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iPhone 4 Announced

At the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new iPhone 4.

Jobs said the the fourth generation of iPhone has over one hundred new features including a higher resolution display, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD Video recording, Apple's A4 processor and longer battery life.

The device will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on June 24th in black or white.

Canada, along with seventeen other countries will have to wait until the end of July for their iPhone.



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Apple today presented the new iPhone 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple’s stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in super crisp text, images and video. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24, starting in the US at just $199 for qualified buyers with a two year contract.*

“iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”

FaceTime is as mobile as your phone, so you can see your loved ones and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required, and you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

Apple’s stunning 3.5 inch Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels—four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78 percent of the pixels on an iPad™. 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.

iPhone 4 is the thinnest smartphone ever—9.3 millimeters—with an all-new design and build quality like no other mobile device. The front and back are made of aluminosilcate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, more scratch resistant and more durable than ever. The front and back glass have an oil-resistant coating that helps keep it clean, and encircling iPhone 4 is a highly finished stainless steel band made of a custom alloy that is forged to be five times stronger than standard steel.

iPhone 4 features a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor and built-in LED flash that allows you to take amazing pictures even in low light and dark environments. iPhone 4 lets you record and edit incredible HD video and the popular tap to focus feature now works while recording video. You can use the iPhone 4‘s LED flash for both still photography and video recording. The new iMovie app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music, and users can buy it for just $4.99 through the App Store right on their phone.

iPhone 4 is the best mobile device ever for games and entertainment, with access to tens of thousands of games and entertainment apps on the revolutionary App Store. 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, making it perfect for gaming. Developers can access the gyro using the new CoreMotion API to make games and other apps that go well beyond what other mobile devices offer.

iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, 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.

The new iBooks app will be available for iPhone 4 as a free download from the App Store and includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product. The iBooks app will sync your current place in a book, along with any bookmarks, highlights and notes you have created, between copies of the same book on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. iBooks users can also now read and store PDFs right in iBooks. There are now over 60,000 books available in the iBookstore, and users have downloaded over five million books in the first two months.

More than five billion apps have been downloaded from the revolutionary App Store and more than 225,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries. Almost 100 million iPhone and iPod touch users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

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.***

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model 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. iMovie for iPhone will be available on the App Store for just $4.99 (US).

Also on June 24, a new iPhone 3GS 8GB model will be available for just $99 (US). iOS 4 software will be available on June 21 as a free software update via iTunes 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch customers.****

iPhone 4 will roll out worldwide to 88 countries by the end of September. iPhone 4 will be available by the end of July in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.



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post #3 of 78 (permalink) Old 2010-06-07, 04:23 PM
 
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I really can't wait to see this new screen in person. Its something that excites me the most of all the new features.
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I agree that the display is probably going to be amazing on the iPhone 4 (though the true test will be outdoor performance).

The biggest disappointment for me is the amount of flash memory. Considering the bump up to 720p video recording, I'm somewhat surprised they didn't introduce a 64GB model. I was hoping to see 16GB for $99 (even if it was only the 3GS), 32GB for $199, and 64GB for $299 on contract.
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I'm dissapointed that they didn't offer it unlocked (as an option) for those who do not wish to be on contract. Would cut down on illegal unlocking, and spruce up competition since it would be easy to switch carriers. They did it for the iPad, the iPhone should have been the same.
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No carrier-supplied phone is unlocked - that's just the nature of North American cellular devices. Doubt it would happen anytime soon, as all North American carriers would probably object at this (and opt to not sell the iPhone).
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is there a law on the books anywhere, that actually says it's illegal to unlock a phone that you the owner, own? just curious.
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Nope, it is not illegal - despite what Apple (or a cell carrier) would want to tell you).

Anyways, back to the iPhone itself, I don't really see video calling (FaceTime) taking off - at the very least not until it's available for use on a cellular link only.
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Wonder why Canada was left out of the first batch of countries to get it? We were on the list last year.
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When the 3Gs came out I decided to stick with my 3G instead of upgrading.

The iPhone 4 will make a nice upgrade. I'm liking the new battery usage - up to 10 hours surfing. It's inline with the iPad which has a great battery life.

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Is the new iphone 4 exclusive to Rogers and any idea how long Rogers has exclusivity with the new iphone? Would you be able to purchase on from the US this month and then get coverage when It comes to Canada?
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Unknown at this point which Canadian carriers will get the device. Given that Rogers, Bell, and Telus all carry the current iPhone and operate on the same 3G frequencies, logic would dictate that all three will get it at the same time. Things could change when the carriers announce the launch in Canada, but that's just how I see it.

If you bought an AT&T version, it could theoretically be unlocked to work up here, although that probably wouldn't be worth it since we'll be getting it in a month or two.
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no 64GB

unfortunately i'm not too surprised about no 64GB option. there were consistent rumors that the single 64gb nand chips that would be needed for the iphone are early in production, quite expensive, and low in supply. I don't need 64 myself, but would have been nice to have 32GB option at $200!


In terms of the locking situation, its obvious that the carriers want phones locked - which I can understand apple complying with early on. But at this point, if I were apple, I'd say the heck with it. Do you really think a carrier can risk not carrying the iphone?

Also really weird how Canada isn't included in the initial launch in June. I really hope there isnt shortages like the iPad experienced and it gets pushed back even farther..
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Bell told me they would be offering the iPhone 4 but did not offer any details.



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Interesting to hear. I'd be very surprised if a carrier that sells the 3GS does not pick up the iPhone 4.
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