As expected, Apple has pulled the wraps off the fourth generation iPhone at a special conference in San Jose in the United States. While the phone didn’t receive its expected iPhone HD monicker, it’s certainly as HD as a phone is likely to get any time soon, with a 960 x 640 resolution, equaling a whopping pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. Read on for the rest of the new features.
● 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
● Same A4 processor as the iPad
● Second microphone for noise canceling
● 720p (30 frames per second) video recording with tap to focus
● 802.11n Wi-Fi
● Quad-band HSUPA (7.2Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up)
● "FaceTime" video calls (Wi-Fi only)
● 960 x 640 "Retina" display
● 3-axis gyro in addition to the accelerometer for PS3-style 6-axis motion control
● Seven hours 3G talk time, six hours 3G web browsing, 10 hours video playback
● 9.3mm thick
● iOS 4.0 with multitasking and folders
● iMovie app for US$4.99
● iBooks app (free)
● Official Apple case for US$29
Apple is also touting a new and improved build quality, claiming its chemically strengthened aluminosilcate glass is 30 times harder than plastic, and more scratch resistant than previous models. The stainless steel band around the rim is an alloy forged to be five times stronger than "standard" steel.
The iPhone 4’s closest competitor is Sprint and HTC’s flagship EVO 4G, which debuted on June 4th. At a whopping 4.3 inches, the EVO 4G offers official Wi-Fi hotspot support, micro-HDMI output, and (you guessed it) 4G network connectivity - though early reports claim battery life is the device’s Achilles heel.
The iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan from June 24, and in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland by the end of July.
Unfortunately we can only tell our Pattaya readers the pricing details in US dollars right now: $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB model. For the budget-conscious, an 8GB iPhone 3GS will be available for $99.
This story was first reported on http://www.gizmag.com/ and is re printed with their permission.
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