It is official. The new iPhone is not iPhone 4G, iPhone HD. It is just by a simple name of iPhone 4. It has front facing camera, 5 MegaPixels camera with Flash, shoots 720p HD video, does video calling (via WiFi only, and to iOS 4 devices only) called FaceTime, super high resolution screen called Retina Display and it will come to Singapore in July 2010.
Some interesting things about this iPhone 4.
It has Integrated Antenna, never seen in other products before.
It has Retina Display with a resolution of 960 x 640
It has four times as many pixels. The retina display has 326 pixels per inch.
The battery has also improved.
It has a 3-axis Gyroscope. A first for a phone.
The new OS will be called iOS 4 instead of iPhone OS 4.
It is supposed to have more than 100 new features and thousands of API support.
The next interesting feature about this phone is the camera. It has 5 MegaPixels camera with flash and a VGA camera for the front.
It records in HD at 30fps.
It has iMovie (at US$4.99) that does amazing things (never seen in phone before). I love it!
The next few features are less interesting.
It will have iBooks store that can be wirelessly sync with other Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod).
In total, there will be three key stores for Apple.
- Apps Store
- iTunes Store
- iBooks Store
And next, iAds. This will be a heavily debated topic. It has rich ads display at the expense of your bandwidth. However, people are visual animals. I am sure they will be hooked. Already many big players are committed to it for the next half year.
Excerpt from gdgt.com
“Nissan, Citi, Unilever, AT&T, Chanel, GE, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Geico — they want you guys to have insurance! — Sears, JCPenny, Target, Best Buy, DirecTV, TBS network, and Disney. Those are some of the brands, and we couldn’t be happier. We’re so excited.”
Finally, Steve Jobs unveiled FaceTime. I think it is nothing new. In fact, I think Apple made a hype out of it when it is already available many years ago.
FaceTime is actually video conferencing but with a twist. It can only be used with WiFi (in year 2010) and must be between iPhone 4 to iPhone 4.
Will this video conferencing take off? I am not so sure.
So, finally, the big question. When will iPhone 4 be out, how much and how about existing iPhones? Will they be upgraded to iOS 4?
iPhone will be available from 24th June in 5 countries (US, France, Germany, UK, Japan) (pre-order from 15th June 2010)
And in Singapore and other 17 countries in July 2010. Same timing with Apple iPad 🙂 .
iPhone 3Gs (8GB) will drop price to US$88, iPhone 4 (16GB) will be US$199 and iPhone 4 (32GB) will be US299.
And regarding iOS 4. Who can get upgraded? iPhone 3Gs, 3G and iPod Touch. Note that some features will not be available on iPhone 3Gs iPhone 3G and iPod Touch.
And you can get it on the 21st June 2010.
Confuse by too much details. Here is a comparison of iPhone 4 and iPhone 3Gs, courtesy of Engadget.
Will you buy iPhone 4? I will. BTW, it comes with 2 colors. White and Black.