At Apple's developer conference in San Francisco, Steve Jobs unveiled
his company's next
generation smartphone, the iPhone 4. With over 100 new features, there's
a lot to drool over. Here's what gadget geeks are most excited about:
and Color Schemes Michael Bettiol at Boy Genius
Report writes: "The iPhone 4 will be available in both black and white.
The 16GB model will be $199 and the 32GB model will be $299. Both of
these prices reflect the 2-year contract price with AT&T. Pre-orders
for the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan will commence on the 15th of
June. June 24th is the big day as far as actual availability goes."
Super-Thin, writes Agam Shah at PC World: "The iPhone 4 sports a new look
and is the thinnest smartphone, [Jobs] said. At 9.3 millimeters (0.36
inches) thick, the new iPhone is 24 percent thinner than iPhone 3GS."
- 'You Can Bing It,' praises Miguel Helft at The New York Times:
"No black eye for Google, but a win for Microsoft. Mr. Jobs announces
that in addition to Google, which remains the default search engine, and
Yahoo, which was already an option on the iPhone, iOS 4 will give users
the option to use Bing for their searches."
- An Incredible
Display Screen, notes Ed Oswald at Technologizer: "Another
major feature is the 'Retina display,' Apple’s upgraded screen for the
iPhone 4. The resolution comes in at 326dpi, which along with some
software magic makes for clear, smooth fonts and more vivid images. Jobs
said the resolution is actually higher than the human eye can see
(exaggeration, perhaps?). Either way, Apple expects it to be 'years'
before anybody matches this display."
- Video Chat and Camera
Overhaul, details Matt Brian at The Next Web: "Steve
Jobs has just announced that the iPhone 4 has been given a complete
overhaul in the camera department, upgrading the 3MP camera on the 3GS
to a 5MP LED flash enabled camera that has 5x digital zoom. The handset
has a backside illuminated sensor, integrated so the imaging sensor can
“get more light, enabling iPhone users to take better quality low-light
photos. Pixel sensors have been kept larger instead of blindly
increasing megapixels to improve picture clarity and quality... The
iPhone 4 will be able to record full 720p HD video at 30fps with tap to
focus, one-click sharing and the LED flash will stay illuminated to
allow the recording of video in low-light situations. Instead of
cropping videos on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 owners will be able to edit
HD video using….wait for it…….iMovie for iPhone!" On top of that,
there's also video chat: "You can use the front or
rear camera, so people can see what you are seeing. Portrait or
Landscape. The app is called FaceTime. 'Apple will ship 10s of millions
of FaceTime devices this year, so there will be lots of people to talk
- Chip and Battery Overhaul, writes MG Siegler at TechCrunch: "As expected, the iPhone 4 will
use Apple’s A4 chip. The device also has a bigger battery than ever
before. The combination of these two things allows for 40% better
battery life in some situations, Jobs said."
- The Gyroscope, writes
Diaz at Gizmodo: "The new iPhone 4 has a gyroscope built-in. This
means that it can track movement with a very high precision, much higher
than the built-in accelerometers in the previous iPhones. It's 3-axis,
so it's capable of detecting pitch, roll, and yaw. Couple with the
accelerometer, you have 6-axis motion sensing."
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