So it’s finally here. After all the hype, creative PR (mistake my a**), and law suits that have become entwined to the saga, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to see Steve Jobs unveil Apples new iPhone 4G at the WWDC Keynote, June 7th.
So what does the new iPhone – set for release 24th June – have in store for its users? First off, the device runs on the more powerful,more efficient A4 processor also found in the iPad. The graphics are powered by an HD capable PowerVR SGX 535; and
two low power 128MB [update:] 512MB DDR SDRAM make up the system memory.
Apple claims the new iPhone 4G is the thinnest smart phone in the world – its 34% thinner than the iPhone 3GS – and since all the components are neatly packed together on the same chip, the phone can , apparently, process data quicker while still consuming less battery than previous versions. Interestingly enough, the battery is actually 16% larger than before and Apple claims it will provide up to:
- 7 hours talking over 3G
- 6 hours browsing over 3G
- 10 hours browsing over Wi-Fi
- 10 hours playing video
- 40 hours playing music
- 300 hours standby
Other key features include:
- 3.5 inch multitouch screen with a 960 x 640 pix resolution.
- 720p High Definition video.
- Retina Display with 326 pixel per inch resolution, higher definition than a magazine and four times as many pixels as the current iPhone 3GS’ display.
- The display also has an oleophobic layer making it easier to clean.
- ISP-based technology – used in the iPad – with 800: 1 contrast ratio.
- Wider viewing angle.
- Front and rear built-in camera.
- 5 Megapixel rear-facing (main) camera with a larger sensor.
- Higher ISO for better lowlight shots.
- LED-based flash, which works both for photographs and video.
- New 3- axis gyroscope coupled with the accelerometer provides 6-axis motion sensing.
- Additional microphone used for noise cancellation.
- i OS 4 operating system with multi-tasking.
Perhaps the biggest new feature of the iPhone 4F is video calling. Thanks to the front facing camera – and Apples FaceTime or 3rd party software – your video calling recipients will now not only be able to see you, but will also have to option to see the rear camera view so you can share what you’re seeing at the time. The video calling feature currently only works over a Wi-fi network, however Apply says it will be 3G compatible soon by next year.
The phones’ new ability to multitask should also prove very useful. Finally users should be able to check emails while still listening to Pandora, or keep playing that fav’ video on YouTube whilst quickly adding a note to your calendar.
The Phone 4 is will be available in black or white, from June 24, and will cost $199 and $299 for 16 and 32GB if you are a new user or you are eligible for an upgrade.