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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. javilo's Avatar
      javilo -
      I have already asked to be off the morning of the 24th. Its Upgrade time, :-)
    1. KiZZ's Avatar
      KiZZ -
      AWESOME!!! Can't wait to pre-order!!!
    1. djaquapimp's Avatar
      djaquapimp -
      No 64GB? No thanks! I'll hold on to my 32GB 3GS till next year when they release the 64 GB one with 512 MB ram

      We should have known that they would leave out features of this model for next years model, Which will be everything this one should have been.
    1. LuisAKANewt's Avatar
      LuisAKANewt -
      have you check out the apple website the iphone looks so sexy!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      T-17 Days.

      Can't wait. I gotta say I'm a little dissapointed on the storage (should have been 32-64).

      RAM wise, I'm not sure why people need more than 256. You can run 10+ apps at the same time with that, and that's a great way to kill your battery. iPhone OS is designed to be a low-RAM hogging OS (SBSettings FTW).

      I will definitely get it and switch from T-mo to AT&T. The new screen is just amazing. HD video, flexible screen, stronger materials. This thing is almost everything I wanted on a phone. Gotta say this is a much better day than the iPad release date.
    1. sgwkiip's Avatar
      sgwkiip -
      do you think at&t stores will have them and not just apple stores?
    1. nickkrd's Avatar
      nickkrd -
      Can any one Help me ? If I got my iPhone three g about 9months ago can I upgrade without credit without terminating my contract so o can keep unlimited 3 g thanks all. From my iPhone at school-
    1. Backslash786's Avatar
      Backslash786 -
      Is there going to be a White one? When will it get released in uk? Thanks
    1. iNeo's Avatar
      iNeo -
      How much do you guys think this will be on pay as you go?
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Microsim? Does this mean even if it's unlocked we can't use it with US Tmobile?
      Does US Tmobile even have microsims?
    1. MJedi's Avatar
      MJedi -
      The iPhone 4 uses a Micro SIM. Does that force existing iPhone users to switch to a new plan with AT&T & forfeiting their unlimited plans?
    1. Backslash786's Avatar
      Backslash786 -
      Is their going to be a White one
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      I'll have to wait to its released to best buy, I have an account with them; and I'll be available for upgrade....WOOT!! The only thing is, I just now got my 3GS jailbroken again and have all my cool apps back on it, mainly, mywi....I sure hope that I can jailbreak right away...
    1. sgwkiip's Avatar
      sgwkiip -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickkrd View Post
      Can any one Help me ? If I got my iPhone three g about 9months ago can I upgrade without credit without terminating my contract so o can keep unlimited 3 g thanks all. From my iPhone at school-
      yes
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      The black one looks soo sexy, going from a white 3GS to a black iPhone 4. The 256 ram is kinda holding me back from getting an Evo 4G

      Still has upto 300 hours battery, same as the 3GS. Hmmm
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Guys it's physically impossible for an iPhone to have 64gb. We've known this all year. Why are people surprise?

      (before you throw iPod touch as counter argument: that one has 2 32gig drives in it and no phone components at all)
    1. hydroabiscuit's Avatar
      hydroabiscuit -
      Quote Originally Posted by reznor9 View Post
      Microsim? Does this mean even if it's unlocked we can't use it with US Tmobile?
      Does US Tmobile even have microsims?
      Rez, Refer to the following gizmodo article for your microsim troubles Cut My SIM: The $30 SIM-To-MicroSIM-To-SIM Converter

      also, if the 3g specs for the iphone4 are UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz).....does this mean I can finally run t-mobile's 3g network?
    1. tgabriel123's Avatar
      tgabriel123 -
      how hard is this thing going to be able to obtain when it is releases? is my only hope of getting this (without getting up at 1 in the morning) to pre-order it?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quad band should allow for 3G in T-Mobile, yes.

      As for the Micro-Sim, IT WILL NOT CHANGE YOUR CONTRACT. it'll be the same as if you'd lost your phone/sim, they deactivate the current one and you get a new one. A micro one in this case. It is completely separate of the upgrade process so no you won't have to change your plan to get one.
    1. MJedi's Avatar
      MJedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by hydroabiscuit View Post
      also, if the 3g specs for the iphone4 are UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz).....does this mean I can finally run t-mobile's 3g network?
      Ooh... good catch. It might! Guess we'll have to wait until June 24.