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  • Introducing iPhone 4
    [Updated with AT&T "early upgrade" pricing.]



    Steve Jobs announced the new iPhone 4 on stage at Moscone Center today, and while there were few surprises after months of speculation, leaks, possible thefts and teardowns, there were a number of interesting details revealed at the WWDC 10 keynote speech. The phone will be available on June 24 in five countries: the US, France, Germany, the UK and Japan. Pre-orders start on Tuesday, June 15, with the 16GB iPhone going for $199 US and the 32GB for $299. Update: if you're an AT&T customer in the middle of your contract, you can get an iPhone 4 at "early upgrade" prices of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.

    The iPhone 4 is 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS: at a mere 9.3 mm thick, it is the "thinnest smartphone ever" as Jobs bragged. The front and back of the case are made of glass: a surface engineered to be "30 times harder than plastic" according to a video shown at the end of the keynote. As expected, the new iPhone is based on the A4 processor running at 1GHz. Though Jobs didn't announce details, teardowns showed that the phone has 256MB of RAM built into the system-on-a-chip. The new model - which many thought would be called the "iPhone HD" - has a sharp new 960x640 IPS LCD touchscreen - called the "Retina Display" - that delivers an industry-leading 326 pixels per inch, four times the pixel density of the 3GS. Steve Jobs claimed that the limit that the human retina can perceive is 300 pixels per inch, making the iPhone 4's display "like text in a fine printed book." With a 3.5 inch display that has 78% the number of pixels on the iPad's 9.7 inch screen, Jobs had some reason to crow that "once you use a Retina Display, you can't go back."

    The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the glass rear case with a backside illuminated sensor and an LED flash for low-light photography. The imaging hardware uses 1.75-m pixel size and 5x digital zoom with tap-to-focus controls for video and still pictures. The iPhone 4 is capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second and will allow built-in video editing with iMovie for iPhone available for $4.99. And as demoed in the "one more thing" segment at the end of the keynote, FaceTime video conferencing, from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4, will be supported, using either the 2 megapixel front-facing camera or the rear camera but using WiFi only.

    The iPhone 4 has an improved battery that Jobs says will allow "7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music." With a noise-cancellation microphone at the top, the iPhone 4 has noise suppression for improved call quality. It uses the stainless-steel band around the edge as an integrated antenna and has quad-band HSDPA for 7.2Mbps downloads and HSDPA for 5.8 Mbps uploads (where HSPA is supported). The new phone uses a micro-SIM card - just like the iPad - which is inserted through a slot on the side.

    One cool, and pretty much unexpected, addition is that the phone now has a true gyroscope for pitch, yaw and roll, which is tied into the accelerometer for gravity sensing (which way is up) and the GPS chip for location. Jobs demoed a 3D Jenga-like game, which moved as the phone moved. The possibilities for app development are really huge here, especially - but not only - in gaming.

    Check your upgrade credit if you're an AT&T customer as Jobs announced from the stage, AT&T will give credit to anyone whose contract will come up any time in 2010.








    This article was originally published in forum thread: Introducing iPhone 4 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 269 Comments
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Happy Noodle Boy you said for the early upgrades are going to be $299/$399 and loko says is $499 whats the real thing?
      Reading the thread before asking questions FTW

      Pre-orders start on Tuesday, June 15, with the 16GB iPhone going for $199 US and the 32GB for $299. Update: if you're an AT&T customer in the middle of your contract, you can get an iPhone 4 at "early upgrade" prices of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.
    1. iownstan's Avatar
      iownstan -
      Quote Originally Posted by hoqts View Post
      I am sure that is not enough. By the time you go on youtube or slingplayer or any online games, you can kiss 200mbs good bye. 200mbs is nothing. I can use up 200mbs on edge for the whole day by replying on facebook, playing We Rule (Online Game), Pandora and i can used up over 200mb already for doing that.
      wow thanks. that's terrible.

      so 2GB wouldn't be a significant different either... i got excited for no reason.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Ok, I have read all this thread and listened to a bunch of people bash the new phone. I almost started believing them for a second, but then I thought to myself OK what do I want in a carry around device, and what can or can't the new iphone do?

      1. I want great cell coverage. Jury is out on this one, although Apple did make a big point about the new antenna built into the case. Time will tell on this one, but they at least addressed the issue.

      2. I want to be able to take pretty good pictures with it. I don't need to photograph a wedding, but if I want to take a picture of my kids game, or the birthday party or whatever, I want a nice picture. Between the 5 mgp camera the flash and the other improvements the iphone 4 looks to fit the bill.

      3. Video camera that takes very good film. Iphone 4 with HD video has better resolution than my old video recorder, good to go.

      4. Be able to read what is on the screen. Iphone 4 has a much better screen, once again a win.

      5. Back facing camera. This always bugged me, my kids could skype and do all that crap with their notebooks, but the old iphone couldn't , new one can. Cool!

      6. Calendar, old one did fine, new one does fine.

      7. Get my emails. New one combines all my email accounts so I can find them. Cool

      8. People can hear me when I talk on the phone. Iphone 4 has better mike set up...yay

      9. Longer battery life. Iphone 4 has longer life than my old 3g...good once again.

      10. Faster processor.. New one is faster.

      11. More storage. 32 is more than my 16. I haven't maxed out my 16g yet. 32 is double that. WOW

      I guess I'm not seeing all the negatives some of you are, Apple pretty much addressed all of the pressing issues I had. I want a swiss army knife type cellphone. One that will do everything I need as well as I need it done. The 3gs didn't take pictures or video well enough to serve my needs. It was a little slow, the battery died rather quickly, the screen was a little tough to read at times, and I was approaching my memory limit. Finally, the coverage wasn't as good as it was on my old motorola razer.

