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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. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      LMAO @ recording 720 at 30fps....Thats just barely over WVGA (and they call it HD). Dont get me wrong the guality is better than that of the 3GS. But its definitely not something worth jumping fences over. Besides the new design of the iphone itself, i have yet to find anything special about it. Sweet looking iphone, but im seeing way to many under looked flaws in the design.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      LMAO @ 720 at 30fps....Thats just barely over WVGA (and they call it HD). Dont get me wrong the guality is better than that of the 3GS. But its definitely not something worth jumping fences over. Besides the new design of the iphone itself, i have yet to find anything special about it. And this GLASS front and back that they "claim" is stringer than the 3GS. What did they do, make it out of bullet proof glass, LMAO (i doubt that)......Sweet looking iphone, but im seeing way to many under looked flaws in the design.
      Maybe not bulletproof, but its the same type glass used in the windshields of helicopters. Also they demo it's strength in the keynote, by bending and bending and bending it...and it does not break.

      720p @ 30fps is by definition HD btw
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by babyblue_pimp View Post
      can't wait for quadband 3g...

      finally 3g t-mobile here in the states
      Wait a minute, so the new iPhone will support T-Mobiles AWS/2100 bands?

      Just read the specs and it will not work with T-Mobile 3G.
      UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

      Looks like I'll keep the Nexus One, I'm liking the Nexus anyway but I would have bought it if it did support T-Mobile 3G.
    1. TRiPLEX's Avatar
      TRiPLEX -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Maybe not bulletproof, but its the same type glass used in the windshields of helicopters. Also they demo it's strength in the keynote, by bending and bending and bending it...and it does not break.

      720p @ 30fps is by definition HD btw
      You know, keynote videos, which have the sole purpose of promoting the product, are hardly reliable..For all we know, they probably just showed the snipped, just before it snapped.

      Personally, I think it will be a lot more resistant to a fall that the 3GS, BUT that shouldsn't create the impression that it is totally indestructable.

      On a side note, it's interesting to see how very few of you have picked up on the accuracy of all those leaks. I for one am VERY surprised.
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      I don't know if this has already been mentioned as I haven't read all this thread, but the Apple website is updated and they have a cool video online now demoing all the 4G features and showing how its made.

      Disappointing there is no 64gb version. I bet they do what they did with the original iPhone. They released 4gb and 8gb... then about 6 months later a 16gb. All the techy geeks like me upgraded to the higher one and sold / gave away their 8gb one!
      I bet they release a 64gb version after a few months hoping that we'll upgrade again!!
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      Wait a minute, so the new iPhone will support T-Mobiles AWS/2100 bands?

      Just read the specs and it will not work with T-Mobile 3G.
      UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

      Looks like I'll keep the Nexus One, I'm liking the Nexus anyway but I would have bought it if it did support T-Mobile 3G.
      No.
      iPhone 4: quadband 3G but still no T-Mobile USA love - SlashGear
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I want a iPhone 4 in Black ... I dont like the white one.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Guys there isn't a 64gb drive that can fit on the iPhone. At all.

      At best I believe one was announced for next year or something but as it stands FORGET ABOUT 64GB.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by Windmeel View Post
      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!!!!!!!!!
      Whats the point when you have no front facing cam? Can't see each other. + You can just use ustream and it works over 3G...
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      LMAO at everyone that believed the rumors that verizon would be getting an iphone this year...so sorry. haha
    1. sgwkiip's Avatar
      sgwkiip -
      anyone think it will be avaiable at at&t stores?? not just apple stores?
    1. dr0herb's Avatar
      dr0herb -
      double post cause the mmi site is hammered
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      They could of bump the ram to 512MB then I'll be fully happy..still getting the white one
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by sgwkiip View Post
      anyone think it will be avaiable at at&t stores?? not just apple stores?
      Of course it will. AT&T employees can't take vacations this month just for the iPhone 4 release.

      EDIT: Maybe it is just me but compared to the white 3Gs, the white iPhone 4 looks horrendous. If I upgrade to iPhone 4, it is black for me.

      EDIT 2: I did some digging and it appears that 720p recording can on average get you 15 minutes of recording time per 1 GB of space. So we will see what you can actually get out of this video camera as it pertains to storage space.
    1. dr0herb's Avatar
      dr0herb -
      im just hoping they dont coat the glass in plastic like the 3gs.

      The 3gs screen is so scratchable the scrubby side of a sponge will tear it up with almost no pressure.

      The only thing i want from apple is a phone that wont scratch and wont get dust under the screen. Oh and dont forget hot pixels. Thats really not too much to ask.
    1. neonsector's Avatar
      neonsector -
      Quote Originally Posted by JerseyScottie View Post
      LMAO at everyone that believed the rumors that verizon would be getting an iphone this year...so sorry. haha
      yeah lawl all the way,
      I am glad I left the shittiest network finally.
      Not only it will be on the worse company, the 4th gen iphone is a joke too.
      I am happy with my new evo.
      3.5" screen lawlness... get with the times steve-o
    1. Skrilax_CZ's Avatar
      Skrilax_CZ -
      Kinda cheap compared to latest Android phones ... hope it will take theirs price down too.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by nycdiplomat View Post
      nice, all it needs it flash.
      It has a flash.
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Hi guys - how much will the data plan/rates be for this new iPhone 4 as opposed to the 3GS?? Will I be paying much more?



      thanks
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moosestache View Post
      It has a flash.
      A flash and ads. Now Apple just needs to combine the two ..

      EDIT: @ above post,

      Current AT&T subscribers can upgrade and do one of the following...

      1. Keep unlimited at $30/mo
      2. Get $25/mo for 2GB cap
      3. Get $15/mo for 200MB cap

      - Prices don't include taxes or voice plan/text plan rates