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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. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      SHame Shame. Dont tell me that we have to stuck in ATT and not other carriers
    1. MJedi's Avatar
      MJedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      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.
      Ah, thanks. Good to know.

      Unfortunately, I'm not eligible until March 2011 to get the $199/299 upgrade price.
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      any clues about price for people who people who just want to buy the phone for full cost e.g in case when our contracts expire in end of 2011?
      how would those people "upgrade" ?
    1. tgabriel123's Avatar
      tgabriel123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronaldinho10 View Post
      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 :/
      what could you possibly want with more than 256mb of ram at this point and time..? I mean in the future, yes we are going to want more because we are going to need more. probably even next year! but as of right now 256mb is alright (:
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hydroabiscuit View Post
      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?
      T-Mobile 3G Bands are 1700/2100. So no, we won't get 3G on T-Mobile..

      I'd switch to AT&T in a heartbeat if they didn't require a deposit. With the $500 deposit they want from me, add on the $199.99 for the phone, I'm just gonna pay full retail.
    1. tgabriel123's Avatar
      tgabriel123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djaquapimp View Post
      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.
      there isn't any room in this phone at this time for that! the only reason for the ipod 64GB is because there isn't any phone components and a smaller battery. i don't know why you stubborn people wont understand that. the technology isn't there yet..i mean if you want to keep your lame 3gs that has very little difference from a 3g. go ahead (:
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      Quote Originally Posted by tgabriel123 View Post
      what could you possibly want with more than 256mb of ram at this point and time..? I mean in the future, yes we are going to want more because we are going to need more. probably even next year! but as of right now 256mb is alright (:

      Even with apple's implementation of multitasking, ram is crucial thing to have. 256MB might fall short and then next yr we will have Iphone 4[S} !! with 512 MB ram.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      now AT&T's bull crap site is down.
    1. sgwkiip's Avatar
      sgwkiip -
      do you think it will be avaiable at at&t stores other than apple on the 24th?
    1. VaderForce's Avatar
      VaderForce -
      Will have to wait for July for us Aussies!.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      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.
      Sorry for T-mobile users, but the above comment is inaccurate. 3G will still NOT be available for T-mobile. See article below.

      iPhone 4: quadband 3G but still no T-Mobile USA love - SlashGear
    1. MJedi's Avatar
      MJedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by shadow25 View Post
      T-Mobile 3G Bands are 1700/2100. So no, we won't get 3G on T-Mobile..
      Ah, crap. You're right. Was too excited to notice the 1700.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I'd edit it but I'm on my phone so I can't :P

      SOMEONE OUTMOD ME AND MAKE THE CHANGE OR ELSE
    1. Backslash786's Avatar
      Backslash786 -
      wonder what itl cost on pay and go i n uk and what networks itl come to..
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Backslash786 View Post
      wonder what itl cost on pay and go i n uk and what networks itl come to..
      Probably whatever Networks its on at the moment and it'll probably cost whatever the 3Gs costs, the 3Gs will get a price-cut
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      I'm interested in the no-contract price. Hopefully its 3G[S] Pricing.
    1. PouncingLion's Avatar
      PouncingLion -
      sooooooo is it better than the HTC EVO
    1. dr0herb's Avatar
      dr0herb -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronaldinho10 View Post
      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 :/
      They shouldnt have even released the technical specs for it, because people that dont what they are talking about will bash it.

      Same thing with the 1ghz cpu in the iPad.

      Its not the size of the boat that matters its the motion of the ocean.
      (i think thats how the saying goes)

      It all boils down to how you use it.
    1. Backslash786's Avatar
      Backslash786 -
      Okay and does it have removable battery?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Backslash786 View Post
      Okay and does it have removable battery?
      Nope.

      I don't think any of Apple's products have removable batteries anymore, except mice/keyboards.