Meet the Apple iPhone 4

Meet the Apple iPhone 4
This phone was subject to overwhelming attention these last months, but now the time has come to finally meet it in person. At today's WWDC 2010 conference, Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, officially introduced the next iteration of the iPhone - meet the Apple iPhone 4. That's it - no 4G, no HD, but simply 4. Go on reading though because there's a special surprise for HD lovers out there.

The most important feature of the iPhone 4 is no doubt its renewed design. Yep, it's the same one we've seen for quite some time, with the only difference that we now know this will be the thinnest smartphone in the world, being a whole 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS! To us, this sure sounds like a lot of... thinness. Anyway, Steve Jobs wanted to make it perfectly clear that the iPhone 4 has an exceptional build quality, having front and back sides made of glass, framed by stainless steel. The thing is that the stainless steel frame will actually serve as an antenna! Say goodbye to poor reception on the iPhone.

And here are some of the highlights of the iPhone 4's design: it will feature a front-facing camera, microSIM card slot, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, second microphone for noise-cancelation. That's it? Of course no. What about getting a brand new display?!



The iPhone 4 will keep the 3.5-inch diagonal, but will quadruple the pixels to 640x960, making it the highest-resolution screen on a smartphone to date. Apple actually calls the new screen Retina Display, because it shows 326 pixels per inch, while the human eye can only distinguish around 300 ppi. In addition, the screen will utilize the LCD IPS technology (same as in the iPad), meaning great viewing angles. Even apps made for the older screen are said to look better on the iPhone 4 (we'll see about that).

The next big feature is the Apple A4 chip - again, as in the iPad. Jobs didn't mention a number, but we presume it should be clocked at 1GHz.

Next up, Apple has added a new sensor in the iPhone 4, called a three-axis gyroscope. And they have actually tied the gyroscope, accelerometer and GPS in order to get an ultimate 6-axis motion sensing, which, as the company's CEO said, would be perfect for gaming (we'll see about that too)!

We already mentioned the new 5MP camera, right? But did we mention that it will be able to record 720p HD video at 30 fps? Well, now we did. Plus, it seems the camera sensor will be backside illuminated, providing more of that much-needed light for your photos.

Now, it turns out Apple won't be just bringing a 5MP cam. It has also developed a new application - iMovie for the iPhone! It will allow you to do great stuff with your HD videos like trimming, placing transition effects, titles, mixing with audio from your iTunes library and so on. What? Edit HD videos on your phone? Now that was fast we tell you! The app will be available in the App Store for $4.99 (if they approve it, as Jobs joked).

The new stuff continues with an aspect of the phone we are already aware of - the new iPhone OS4 and its multitasking and what-not other capabilities. To be precise however, we should now call it iOS 4, because Apple just renamed it. As part of iOS 4, users will also get a new search engine alternative - Bing, but Google will stay as the default one. Yahoo! is also in the mix.

If you missed our iPhone OS4 first look coverage, then you'd be pleased to know that iBooks is also coming with iOS 4, and boy wouldn't those books just look great on that 640x960 pixels display?

Finally we get the new FaceTime program, which will take advantage of the phone's new video calling capabilities. Now it seems this year FaceTime will only work over Wi-Fi, but Jobs promised that they are working hard with carriers to make the service possible through a mobile network as well.

And that's pretty much all that got announced at the keynote today, but we know there will be a lot more features built in the new platform. So, you're probably wondering how much the iPhone 4 will cost? The 16GB model will be available for $199, while the 32GB one for $299. They will be available through AT&T, and you'll be able to take advantage of some cool upgrade offer. Here are CEO Steve Job's own words on the matter: "I’m thrilled to announce AT&T is going to make an incredibly generous upgrade offer. If your contract expires any time in 2010, you are immediately eligible for a new iPhone 4 at the same 199 or 299 prices if you top up your contract 2 years."

The Apple iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order starting on June 15, and for sale on June 24. By the way, the iPhone 3GS will now take the iPhone 3G's place and its price tag of $99.

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications

source: Apple via GDGT



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141 Comments

1. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Haters comments start in 3.... 2.... 1........

14. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Bitin my style with the countdown i see...shame

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, the resolution is nice, the video calling and video editing is nice.. but other than that, its more of the same. what i wonder is about insurance. the whole damn thing is made of glass.. that is gonna be fun to drop. they better make insurance availible for it..AT REGULAR PRICES.. geeze.

44. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

WOW, it finally comes with all the features just about every other phone comes with. ha ha I love you iphone colt members. We have video, but can you share that video. ha ha ha LMAO! HOVA, where's your pom poms. I bet you have pigtails too.

49. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

LOL! Everybody hates when your on top.. This phone is sweet.

54. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

its cult newb.

58. jsacks761

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

it is a special type of glass 30x stronger than plastic.....I would rather have this than the 3gs

105. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

They have insurance. It's like $14 a month and over $200 to replace. Have fun with that.

139. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Ignorant at it's finest. LMAO !!!! Again !!! Features that other phones already have. Where do you recruit these colt members. ha ha ha Must bite the apple. LMAO ! LAME !

2. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet....

128. Jonny87

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 12, 2009

iPhone people can be so ignorant at times. Plenty of the “NEW” features that the iphone 4 has, other phones have had them for years. I will admit that the display is really bad@SS but everything else is just old. Like the video calling, All of Europe, other countries and my old N82 and N85 phones have had that feature for years. Plus the HTC EVO 4G is better because unlike the iphone, it does not require wifi. You can videocall by using Sprints service. P.S the display on the Samsung galaxy is 10x better than of the iphone. (people just need to realize that the iphone is no longer the ruling king but the beaching queen)

141. jambachever

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

At last, someone is not following this stupid cult this iphone crappynated. yes his right user's! iphone has a great display but the UPDATES, UPGRADES are so outdated. basically they are late because other phones like the ichiban nokia already had it (like video calling, multitasking more than four apps, radio, 5 mpx camera, infrared, and so much more that you would cry into joy!) a long time before 3g came out. Ex. what he put..N95, E71 which if you're from US att offer it and also in other countries..E72...my long awaited N8 (12 mpx hd720p and so much more)hell badass yeah! About the android os phones I would still agree with you. although they are new, they are trying all the possibilities to make cool apps...I like the UI too. and at least they don't stick into one phone like IPHONE. and i heard android are about to put flash 10 which btw ignorant people an essential..vital supply to make your web browsing complete! what i mean not just youtube all the time...but you can explore more than that!

3. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Looks really nice

4. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

does video calling only work on wi-fi??? cuz if it does that sucks... why cant it be like in europe were they are able to make video calls over 3G????

5. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

It's the carrier's decision.

7. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Probably wouldn't want to use it over 3G when you only get 2GB a month with their new data plans anyway...

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Right now, no one will be using 3G to do FACETIME VIDEO calling - soon, but not yet - using WiFi is great at home, for me, anyways.

45. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

It's mention that you can only use it on WIFI. It's apple, your limited.

52. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Read the article... "Now it seems this year FaceTime will only work over Wi-Fi, but Jobs promised that they are working hard with carriers to make the service possible through a mobile network as well." AT&T would not allow this because it would KILL their network... Apple had to start with just Wifi... Ultimately, it comes down to the carriers.

69. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, shows us how bright these posters are for giving me '-1' for stating the facts....whatta bunch of dorkfishes...

78. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

Umm.... With "carriers"? You do realized that there is only one carrier, don't you? And again, with AT&T, it won't happen. Unless, of course, they add it now with the new data pricing. That 2 way video stream will make them tons of money not to improve the network with.

79. majicc07

Posts: 28; Member since: May 07, 2009

He is talking about all the international carriers who are launching it. The video calling will only work on wifi for all carriers that use it. So it's not just an at&t thing.

125. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

if u already have an i-phone and want to upgrade to the i-phone 4, the unltd data plan stays the same...the new data plans are for new i-phone customers or if current customers change the data plan from the old to the new plan

131. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

I just used video calling on my evo 4g from walmart to make sure I was buying the right type of soap for her! Just called her up and she got to see all the stuff they sell right there. There are alot of reasons to use video calling and very few are from home. If your home, get out your laptop and use skype, its endlessly better than this iphone crap. The whole reason to video call on a phone is so your not glued to a laptop on wifi. Who would use a vga iphone camera on a freaking small 3.5" screen when your at home on wifi sitting next to your 15" laptop with a 1.3mp or better camera. Fail apple

6. jacky_luvsjrod

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2010

anyone one know wen this is coming out over here in spain?

8. SkyNet.TX

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

looks nice.But it still can't compete with other high-end smart phones like the galaxy-s. its just a matter of taste!!!

40. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

galaxy s??? are u serious?

92. SkyNet.TX

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

i am serious!! the OS cant even come close to android 2.1 and not even froyo when it comes avaible for galaxy s

106. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

How does this not compete with 2.1 or froyo. Facts much?

9. ccarrier012

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

The display looks awesome, but I don't understand where they were going with the design of the phone in general.

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