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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. adrianf14's Avatar
      adrianf14 -
      design looks way better
    1. brant8624's Avatar
      brant8624 -
      Does anyone what the prices is gone to be jus buying the iPhone 4 without starting a new contract. An If I would still have the option to preorder it jus like people signing a new contract
    1. Bleeditout2130's Avatar
      Bleeditout2130 -
      I can't understand most of the ******** and complaining.

      If you play your cards right you essentially get a "free" upgrade every year. Hell, some years you'll come out with extra money in your pocket.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      $699 for 32GB without 2 year contract......$599 for 32GB with early contract extension...per ATT

      And IMO, this phone isnt worth any of those prices. So IF u are up in contract early 2011 (before June). I'd stay with 3GS and then get the newest iphone in June 2011. Because we can pretty much guarantee it will be alot better than this POS iphone 4 that they are offering us now.
      Whats the source of your information about the prices?
    1. KS90's Avatar
      KS90 -
      So what's the estimated time to see the iPhone 4 on ebay available for international orders?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I can't believe the retina display. Some of the mega close shots next to a 3GS screen are outright disgusting in how OLD and crappy it makes the 3GS screen look. You simply cannot see any pixels at all. It's absolutely beautiful.

      Not to mention the new way they're producing their screen is different now so it's fused so NO NORE DUST UNDER THE SCREEN EVER.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      Who called it an HD phone? Apple didn't. Jobs didn't. The community did.

      Yeah, I'm pissed they didn't offer 1080p video recording too.

      How are people playing right into their hands? By liking a phone that has significant upgrades? Those idiots!

      Get a clue.
      Maybe you should get a clue that what he said is what it is… Don’t get me wrong I love my iPhone but Apple is showing off “OLD” technology and passing it to us as “NEW” and we eat it.

      5Mpixel camera with “FLASH” – OMG WTF is there to brag about, WalMart prepaid phones had that years ago…

      Now you get a clue… we are Apple slaves, face it :/

      Oh and for the “who said its HD” follow the link, straight from Apple site:

      Apple - iPhone 4 - Record and edit video in high definition
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      It's not just a 5MP with flash. They actually bothered with the internals and sensors in order to get good pictures. Especially at low light / night.

      Apple has never claimed to do things first. But what it does it does well. Very well. Look at the screen, it's absolutely the best screen on the market, nothing compares to it and everyone who's seen/used it has said the same.
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      sadly it won't be available until july 16th here in spain.. good thing is that it will be available to all companies so hopefully there will be good offers.. and also i would avoid all the bugs with the jailbreak

      in any case i love the new phone, it finally looks like an apple product
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Here's the best comparisson shot i've found between screens if you haven't seen them side by side. Load the hi res.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by hadzo View Post
      Maybe you should get a clue that what he said is what it is… Don’t get me wrong I love my iPhone but Apple is showing off “OLD” technology and passing it to us as “NEW” and we eat it.

      5Mpixel camera with “FLASH” – OMG WTF is there to brag about, WalMart prepaid phones had that years ago…

      Now you get a clue… we are Apple slaves, face it :/

      Oh and for the “who said its HD” follow the link, straight from Apple site:

      Apple - iPhone 4 - Record and edit video in high definition

      Okay, so they can record in HD, that makes them HD phones?


      Now, we really need to verse you the MP thing? 5 MP with the right components is more than any average person would need.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Woops didn't add a link to my previous post LOL

      Side-By-Side: Just how much better does the iPhone 4’s display look?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I can't believe the retina display. Some of the mega close shots next to a 3GS screen are outright disgusting in how OLD and crappy it makes the 3GS screen look. You simply cannot see any pixels at all. It's absolutely beautiful.

      Not to mention the new way they're producing their screen is different now so it's fused so NO NORE DUST UNDER THE SCREEN EVER.
      Yeah, the photos of the screen are incredible. I was seriously amazed at quality of it. Throw that in with a larger battery and that's almost enough of a reason to upgrade.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      They video of it being bent and not breaking is ridiculous. They went all out with the quality of the phone itself. And I'm still amazed at how the "seams" everyone complained about turn out to be antennas to increase reception of just about all wireless/3G/Bluetooth/etc. Absolute genius design right there.

      I'm as excited about this as the World Cup.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      I’m just saying that all of these “new” features, at least most of the new features should/could have been there when 3G came out.
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      i have to agree. i really like Apple products but the feel short this release. all this stuff should have come out on the 3Gs. Im still on the fence about iPhone 4 vs HTC EVO.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      You two should really read this book:

      The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      ^ as much as I hate saying this but I think HTC is better :-(


      Ahh! but still ... I'm getting the damm thing lol ... I admit, I am hooked on Apple :-D
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Don't get me wrong, the EVO is a sexy phone all right and up there with the iPhone 4. The screen is HUGE. Like someone said, this while game of one upping each other between Apple and HTC/Android can only lead to good things for the consumer aka us.

      Choice is good. That said, the screen alone sold me on which phone I'm getting (el cuatro)
    1. tpdtopcop's Avatar
      tpdtopcop -
      How much faster is this phone compared to the 3gs? Jobs did not mention the speed of the 4g. I have a 3gs that is only 6 months old but if the speed is not greatly increased I will just keep the 3gs and upgrade the OS.