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    [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. NoHo's Avatar
      NoHo -
      So I plan on getting this new iPhone 4, but what do I do with my current iPhone 3GS that I got in December? Is it illegal to sell it on craigslist or ebay? And if not, can I use my same number on the new iPhone or does my number go with whoever I sell it to?
    1. iownstan's Avatar
      iownstan -
      i still might get the iphone 4 with the 200MB data plan. i'm currently on a family plan. could i still sign a two year contract with the iphone 4? also, would it be smart to wait till it is released for a few months then buy it to assure that any major bugs/errors will be fixed?
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Hell i think video chat in itself is pretty useless......Well unless ur having some good phone XXX...W00H00000!!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      Hell i think video chat in itself is pretty useless......Well unless ur having some good phone XXX...W00H00000!!!!
      And even then you would most likely been on your home wifi. Or the hotels have free wifi too for when on the road and need some relations. Plus who wants that kinda stuff on a spoty connection instead of a stable connection of normal ISPs. For sure a downer if it drops at the wrong time.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      So I fell for peer pressure and sold my iPhone 3gs today... this looks beast, does anyone know when preordering will be open? Like I know its on June 15, but what time? 12:00 am? 6:00am? Someone know this info?
    1. flounderasu's Avatar
      flounderasu -
      Quote Originally Posted by babyblue_pimp View Post
      can't wait for quadband 3g...

      finally 3g t-mobile here in the states
      I think T-Mo's 3G band is still left out actually.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      So I fell for peer pressure and sold my iPhone 3gs today... this looks beast, does anyone know when preordering will be open? Like I know its on June 15, but what time? 12:00 am? 6:00am? Someone know this info?
      If someone was wondering, I called the Apple "specialists" and they said it is available to preorder 7 am online and 9 am in stores
    1. 19Dan89's Avatar
      19Dan89 -
      As the iPhone 4 will require a micro sim, i have sold my 3GS but still have a normal sim card, what should i do?
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      if the iphone 4.0 os is already JB...and if we have the availability to use "3G Unrestrictor" app, wouldnt we be able to fool the actual service into thinking we have WiFi? (i still have the unlimited data so im not concerned using any...)...Just a thought
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      if the iphone 4.0 os is already JB...and if we have the availability to use "3G Unrestrictor" app, wouldnt we be able to fool the actual service into thinking we have WiFi? (i still have the unlimited data so im not concerned using any...)...Just a thought
      Ya I think that will work, thats what I do when I had to download a large app on the go. It should work

      Quote Originally Posted by 19Dan89 View Post
      As the iPhone 4 will require a micro sim, i have sold my 3GS but still have a normal sim card, what should i do?
      When I called At&t about the iPhone 4 the rep said that they will ship the iPhone with a microsim already in it with all the needed info... so I guess use your sim right now on any old phone then when you activate your iPhone 4 your regular sim becomes deactivated and your micro sim goes into effect.
    1. 19Dan89's Avatar
      19Dan89 -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      Ya I think that will work, thats what I do when I had to download a large app on the go. It should work



      When I called At&t about the iPhone 4 the rep said that they will ship the iPhone with a microsim already in it with all the needed info... so I guess use your sim right now on any old phone then when you activate your iPhone 4 your regular sim becomes deactivated and your micro sim goes into effect.
      Ok great thanks
    1. headcheese's Avatar
      headcheese -
      2 weeks wooooooowooooooooooooooooooooo!
    1. mobay's Avatar
      mobay -
      iwas watching intently on the liveblogs
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by 19Dan89 View Post
      As the iPhone 4 will require a micro sim, i have sold my 3GS but still have a normal sim card, what should i do?
      Take your old SIM card, cut out a slot for your new MicroSIM, so you can use it on other devices that are not MicroSIM.
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post
      new phone uses a micro-SIM card - just like the iPad - which is inserted through a slot on the side.

      Does this mean no more unlocking unless you use a micro-Sim?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by manbearpig View Post
      Does this mean no more unlocking unless you use a micro-Sim?
      it means you take a regular sim and cut it down and make it a micro sim thus unlocking still lives. there will be detailed steps on that once the phone comes out and the dev team gives us the tools hope this helps calm ur fear
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      it means you take a regular sim and cut it down and make it a micro sim thus unlocking still lives. there will be detailed steps on that once the phone comes out and the dev team gives us the tools hope this helps calm ur fear
      thank you soo much i was stressin bout that.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by manbearpig View Post
      thank you soo much i was stressin bout that.

      no prob glad i could help
    1. iownstan's Avatar
      iownstan -
      i decided to settle with the iphone4 despite the 200MB data. i will be entering college with wifi across campus.

      another concern i have... could i upgrade from my 2G to the iphone4? what is upgrading exactly??
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      in this case iphone 4 is a completely different phone then the 2g, and you being able to upgrade to it would depend on when you actually got your 2g and when your contract expires. but if your eligible for an upgrade then yes u can go to the iphone 4