While most of the world have already seen the prototype iPhone 4G earlier in April, what the next gen phone was exactly capable of remained a mystery. Well we no longer have to speculate as Steve Jobs finally showed off the upcoming wonder at the WWDC keynote event. Aside from the prominent design changes, the iPhone 4 features some new impressive specs, including the all new Retina Display, which has 4x as many pixels as the 3GS. Here are the notable highlights:
- Apple A4 Chip (more power, less battery consumption)
- Design: Optical quality, scratch-resistant glass, surrounded by stainless steel rim
- More juice: 7 hrs 3G talk, 6hrs 3G browsing, 10 hrs Wi-Fi Browsing, 10 hrs video, 40 hrs music, 300 hrs standy
- Retina Display: 960 x 640 pixels, 326 pixels per inch, 800:1 contrast ratio (4x better than 3GS)
- Front Facing Camera
- 5 megapixel sensor, LED flash, 5x digital zoom, backside illuminated sensor
- HD Recording: 720p at 30fps, tap to focus video,
- Thinnest smartphone ever
- Gyroscope (detects pitch roll and yaw. Together with Accelerometer, users will have 6-axis motion sensing)
- Video Chat
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
The new hardware specs, coupled with the features that are expected of the OS 4.0 (now called iOS 4), certainly make the iPhone 4 THAT much more appealing. Not sure about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on one when it’s released.
If you hopped onto Apple’s hayride because of the iPhone, you are as Apple-y as any wannabe slate manufacturer out there. I mean, Apple haven’t always been the good-natured corporate pounding-hammer that they are now. They used to give it to Mr. ATT; now, they take it from him. Before you react though, hear me out. Undoubtedly, you’re more than aware of the now-pedestrian story of Gray Powell, the lout who lost the iPhone 4G/HD prototype.
Unless Apple suddenly throws nano colours into the mix, we may be in for another two-toned iPhone. Right, so the current 3GS is sleek in black, and sexy in white, but some of us thing it’s about time for Apple to add some choice into the mix. The new iPhone 4G prototype has popped up with a white front plate. Real or not, doesn’t much matter in lieu of the fact that the iPhone 4G will be unveiled just a fistful of days.
The iPhone 4G/Next gen iPhone story: it’s cute, it’s fuzzy. It’s full of theft, guilt, and the stupid press. and like it or not, it keeps flooding the interweb. Later this year, Gizmodo editor, Jason Chen, may be able to highlight a couple of things on his CV. One is his possibly new status as felon. Extra bilious bits don’t need to be added here, but the Giz’s recent moves look a lot more guilty. John Gruber reckons that Jesus Diaz is hiding out in New York; AppleInsider hold that the iPhone prototype was stolen, not found; Apple don’t like Giz’s shoddy dissection job; and the whole of the law-abiding internet are stymied by Giz’s decision to steal a prototype iPhone.
Me? I just hope Apple clean up the seams and pull the glass safely inside the metal frame.
Following the recent much hyped about scandal around the supposedly lost iPhone 4G prototype by Gizmodo reports have just come in that another one has surfaced, this time in Vietnam on a local Apple fan-boy forum Taoviet.vn. They have put up quite a significant photo gallery of the supposed iPhone 4G. Long story short, it looks almost exactly like the one stolen found at the bar in the US. But this time it actually works!
Late last night Apple released iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 3, the 3rd beta of the hotly anticipated iPhone OS 4.0. In addition to bug and stability fixes, the new beta software addresses multitasking kill commands more elegantly than prior versions of the OS.
Gizmodo’s Jason Chen has spent over a week playing around with a supposed prototype of the iPhone 4G/HD (yup, it was found in a bar in Redwood City) and he’s now all but certain that it is indeed the real deal. Unlike the 3G/3GS, this next gen iPhone has undergone quite the transformation. Here are some of the highlights of what’s different/new:
- Front-facing video chat camera
- Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
- Camera flash
- Higher res. display (960×460 – unconfirmed)
- Split buttons for volume
- Buttons (power, mute, volume) are all metallic
- 3 grams heavier
- 16% larger battery
- Back of iPhone completely flat
Aside from the fact that the unit has the look and feel of a finished Apple product, Jason says that even iTunes and Xcode see this as an iPhone when connected (apparently, the phone can no longer be properly booted as Apple have disabled it remotely). If this is in fact the real iPhone 4G – and it does appear that’s the case – users should be in for a real treat come June/July. Personally, I’m digging the new design; the flat back looks sexy and the front-facing camera will definitely come in handy if video chat does make its debut in OS 4.0. Be sure to head on over to Giz for the complete rundown and video footage of the latest iPhone.
Rumour have, rumour will – whatever. It seems that evidence for Apple’s own binary chat app, iChat, to have some level of support in OS 4.0 is mounting. Apple never ever reveal everything about upcoming software or hardware so the possibility that iChat functionality is among the 100 new features of the new OS is high.
The iPhone 4G may have a front facing camera and even a hi-res screen. In other words, worried spouses over at Apple are hoping beyond hope to find out where their husbands/wives spend those late evening ‘overtime hours’.
It could be argued that a 3,5 inch screen is well tucked in with 480*320 pixels, but current rumours whisper that the iPhone 4G will sport a new, densely-packed 960*640 screen which closely mimes the iFrame video format as well as a front-mounted camera (finally!) More pixels means more CPU time and processing power; it means more heat and the necessity of better dissipation methods. Will it mean a larger iPhone? There are a lot of questions, none of which can be answered now, but stay tuned here as speculation turns to ratification.
Last summer, TouchMyApps discovered that the iPhone 3GS IS capable of playing back HD content, but it seems that Apple have tried to hide HD from iPhone 3GS owners. Perhaps they may push it as a new feature in the: iPhone 4G/HD.
The development community have wrapped 140 000 apps under their collective belt; Apple have seen 3 billion apps downloaded from the App store; and the hitherto iconic iPod is fading into Apple’s focal background even as it surpasses an impressive number of its own: 250 million units sold. Steve Jobs and Apple haven’t made any promises – the iPad isn’t even at market yet. But it has pulled at myriad heartstrings: it has grabbed the spotlight. But why is it important and is it worthwhile to buy, and if so, who will benefit from it?