparently the thinnest smartphone ever at 9.3mm which is about 0.36inches. The front and the back of the phone are made of aluminosilcate glass which is 30 times harder than plastic apparently, making it more scratch resistant and durable. Also the front and back contain an oil coating which helps keep the phone clean and to wrap it all up the edges of the phone have a highly finished stainless steel which is five times stronger than standard steel according to the press release.
More information and photos after the break.
Now moving on to some technical features, the iPhone 4 comes with two cameras. A 5MP auto-focus camera with 5x digital zoom on the back with LED flash light and a also a front facing camera for video calling. The rear camera is also able to record HD video of 720p @30fps. Also from the press release, “Every iPhone 4 has a built-in 3-axis gyro that when combined with the accelerometer provides 6-axis motion sensing such as up and down, side to side, forward and backward and pitch and roll. iPhone 4 delivers an amazing seven hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and up to six hours on 3G, and up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback. iPhone 4 is powered by Apple’s new A4 processor that provides exceptional processor and graphic performance along with long battery life. iPhone 4 features a second microphone and advanced software to suppress unwanted background noise for improved call quality when in loud places. iPhone 4 also offers 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and adds quad-band HSUPA to provide 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.8Mbps uplink capability.”
Moving on to the software and operating system. “The newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. With over 100 new features, it includes Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. With Multitasking, users can now instantly switch between any of their apps while preserving battery life. With Folders, users can easily organize their apps into collections by simply dragging one app on top of another. A folder is automatically created and named based on the category of apps selected. Users can change the name of any folder at any time. In addition, users can now customize their lock and home screens with an array of supplied wallpapers or with any of the photos on their phone” from the press release.
Pricing of the iPhone will be pretty standard, $199 for 16GB and $299 for a 32GB with 2 year AT&T contracts. iPhone will be available in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on June 24 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4 beginning Tuesday, June 15 from the Apple Online Store or reserve an iPhone 4 to pick up at an Apple Retail Store and by the end of July it should be available world wide according to the press release.
Let us know your thoughts on the iPhone 4 in the comments section. Now for the main question…. How many of you are going to be getting the new iPhone and who is getting on the day it is released??