Apple announces iPhone 4, iOS 4, iMovie

Steve Jobs delivered Apple’s 2010 WWDC keynote today, announcing a new iPhone, a number of new iPhone apps, and updated device and App Store sales data.

First things first, the new iPhone. Apple has named it iPhone 4, and it looks exactly like the leaked prototype everyone has already seen. It will be available in black and white, at the same price points as the current 3GS: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB. There is no 64GB model at the moment. They’ve also dropped the 3G model completely, and the 8GB 3GS is now available for $99.

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

Current iPhone users can upgrade to the new device for the retail price as long as their contract expires some time in 2010, though you must agree to another 2 year contract.

iPhone 4 can be preordered starting June 15th, will debut in US, Germany, France, Japan and UK stores on June 24th. 18 more countries will get it in July, 24 more in August, and 40 more in September.

Below is a quick review of some of the new specs:

  • A4 Processor just like in iPad
  • 32GB storage max
  • 960×540 IPS “Retinal” display, with 326 pixels per inch
  • Quad-band HSDPA/HSUPA for 7.2Mbps down, 4.8 Mbps up
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Second mic for noise cancellation
  • Front facing camera
  • Better rear camera with 5MP, flash, and backside illuminating sensor
  • HD video recording, 720p at 30 frames per second
  • Larger battery
  • Microsim to save space
  • 300 hours standby
  • 40% more talk time on 3G from 5 to 7 hours
  • 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing
  • 40 hours music
  • 10 hours video
  • New gyroscope offers 6-Axis motion sensing
  • Green: Arsenic free, BFR free, Mercury free, PVC free, recyclable

Apple has also renamed iPhone OS, starting with version 4 it is to be called iOS and has reached Golden Master status. It will be available to developers starting today, however it will not be available to users until June 21st.

As expected, they are not offering iOS 4 for the first generation iPhone or iPod Touch, though 2nd generation iPod Touch and iPhone 3G users will get it but without access to some features, like multitasking. The upgrade will be totally free for all supported devices, no more upgrade fees for iPod Touch users.

Along with calendar and photo library access, iOS 4 now includes a new video chat feature that Apple calls FaceTime, which will be an open industry standard. For now, FaceTime is only usable on Wi-Fi, however Apple says it is working with carriers and hopes to offer it over 3G soon.

As previously rumored, Safari for iPhone (and soon iPad) will now offer users the ability to search using Microsoft’s Bing search engine from the upper right corner search box. Google is still the default for now.

Apple also announced iMovie for iPhone, which will allow users to capture, edit and publish HD videos right on the device. iMovie for iPhone will be available soon for $4.99.

As expected, iBooks is now available for iPhone too, and an updated build will be available for iPad soon; both will now support PDF viewing, and will have a separate bookshelf for your PDF files.

During the early part of the keynote, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings also announced that the Netflix iPhone app would be released soon, and ran through a quick streaming demo, queue management, search and all the other features that have made Netflix so popular.

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  • NRhettleguest

    Apple should use a spiraling graphic to show Search Engine choices. No single engine would have a prominent place at the top or bottom of the list (yeah Bing, I’m talking about YOU).

  • Anonymous

    This is what an upgrade is Apple. I love it already.Many every time I see the iPhone 4 I get all excited!
    Im getting the white one, I have never owned an iphone before, but I do have an iPod touch and I seriously cant wait to get my dirty hands on ma new iphone4!!!!!