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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-µm 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. Tenspeed123's Avatar
      Tenspeed123 -
      Metatrox is right, there was no 64Gb announced as far as I could see..
    1. elbodude's Avatar
      elbodude -
      Sorry Steve. I'll stick with my new EVO 4G.
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by timwinslade View Post
      iOS4 GM available to devs today!! Does that mean some of us might be able to get our hands on it early???

      As it is a GM would we still need our iPhone registered to a devs account?

      Thoughts please!
      Yes & Yes
    1. TypeRBass's Avatar
      TypeRBass -
      I'll probably just grab the 16 gig...I have no need for a 32, music wise that is, when I already have a 160gig ipod although it is only $100 more...oh the choices..
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      can't wait for quadband 3g...

      finally 3g t-mobile here in the states
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      just hope that once 4.0 is jailbroked, we 3g and 3gs owners could use the video chat feature...
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      how did you type it up all so quickly? i tried here : iPhone 4 announced but you were much quicker and more detailed. thats why you are staff writer

      oh, and i am so getting it
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      32GB isn't that much considering the 720p HD video recording capability.

      I am guessing it will be about 1GB per minute of HD recording. Add all the apps and music onto that 32GB and you greatly reduce how much you can actually record in 720p. I am surprised they didn't come out with a 64GB version.
      1GB per minute? are you taking the piss? You'd get about 40mins of 720p video for 1GB
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      32GB isn't that much considering the 720p HD video recording capability.

      I am guessing it will be about 1GB per minute of HD recording. Add all the apps and music onto that 32GB and you greatly reduce how much you can actually record in 720p. I am surprised they didn't come out with a 64GB version.
      I have to agree with the lack of a 64GB version. I honestly thought we'd see a 32 and 64 with a $50 price increase on both. Very disappointing. I was impressed with the various live blogs though. Even with all the issues they had, it seemed like it was a good show. I wish the FaceTime video conferencing would at least work on the 3GS though. My brother is in the military and this would be really cool. We have to use Knocking live video which of course has no audio. At first I got excited that Knocking would be able to make this happen, but of course I doubt Apple would allow that. GO JAILBREAK!!!!!!!!!
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Basically all it is is a front camera, a better back cam with a flash and good screen. And no Sprint w/4G? I guess my Evo is my new love.
    1. nhstunner's Avatar
      nhstunner -
      Weak. No 64GB. The ONE thing I wanted most.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Deadfolx View Post
      ....

      glad im not the only one that noticed the 64gb typo.
      god i cant wait until the 15th!
      Yeah but that doesn't justify your response.
    1. decke's Avatar
      decke -
      256mb ram? are you ****** kidding me? that's just disappointing I was also hoping gizmodo was wrong but nope, right on..mannnnn I expected muuuch more. Oh, well, it's Apple we are talking about :/
    1. Vish's Avatar
      Vish -
      lol a all the people who put first.
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      ^^ most of them got their posts deleted
    1. DoubleD's Avatar
      DoubleD -
      anyone having trouble logging into their ATT wireless account to see if there upgrade date got moved up? I get some backend server error
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      ^How many thousand people are doing the same thing
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      So does this mean no factory unlocked ones on ebay till July since most of them come from Italy and Australia?
    1. Jmataska's Avatar
      Jmataska -
      Preorder next week?? effin right!!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      iOS 4 will not be available for 1st Gen iPhones. Guess support is over for the original.

      Apple - iPhone - New features in the iOS 4 Software Update.