Slimmer, high-res video, and longer battery life are just a few of the features announced by Steve Jobs' yesterday of the iPhone 4, which will be hitting Aussie shores in early July.
The new iteration will also have FaceTime, which makes video calling a reality, and Apple’s new Retina display, is claiming to be the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in crisp text, images and video.
In addition, iPhone will feature a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time, designed from glass and stainless steel that is said to be the thinnest smartphone in the world.
iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the company's mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features multitasking, folders, enhanced mail, deeper enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform.
“iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”
FaceTime is as mobile as your phone, so you can see your loved ones and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required, and you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with a tap of the touchscreen.
Apple’s 3.5 inch Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels—four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78 percent of the pixels on an iPad. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when the phone is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic than ever before on an electronic display.
iPhone 4 is 9.3 millimeters thick with the front and back being made of aluminosilcate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic. The front and back glass have an oil-resistant coating that helps keep it clean, and encircling iPhone 4 is a highly finished stainless-steel band made of a custom alloy that is forged to be five times stronger than standard steel.
iPhone 4 features a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor and built-in LED flash that allows you to take amazing pictures even in low light and dark environments. iPhone 4 lets you record and edit HD video and the popular tap to focus feature now works while recording video. You can use the iPhone 4‘s LED flash for both still photography and video recording. The new iMovie app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music, and users can buy it through the App Store right on their phone.
Every iPhone 4 has a built-in three-axis gyro that when combined with the accelerometer provides six-axis motion sensing such as up and down, side-to-side, forward and backward and pitch and roll, making it suitable for gaming. Developers can access the gyro using the new CoreMotion API to make games and other apps that go well beyond what other mobile devices offer.
The new iBooks app will be available for iPhone 4 as a free download from the App Store and includes Apple’s new iBookstore, where users can browse, buy and read books. The iBooks app will sync your current place in a book, along with any bookmarks, highlights and notes you have created, between copies of the same book on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. iBooks users can also now read and store PDFs right in iBooks. Users have downloaded over five million books in the first two months.
More than five billion apps have been downloaded from the revolutionary App Store and more than 225,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries.
iPhone 4 delivers seven hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and up to six hours on 3G, and up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback. It is powered by Apple’s new A4 processor that provides exceptional processor and graphic performance along with long battery life. iPhone 4 features a second microphone and advanced software to suppress unwanted background noise for improved call quality when in loud places. iPhone 4 also offers 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and adds quad-band HSUPA to provide 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.8Mbps uplink capability.