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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. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      Bobright- the data plans are the same ones released for awhile now - 200mb for $15 and 2GB for $25. If you have the unlimited plan you can keep it
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Busy day on MMI, Good Job Guys Congratulations.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      hahaha A+ upgrade my ***.

      most anticipated phone of the year, yet no big surprise?! Front facing camera and a A4 chip.
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      Bobright- the data plans are the same ones released for awhile now - 200mb for $15 and 2GB for $25. If you have the unlimited plan you can keep it
      Okay im paying I beleive 25 bucks for unlimited on my 3GS, if I upgrade ill be paying the same?? or will i be paying 25 for 2gb of data?

      Im really confused
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by nautical79 View Post
      Busy day on MMI, Good Job Guys Congratulations.
      no doubt. gotta show luv to the mmi for being on point.
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Quote Originally Posted by neonsector View Post
      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
      I've never had an issue with at&t, full bars everywhere i go , 3g everywhere i go
    1. bladesofkaos's Avatar
      bladesofkaos -
      I have 2 questions for us Tmobile users. First, does Tmobile support microsims? And second, how much will the phone cost without a contract?

      Thanks guys.
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      ^ I'd like to know this as well. I'm on tmobile. Can we preorder the phone at full price without AT&T directly from apple? Or is the pre order only thru AT&T ?
    1. iRoach74's Avatar
      iRoach74 -
      what exactly is the preordering that starts on the 15th? im planning on getting mine the day it comes out this year, for the first time, so how exactly does all of that work?
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by bladesofkaos View Post
      I have 2 questions for us Tmobile users. First, does Tmobile support microsims? And second, how much will the phone cost without a contract?

      Thanks guys.
      As far as I know T-Mobile does not yet support them but you can call and find out. If they don't you will have to mod your current T-Mobile sim card in order to get it to fit.

      Probably around $499 for 16GB and $699 for 32GB outside of AT&T and Apple (not sure if they will sell them unsubsidized).
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Getting it day 1 like most members. I've always been a fan of white for the 3G and 3GS but I don't know about the all white iPhone 4

      I'm also disappointed no 64gb phone
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      On pre-ordering: you place and pay for your phone online and are given two options -
      1. Shipped to you - you'll receive it by mail on the 24th. You activate through iTunes.
      2. In-store pickup - pick your nearest Apple Store and pick it up there, they'll have one reserved for you. I believe they activate it right there and then as well (may be wrong).

      On T-Mobile & MicroSIMs: a micro-sim is literally nothing more than a regular sim card with all the excess plastic removed. You can cut a sim card to micro sim size and it'll work just as well. So at worst you'll have to do some cutting.
    1. jimmsch's Avatar
      jimmsch -
      I take it these prices are only good if you sign a multi thousand dollar contract with AT&T?
    1. ! .ĐΛЄMØИ. !'s Avatar
      ! .ĐΛЄMØИ. ! -
      Looks good for an upgrade but I have to admit Apple is making to many different versions of the iPhone why can't they just make one and be done with it.
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      On pre-ordering: you place and pay for your phone online and are given two options -
      1. Shipped to you - you'll receive it by mail on the 24th. You activate through iTunes.
      2. In-store pickup - pick your nearest Apple Store and pick it up there, they'll have one reserved for you. I believe they activate it right there and then as well (may be wrong).

      On T-Mobile & MicroSIMs: a micro-sim is literally nothing more than a regular sim card with all the excess plastic removed. You can cut a sim card to micro sim size and it'll work just as well. So at worst you'll have to do some cutting.
      can you also pre-order through att or is it only through apple? and does anyone know if i pre-order 2 iphone 4's if i can have each shipped to a different address? (fiance lives in wisconsin at the moment and i live in virginia)
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      F**kin' up Apple... Thank you lord for the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S!
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      I decided preorder 32gb on 15 efin a
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Jab, I believe that pre-ordering is only for Aplle Stores, not AT&T. As for different addresses, you should be able to do it as two different orders. Place 1 at a time.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Pretty sure the 64 will come later. More than likely when they're rid of enough 3Gs inventory.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      the lack of a 64 GB option is my only complaint. I will be first in line for one