Meet The iPhone 4

Meet The iPhone 4

Earlier today at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs officially announced all the details of the (often-leaked) new iPhone 4. Though much of the specifications of the phone had been prematurely reported by tech site Gizmodo, Apple still had a few tricks up their sleeves. There were even some additional iPhone OS 4 (now dubbed iOS 4…hmmm Apple really likes using Cisco patented terms for this device!) features that were not previously announced in April’s press conference. Best of all. the iOS 4 update will be free for all iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 2G and 3G owners. A sleek new look, crystal clear HD screen, HD video recording and video chat over wi-fi (known as FaceTime) are just some of the many new drool-worthy features. The iPhone 4 looks to be an impressive piece of hardware and coupled with the new iOS 4, it will be a strong competitor in the “super” smartphone market despite some new heavy hitters in the Android space.

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.

iPhone 4 will be available in the US on June 24th and you’ll be able to pre-order it starting June 15th. The device will come in either black or white and in 16GB or 32GB capacities. The U.S. pricing (including a huge price drop on the current gen 3GS) is as follows:

Device New and “Upgrade Eligible” Customers (contract expires in 2010) Early Upgrade No Commitment
iPhone 3GS (8GB) $99 $299 $499
iPhone 4 (16GB) $199 $399 $599
iPhone 4 (32GB) $299 $499 $699

 
 

Its all in the details…

The thinnest smartphone on the market

Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
Weight: 4.8 ounces (137 grams)

QUAD-Band Cellular

Stainless steel banding forms structure as well as an integrated antenna.
MTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology

Improved Screen Resolution
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch Retina display
  • 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back
Camera/Video
  • Front and Rear Cameras
  • Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • 5-megapixel still camera
  • VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Backside illuminated sensor
  • LED flash
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • On-device video editing w/ $5 iMovie App.
  • Video chat over wi-fi via built-in FaceTime app.
Improved Gaming

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.

Improved battery life (40% more talk time)

Talk time:
Up to 7 hours on 3G
Up to 14 hours on 2G
Standby time: Up to 300 hours
Internet use:
Up to 6 hours on 3G
Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

iOS 4 Hi-lights / New Apps
  • iMovie ($4.99)
  • Multitasking
  • Folders
  • Game Center
  • Threaded Mail
  • Unified Inbox
  • Multiple Exchange Servers
  • iAds
Accessories

Along with a dock similar to that of the iPad, a “bumper-style” case will be available directly from apple in a variety of colors for $29.95.

The full technical specs can be found at www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

Screenshots

Videos

iPhone 4 Video
FaceTime Video
Multitasking