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  • Introducing iPhone 4
    [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. inco9nito99's Avatar
      inco9nito99 -
      Does it state anything about speaker volumes being increased?
    1. ianblondeau's Avatar
      ianblondeau -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bleeditout2130 View Post
      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.
      Agreed, I've made money every year by getting a new phone. I don't care that I have a contract. I'll always have cell service so who cares if I'm under contract. I have 4 friends with Iphones on my family plan so it's cheap anyways. If you don't like it, don't buy it. If you hate Iphones, why are you on our site? I LOVE the new phone and WILL have one on release day.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Can someone please tell me if it is possible to preorder a 32gb iPhone 4 for the early upgrade fee of 499 on june 15 or is that just for regular upgrades?

      And also did they reveal a 8gb 3gs? its on the pic.... also what about a white iPhone 4 is that available on june 24 or no?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Yes the "early" upgraders for 299/399 will be able to place a pre-order on the 15th and both colors will be available
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Whats the source of your information about the prices?
      Excuse me i mis typed that.....It is $499 for the 32GB with early contract extension.

      This is why i said IF ur full contract is up in early 2011. I'd hold off and wait until then. Because it will be well worth the wait over the iphone 4G they are offering now. Plus u can get it cheaper because ur full contract will be up by the time of release. No point in paying extra money for a phone now and a better phone next year. When u could just hold off and buy the better one next year at a cheaper price. (IMO)

      When they start supporting 960P and/or even 60FPS. The iphone 4 they are offering now is gonna be crap compared to it.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Ya mine ends june 19 2011... probably right before iPhone 5 or iPhone 4.5 lol... might as well wait it off.
    1. MJedi's Avatar
      MJedi -
      After thinking about it, and seeing that I won't be eligible for a full upgrade price until March 2011, I'll wait for the next inevitable iPhone in June 2011. It will be better, faster and maybe 64GB finally.

      Everyone else, enjoy your new iPhone 4.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Ok, so this has probably already been answered but I haven't had the time to read through the 14 pages of posts on here. I apologize in advance!

      I've checked numerous resources and keep getting mixed answers. I am a current AT&T customer who started with them on the original iPhone 2G day. My contract (for the 3GS) was up this year so I can pick up the iPhone 4 at the discounted rate. If/When I do, what happens with my contract? Can I keep my current unlimited data plan? What other options do I have? How about pricing?

    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      ^ yes you will keep your unlimited plan. Basically, you go to the Apple store and "upgrade" to iPhone 4. Everything will remain the same.
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      I think I'll just stick with my Nokia 3210 for the moment, and in 2020 I'll get the iPhone 20G as it'll be soooooooo much better than this one

      Fair enough some of you are happy enough to stick with your old model for a year or two and wait for something better. Lifes too short! I'd rather grab the 4G, use it for a YEAR (its not like we're talking about 2 months until they release a newer one) and then buy a 4GS or 5G (or whatever they call it) when it comes out!

      Maybe your 3GS will be good enough - but don't moan about how the 4G isn't enough of an update just because you're stuck in a contract for another year. As per the WWDC release yesterday - this is the biggest improvement they've made since the iPhone 2G... so Apple obviously feel its a big upgrade. There are some great new features, and the screen looks amazing.

      I've put my name down for updates on the O2 website and will be waiting patiently for the pre-order date.
      White or Black??? I'm not sure! The white 3GS got filthy, but the dirt ingrained into the plastic back. With a glass back, this one shouldn't suffer the same problem.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Dear Apple,

      I'm not paying $600 for a 5mp camera. I did that in 2002. No storage increase, no sale. My 32gb 3gs will do just fine with no regrets.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Ok a one question before I make up my mind. Will I get to keep my iPhone 3gs's unlimited data plan if I get the early upgrade?
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      i believe so. you will be "Grandfathered in"
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Random question... Will the iPhone 4 be compatible with the T-Mobile 3G network or will it still use the Edge when unlocked?

      Nevermind. Found the answer... UMTS (iv) is not supported. :-(
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      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.
      hmmm...i just checked att's website and they now have email notifications for the iphone 4 so maybe they'll have pre-ordering as well. as for ordering 1 at a time, GOOD CALL, THANKS!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Dear Apple,

      I'm not paying $600 for a 5mp camera. I did that in 2002. No storage increase, no sale. My 32gb 3gs will do just fine with no regrets.
      Sell the 3GS for $400-500, only really pay for the difference!
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Happy Noodle Boy you said for the early upgrades are going to be $299/$399 and loko says is $499 whats the real thing?
    1. lj22s's Avatar
      lj22s -
      Will the iPhone 4 be available for pre order without AT&T contract?
    1. iownstan's Avatar
      iownstan -
      how well do you think the $15/month 200MB data plan is going to work? how much internet usage do you think i can get out of that? i currently still have a $10 edge plan with my first gen iphone. i am really considering on signing a two year contract with the iphone 4, upon knowing if 200MBs will be sufficient every month. what do you guys think?
    1. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      Quote Originally Posted by iownstan View Post
      how well do you think the $15/month 200MB data plan is going to work? how much internet usage do you think i can get out of that? i currently still have a $10 edge plan with my first gen iphone. i am really considering on signing a two year contract with the iphone 4, upon knowing if 200MBs will be sufficient every month. what do you guys think?
      I am sure that is not enough. By the time you go on youtube or slingplayer or any online games, you can kiss 200mbs good bye. 200mbs is nothing. I can use up 200mbs on edge for the whole day by replying on facebook, playing We Rule (Online Game), Pandora and i can used up over 200mb already for doing that.