Well Stevey J has just finished his stint on the big stage of the Moscone Center for Apple’s WWDC 2010. First to note was that there wasn’t much here we didn’t already know; OK Mr. Jobs was signing the praises of his ‘magical’ iPad which has sold 2 million since launch (one every three seconds apparently), and that the newly christened iOS devices have sold nearly 100 million units, but on the iPhone front it was, for the most part, a little predictable. This is the first time we’ve had any serious information on anything Apple’s released in the last decade ahead of time. But enough blathering, get to the goods I hear you cry! Yes, Sir:
This is what we knew already with new additions in bold:
- Front-facing camera
- Improved rear-camera (5MP with ‘backside illuminated sensor’) with LED flash. The image sensor has also stayed the same making it better in low light conditions
- Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM
- IPS display with a predicted 960×640 resolution (‘Retina‘ display)
- Split buttons for volume
- Metallic power, mute, and volume buttons.
- 16% larger battery
- Apple’s A4 processor
- Glass flat backed with aluminium stainless steel boarder
- Two microphones, one for noise cancellation
And here’s the stuff that was totally new:
- It’s called the iPhone 4 (notice not G because it’s only 3G).
- It’s 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 9.3mm thick making it the thinnest smartphone on the planet.
- The edging is stainless steel and forms part of the antenna for each of the different radios in the phone (a first apparently)
- ‘Retina’ Display, Apple’s given name for it’s 326px per inch display, which is above the density that the human eye can differentiate according to Steve and uses added grey pixels to create super smooth, fine and crisp text.
- 800:1 contrast ratio
- Automatic rendering of normal iPhone apps to the iPhone 4’s Retina Display (no adapting needed for existing apps apparently, but of course you can modify your apps to take advantage of the display)
- Bigger battery + A4 = 7 hours 3G talk time, 6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours WiFi browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours of music and 300 hours of standby time (maybe now it’ll make it through a proper day!)
- 802.11n WiFi
- Quad-Band GSM HSDPA / HSUPA (world phone capable)
- Added 3-axis gyro to accelerometer and GPS for 6-axis motion sensing (making five sensors with the magnometer, sounds like they’re really boosting the motion gaming element here)
- HD 720p-30FPS video recording (say good bye to those pocket HD camcorders if this is as good as Steve says it is)
- FaceTime – Video calling using the front or back camera. WiFi only for the time being, Apple is apparently working with network providers to get things ready for 3G calling. Let’s hope Skype can do video over 3G otherwise we just won’t be able to walk blindly into things as we strut down the street video calling our friends and time soon, because you know how long it took to get iPhone tethering in the US! iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 only, so it’s no iChat.
- Available starting June 24th (US, UK, France, Germany and Japan) in Black and White, 16GB ($199) and 32GB ($299) models
- Pre-order for US, UK, France, Germany and Japan starts June 15th
- 18 more countries in July with 24 more in August and finally 44 more in September.
But that’s not all the iPhone-related news Steve-o had for us. iPhone OS is finally been renamed iOS, which to be honest makes absolute sense when you think that iPhone OS is now powering at least three separate devices. iOS 4 also has a load of new features bundled into it, but most of it had already been shown at previous Apple events. The ‘Golden Master’ will be in developers (this is a developers conference after all) hands today, meaning iOS is essentially feature complete. Here are some new standout features for iOS.
- iMovie for iPhone! Editing, music integration, title overlays, the works, all rendered on the iPhone (let’s hope they bring this to the iPad!). Yours right now for $4.99.
- iBooks for iPhone including all the features found on the iPad plus syncing of notes, bookmarks, your place in the book and books purchased across all iOS devices.
- Free update for all devices (including iPod touch)
That’s your lot. We’ve got a gallery of all the choice images from today’s iPhone 4 keynote so hit the jump and gorge yourself on the eye-candy