Monday, June 7, 2010

iPhone 4 WWDC Keynote

The new iPhone is here, and here's the short list of what's new - with more being detailed over the next few days.

Update: check the quicktime video here.

iPhone 4

It's official, forget the iPhone HD, the new iPhone is the: iPhone 4.
The design is the one that was floating around with the leaked prototypes - not exactly the world's best kept secret :)
Super slim, super tight device, with everything highly integrated and packed into a small format.

As for those odd groves everyone was complaining about, it looks like I was right in my assumptions: it indeed is to serve as enhanced antenas.

It also has the same A4 CPU as the iPad, two microphones (noise cancellation), WiFi N, HSDPA/HSUPA, etc.

HD Retina Display

The screen indeed get a much needed upgrade. It has 4 times the resolution (960x640) uses an IPS panel, 4x better contrast 800:1.
The 326ppi density is very close to what the human eye can actually resolve, hence the Retina Display title. I'm sure we won't be able to live without it once we've seen it.


Excellent improvements, considering the enhanced CPU and screen: 7h 3G talk, 6h 3G browsing 3G, 10h WiFi, 10h video, 40h music, 300h standby.


Beside the extra frontal camera, the back camera gets a bump to 5Mp and uses a backside illuminated sensor, offering a much better light sensitivity. You also get 720p HD video recording at 30fps, and in-phone video editing with iMovie on the iPhone.

You also get videochat capabilities with Facetime.

Although it works only over WiFi for now (more to do with operators than the hardware itself) Apple wants Facetime to become a standard and gets used by other developers.


Just like what Nintendo did with their Wiimote, improving it with the Motion Plus (which is a gyroscope) Apple also pushed the envelope in motion detection forward. This gyroscope allows Apps to better track movement through space (instead of just accelerations.)


The new iPhone OS update, now called iOS4 will be available June 21st, for free for all!
Multitasking, folders, selectable search engine (Yahoo, Google, Bing), and lots lots more.

Launch date

The iPhone 4 will be available June 24th in 5 countries: USA, France, Germany, UK, Japan.
In July it will be available for some more, and in September to 88 more.
Unfortunately for me, the new iPhone 4 is only coming to Portugal in September... still a long way off. :(

The price seems to be the same as before, $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version (with 2year contracts.)

In Europe I expect we'll get the same 599€ and 699€ prices as before.

[Photos via GDGT e Engadget, data via Apple iPhone 4 PR]

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