Well, Steve Jobs unveiled today the new iPhone ver. 4 and to nobody’s surprise thanks to the leaked prototype, it has the same capabilities we have seen already, like new case, new processor – Apple A4 ,similar with iPad and 256Gb SDRAM for a total of 32GB of storage. The screen has a beautiful resolution of 960 × 640 which will improve pretty much everything, but I have high hopes to use it as an eBook Reader. Also important and a first for the iPhone line and industry as well is a front facing VGA camera to be used in the video conferences – called FaceTime (can we hope for a new Skype client?), a better back camera (5MB with back illuminated sensor, also capable of HD video recording at 720p, 30fps) and a 16% improvement in battery life. the official numbers are: 7hrs 3G talktime, 6hrs 3G browsing, 10hrs WiFi browsing, 10hrs video, 40hrs music or 300 hrs standby. The new gyroscope addition should make it able to better track your movements for even better games.
In terms of software, a nice addition is NETFLIX (yay) and Farmville (urgh – I played it for a month and I’ll regret the wasted time forever). Apple was also nice enough to implement a version of iMovie for iPhone. Not part of the installed package, so you’ll need to cough up some dough (@4.99 to be precise). But neat anyway! …And yeah, multitasking support (sort of)…but you already knew that as well. Bing also found its place among the available search engines, but Google keeps its default position. Sincerely, I prefer it this way. You can not image how bad Bing sucks compared with Google in terms of performance when indexing new websites…trust me on this one.
The new iPhone will cost $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB with two year agreement, starting June 24th 2010 and will be available in two colors, black and white. You’ll be able to pre-order your on June 15th.
No news today about a possible availability of the iPhone on Verizon network, although Apple should take it more seriously. Steve Jobs repeatedly asked the audience to turn off their network access so he can proceed with the demo. A wonderful example of the current troubles AT&T goes through with their network.