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iPhone 4 Revealed: WWDC Recap

by Travis Harvey | June 7, 2010June 7, 2010 2:40 pm PDT

Today, as expected, Apple unveiled the already leaked next-gen iPhone, the iPhone 4.  If you missed the keynote or suffered from the same wifi woes as Steve, get a full rundown of today’s unveiling below. It’s a whole new iPhone, people.

Of course today’s keynote wouldn’t be a Stevenote without a bit a gloating so it’s quite convenient the iPad’s been selling like hotcakes.  Apple’s exchanging cash for iPads at a rate of one every three seconds.    Over 35 million iPad apps have been downloaded from the catalog of over 8,500 – about 17 apps per iPad.  The star of the iPad was easily iBooks, which will receive an update later this month to drop a PDF viewing tab on your iBooks bookshelf.  They’re also adding in-page note taking and more bookmarks along with a new page opposite the Table of Contents to display a list of both.  No specific date was given for the updated iBooks apps.

Three big names dropped by the keynote to show off their new apps headed to the iPhone.  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings dropped a big one on us.  Netflix for iPhone is coming this summer, and it’s yours for free.  Beyond that, you’ll be able to resume streaming video from where you left off on your iPhone and iPad. guitar-hero 3G streaming is alive and well, though new customers starting today will be affected by AT&T’s 2GB data allowance.  CEO of Zynga, Mark Pincus, announced the highly addictive Facebook game Farmville would soon be available on your iPhone and iPod Touch.  Finally SVP of Activision, Karthik Bala hopped on stage to announce the immediate availability of Guitar Hero on the iPhone for $2.99.

And the main event, iPhone 4 stole the show with its all-new design, exactly like what we saw in the Gizmodo leak.  Glass covers the front and back while stainless steel wraps around the sides.  The volume buttons have been separated and a second mic added near the headphone jack for a bit of noise cancellation.   24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS, it’s supposedly the “thinnest smartphone on the planet.”

They’ve increased the pixel density of the iPhone 4 with a technology called Retina Display that dramatically increases the pixel density by four times that of the 3GS.  The 960 x 640 display also uses the same IPS technology in the iPad for some insane viewing angles.  As expected, Apple’s A4 chip makes the transition from the iPad, helping to achieve 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 7 hours of 3G talk time, and 300 hours of standby.

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iPhone 4 sports a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash that records 720p video at 30 FPS.  iMovie is making its way to the App Store for $4.99 “if [Apple] approves it.”  On the front of iPhone 4 is a camera for FaceTime, Apple’s video calling feature between two iPhones.  Enabled for WiFi only, FaceTime can be found in a call’s settings beneath the keypad.

iPhone 4 will go on sale June 24th with preorders starting as soon as June 15th.  The 16GB iPhone 4 model is priced at $199 and the 32GB model carries a $299 price tag.  Both the 16GB and 32GB models are available in black and white.  The iPhone 3G is now dead and an 8GB iPhone 3GS will drop down to $99.  If you’re eligible for an upgrade with AT&T at any time in 2010, you’ll be bumped up and eligible for the iPhone 4 on June 24th.

And that’s what you missed at WWDC!  Will you be buying the iPhone 4?  Were there any real surprises or was everything pretty well leaked?  Let us know in the comments.


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