After a wild couple of months complete with lost iPhone prototypes, leaks, upheaval, and even police raids, Apple has finally laid to rest the deafening buzz and countless rumors swirling around about the next-gen iPhone. Taking the stage this morning to thunderous applause at Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference keynote address in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the 4th generation of Apple's not-so-never-before-seen iPhone -- cleverly enough dubbed iPhone 4. In the usual Wirefly fashion, here's a rundown of everything iPhone 4 will deliver to the clammy palms of eager Apple fans come June 24th.
Design: 9.33mm thick (24% thinner than iPhone 3GS). The "thinnest smartphone on the planet." The much-discussed "lines" on the leaked prototypes are part of the antenna system. iPhone 4 is made of stainless steel and scratch-resistant glass on the front and back that is reportedly 30x strong than plastic.
Retina display: 3.5-inch display with an impressive 960x640 pixels (4x more pixels than iPhone 3GS, 78% of the pixels on the iPad). 326 pixels-per-inch. 800:1 contrast ratio (4x better than 3GS). IPS technology for improved color and wider viewing angle. According to Jobs, "Once you use a Retina Display, you can't go back."
Battery: Equipped with a larger battery that offers 7 hours of talk time on 3G, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video watching, 40 hours of music listening, and 300 hours of standby.
Processor: Powered by an Apple A4 chip (the same as the iPad).
Additional specs: Up to 32GB storage. 802.11n WiFi. Accelerometer. GPS. Compass.
Gyroscope: "We're adding a 3-axis gyro, and we tied the gyro, accelerometer and compass together for six-axis motion sensing. It's perfect for gaming," said Jobs. Jobs illustrated the gyroscope with an on-screen Jenga-like game where a tower of blocks swayed back and forth as the Apple CEO removed individual pieces from the stack. The gyroscope will provide "much more precise movement," Jobs added.
Camera: The iPhone 4's camera has been upgraded from 3-megapixels to 5-megapixels. The device will also add an LED flash. The camera will have a 5x digital zoom and tap-to-focus functionality.
Video recording: iPhone 4 will record HD video at up to 720P and 30 frames-per-second. The device will feature advanced on-board video editing by way of a new iMovie app ($4.99). Video recording will also include tap-to-focus functionality and "one click sharing."
iBooks: The iPad's iBooks is coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch in iOS4. You will be able to wirelessly download purchased books to all your iOS4 devices free of charge. iBooks will automatically sync your place, bookmarks, and notes.
Front-facing camera & video calls: By way of "FaceTime," iPhone 4 is capable of video calls in portrait and landscape modes anywhere there is WiFi using either the front or rear-facing camera. Currently, video calls appear limited to iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 connections.
Colors & pricing: iPhone 4 will be offered in white and black. $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB.
Upgrade-eligibility: If your AT&T contract expires in 2010, you can upgrade up to 6 months early.
Availability: iPhone 4 is set to hit stores June 24th, and pre-orders begin June 15th. iOS4 will be available to iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch (1st gen. excluded) users on June 21st.
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