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Apple has finally unveiled iPhone 4 at the company’s WWDC event in San Francisco, complete with iMovie, video chatting and multitasking. And the Retina Display tech means text is noticeably crisper while pictures are far more detailed than on the previous version.

UPDATED: When guessing the name of Apple’s next iPhone model, folks who figured “iPhone 4G” got it half right — the new handset is the iPhone 4 and it just debuted at the Apple WWDC in San Francisco. The 9.3mm thick handset looks nearly identical to the test phone left behind at a bar and later purchased by Gizmodo, but now we have all the specifications:

  • 24 percent thinner than the iPhone 3GS
  • Front-facing camera in addition to rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 5x digital zoom, support for 720p video recording at 30 fps.
  • Two microphones for noise suppression
  • Stainless steel frame with radio antennas integrated into the structure of the phone
  • A 960×640 high resolution display with 326 pixels per inch — roughly double the pixel count of the current iPhone and more like printed text
  • Up to 32GB of storage, 802.11 n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a three-axis gyro
  • Support for quad-band HSPA, or 7.2 Mbps down and 5.8 Mbps up
  • 7 hours of talk time, 6 hours of 3G browsing or 10 hours on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music and 300 hours of standby

CEO Steve Jobs himself demonstrated the difference between the current iPhone 3GS display and the New Retina display of the iPhone 4. This technology appears to be the biggest improvement over the prior model device as text is noticeably crisper while pictures are far more detailed.

Helping out the visuals of the Retina Display is an 800:1 contrast ratio — four times greater than the prior model’s display — and the use of IPS or In Plane Switching technology for a wide-angle viewing, just like the iPad and Apple displays. The new iPhone 4 is powered by Apple’s custom A4 chip, first used in the iPad, and like its big brother, uses a microSIM card.

With the new higher-quality camera, Apple is also offering a way to edit video on the phone with iMovie for iPhone, priced at $4.99. Based on the demonstration provided, the software appears to be more polished than the prior editing method and uses the full iPhone display for movie edits — gone is the trim timeline from the currently meager editing functionality of the 3GS. Still photos can be added to iPhone movies as can transitions and music tracks from the iTunes library on the handset.

The new iPhone 4 will run the already announced iPhone OS 4, but the platform gets a rename — as of today, it’s iOS 4, which makes sense, since the non-phone iPad runs the same mobile operating system. (Related: Apple’s iPhone OS 4: What You Need to Know) As expected, the most prominent features are multitasking, folders, customized home screens and a unified Inbox for email.

Google will remain the default search engine in iOS 4, but Microsoft’s Bing is now an available option. A new software addition is the iBooks for iPhone application, which should help sell even more books (Apple has already sold 5 million.) iBooks will sync a reader’s place between the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well their bookmarks and notes, much as Amazon does with its Kindle platform. And when paired with the Retina Display, iBooks looks stellar for handheld reading — Apple is sure to sell even more titles as a result.

With all the new features, Apple continues to entice developers; it expects to this month sell its 100 millionth iOS device, which includes sales of iPads, iPods and iPhones. I will update the post as more details on iPhone 4 are revealed.

Update: Apple waited until the end, but finally demonstrated what the front-facing camera is for — video calling with FaceTime, which works over Wi-Fi only. Additionally, Apple shared pricing and availability for the new iPhone 4, which goes on sale June 24th. The 16 GB version is $199 with contract while the 32 GB model is $299 in the U.S. Pre-orders begin on June 15 and Apple expects iPhone 4 availability in 88 countries by September.

  1. a really good specs compilation & break-down:
    http://briefmobile.com/apple-iphone-4-complete-specifications-list

    June 24th… not exactly what i was hoping for. i wanted the 18th!

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    1. Because you live in the u.s you only have to wait untill june but i live in australia and have to wait until the very und of july!! I dont know if i cant wait that long!

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  2. It’s a real shame the marriage between Apple and AT&T continues. They’d sell millions more of these if they opened up to Verizon.

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  3. Except for the Antenna design and the backlit photo sensor rest of the stuff is not “Magical”.

    Apple could have increased the screen size to 4.3 inches.

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    1. Not everyone wants a GIANT phone.

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    2. I’m using the Evo and the screen is too big to operate one handed. My thumb can’t reach the top corners.

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      1. I’m also using an Evo 4G and can operate the phone with one hand. It also has a Seidio Innocase covering it. My hands are not huge, so I don’t see what the issue is here. In terms of measurements, the Evo 4G is not much bigger than a 3GS.

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  4. They should really make them unlocked from the carriers. Then they would sell TONS more.

    Oh well…I can dream :-(

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    1. you are completely right. i know quite a few people who deal in used/jail broken/unlocked iphones and the demand way exceeds supply. i have guys telling me the always sell their iphones within three hours of having them in hand and have waiting lists of hundreds of people.

      nearly all of these people would prefer to buy brand new. the only reason they buy used is that it is the only way to get an unlocked phone.

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  6. The iPhone 4 seems to have given users everything that they wanted. A big let down for me was the lack of an iPhone being offered on Verizon Wireless, but I didn’t really think that would happen today anyways. Hopefully, sometime in the future, VZW will get the iPhone. Until then, it’s the HTC Incredible for me! http://www.whatsgoodblog.com/2010/06/live-apple-iphone-4g-coverage/

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  7. [...] Tofel Jun. 7, 2010, 12:24pm PDT No Comments        0 We already knew that iPhone 4 would have a front-facing camera, but Steve Jobs waited until the end of his presentation to actually show it off. Using his [...]

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  8. With No Flash, means, it’s like my iPad – Apple’s version of the web, full of holes.

    k’Mon, how many tiems you’ve been to a site that shows a blank screen. pfff, it’s ok, Apple, this time, I’m patient to wait for Google’s Android, I’ll pass.

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    1. Yeah, it’s a pass for me, too. Want to see that HTC does next with Android.

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    2. +1
      At this point its a shame. Too many blank holes and folks call it “Magical” internet experience. Steve probably changed the meaning of “Magical” on his dictionary apps. Sometimes I feel the tech world is brainwashed by Apple. No one writes about the “Holes” inside the browser.

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    3. Maybe we don’t surf the same Web. I’ve had zero complaints about the lack of Flash on my iPad.

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      1. Exactly my point, there are millions of sites out there and the ones I need flash. The engadget video of Steve Jobs explaining the antenna cannot be viewed on any i”Product”. Good for you that the sites you browse don’t need Flash.

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  9. Did not specify the speed of the A4 processor and how much RAM is built-in. Does anyone know?

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  10. Wang Hung Lo Monday, June 7, 2010

    Was hoping for a little more. Like maybe a second model: iPhone 4 Plus (4.3″) with that new high res screen. Apple really needs more than one form factor phone in their arsenal.
    Surprised it is Stainless Steel and not Aluminium.
    Bigger battery is way cool but still not removable (bummer).
    The Nissan LEAF ad was cool – winning an electric car via iPhone just rocks.

    Now that the iPhone has a built-in GYROSCOPE it is the official NASA Phone for use in space flights. This will be heavily used in gaming for sure.

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