      Apple addressed everyone of the items I took issue with with the old phone, except for the final one, and only time will tell on that one. All of this plus, I can sell my old 3gs on ebay for more or less the cost of a brand new 4. I guess you can call me a fanboy if you want, but boy I can't wait for that at&t package to show up at the door.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moosestache View Post
      Reading the thread before asking questions FTW

      Pre-orders start on Tuesday, June 15, with the 16GB iPhone going for $199 US and the 32GB for $299. Update: if you're an AT&T customer in the middle of your contract, you can get an iPhone 4 at "early upgrade" prices of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.
      I read that and everybody here read that, with thatone we got 3 differect vesrsions of prices, all I want to know is the source of each one, wich one is true, you are just repeating what you saw.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      I read that and everybody here read that, with thatone we got 3 differect vesrsions of prices, all I want to know is the source of each one, wich one is true, you are just repeating what you saw.
      No I am not just repeating, I simply copied the quote that came directly from Apple, but let me explain it to you.

      If your contract is up, you will pay either $199 or $299, depending upon whether you get the 16g or 32g model, color doesn't affect the price. In addition to the internet,and the keynote speech with Steve Jobs, I spoke with my at&t account rep to make sure I qualified for the upgrade. He quoted me these prices for the iphone 4's.

      If your contract isn't completely up, apple set it up so you would be able to pay a little more and still upgrade, those prices are $399 and $499.

      Finally, there will be prices if you want to buy the phone and not have a contract. Now I am not sure but I used google and found those prices in about 1000 places on the internet to be listed as $599 and $699.

      If you don't believe me you could google it yourself, or even go to apple's website and check it out.

      I hope this explains it well.
    1. ErikiPhone's Avatar
      ErikiPhone -
      What I really like about this one except, for updated technical features, is its colour range. IPhone becomes more personal- still it has its individuality secured.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Joke?
    1. iamthekiller's Avatar
      iamthekiller -
      Quote Originally Posted by ErikiPhone View Post
      What I really like about this one except, for updated technical features, is its colour range. IPhone becomes more personal- still it has its individuality secured.
      ........what?
    1. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      Quote Originally Posted by iownstan View Post
      wow thanks. that's terrible.

      so 2GB wouldn't be a significant different either... i got excited for no reason.
      I like to let you know that I cant use over 2GB of 3G service on regular basis unless I am in vacation. I used up over 2G before when I went to the cruise for a week just for surfing, checking emails and all other games that requires online. I have wifi at work and so I won't be using 3G as much unless I go on vacation or searching if needed when im outside. Don't mention GPS like TomTom or Magellan. That will eat up 2GB no time.
      You can check how much data plan you had use in a day and you can do the calculations.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      If you already have unlimited data, why are you worried?? Just keep your current plan, and all is golden.
    1. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      If you already have unlimited data, why are you worried?? Just keep your current plan, and all is golden.
      Im not worried but someone asked and Im answering it.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by hoqts View Post
      Im not worried but someone asked and Im answering it.
      I wasn't referring to you, otherwise I would have quoted you. I'm just stating in general to those people complaining about the new tiered data plans.
    1. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      I wasn't referring to you, otherwise I would have quoted you. I'm just stating in general to those people complaining about the new tiered data plans.
      Oh ok. I understand them and even I complaint about the new data plans. a complete rip/money making for ATT. Just hope that everyone can make through the 2GB data plans till ATT releases unlimited data plan for all. I will not like to see someone from modmyi went over their att bill because of data plans.
    1. iownstan's Avatar
      iownstan -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      If you already have unlimited data, why are you worried?? Just keep your current plan, and all is golden.
      i have a $10 plan for edge.

      according to this source-
      Hey AT&T, Can I Upgrade From An EDGE Data Plan And Still Get The Unlimited Option? - The Consumerist

      it applies for me as well. BUT i am pretty sure my $10 plan is not legit and authorized by AT&T... i'm not sure. what to do!? i really want the iphone4!! big upgrade from my three year old 2G.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iownstan View Post
      BUT i am pretty sure my $10 plan is not legit and authorized by AT&T...
      what make you think that?

      As far as I know 3G or edge is not the issue, the "unlimited" data plan is what grandfathers you in.
    1. iownstan's Avatar
      iownstan -
      Quote Originally Posted by hadzo View Post
      what make you think that?

      As far as I know 3G or edge is not the issue, the "unlimited" data plan is what grandfathers you in.
      not authorized by AT&T. should i go talk to my cellphone dealer? he is the one who set up the $10 deal for me. anyone know what $10 internet plan i'm talking about?
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iownstan View Post
      not authorized by AT&T. should i go talk to my cellphone dealer? he is the one who set up the $10 deal for me. anyone know what $10 internet plan i'm talking about?
      Actually, i know several people whom have the Samsung Eternity and they have the $10 unlimited web, multimedia package.....They also can NOT get an Iphone and keep their unlimted $10....So if they ever decide to get an iphone, they will have to go with the NEW plans. Because the $10 plan was never an Iphone plan. They either have to keep the Eternity or change their plan.
    1. lafastfords's Avatar
      lafastfords -
      im back on my iPhone
    1. geoffe's Avatar
      geoffe -
      Sure I am going to preorder the 4G on the 15th but for me the only downside is that I won't have the awesome G.O.C. Pro theme by ToyVan. Come on jailbreak!
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eortizr View Post
      just hope that once 4.0 is jailbroked, we 3g and 3gs owners could use the video chat feature...
      why? its basically useless on the 3g/s