Posted on 8-Jun-2010 08:35.
Filed under: News
Apple has presented the new iPhone 4 featuring its A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time, all packed in an all-new design of glass and stainless steel, saying this is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
It also offers 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and adds quad-band HSUPA (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) to provide 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.8Mbps uplink capability.
This is good news for Vodafone New Zealand, which sells the Apple iPhone devices in the country. Util now the iPhone 3G models worked on 850/2100 MHz 3G, which is compatble with Vodafone's main rival, Telecom New Zealand, but not with its own network, which operates in 900/2100 MHz 3G.
Despite Apple assurance the device would be available in New Zealand by the end of July 2010, Vodafone New Zealand has issued a statement that reads "Vodafone will launch iPhone 4, the thinnest smartphone in the world with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, in New Zealand in the coming months. Information on pricing and tariff plans will be made available as soon as possible."
“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 allows video calls 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 just a tap.
Apple’s new 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 on an electronic display.
At 9.3 millimeters the iPhone 4 is the thinnest smartphone with an all-new design that include front and back made of aluminosilcate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, more scratch resistant and more durable than ever. 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. It also 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. A new iMovie app for iPhone available for US$ 4.99 from the App Store lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music.
Developers can access the new 3-axis gyro using the new CoreMotion API to make games and other apps . The 3-axis gyro that when combined with the accelerometer provides 6-axis motion sensing such as up and down, side to side, forward and backward and pitch and roll.
iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, a new version of its mobile operating system, which includes 1500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features multitasking, folders, enhanced mail, deeper enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform.
The new iBooks app will be available for iPhone 4 as a free download from the App Store and includes Apple’s new iBookstore, so users can browse, buy and read books on its mobile device. 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.
iPhone 4 delivers seven hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to ten hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and up to six hours on 3G, and up to ten hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback.
iPhone 4 comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model and US$299 for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores.
It will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on 24 June and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4 beginning Tuesday, 15 June from the Apple Online Store or reserve an iPhone 4 to pick up at an Apple Retail Store.
Also on 24 June 24, a new iPhone 3GS 8GB model will be available for just US$99. iOS 4 software will be available on June 21 as a free software update via iTunes 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch customers.
iPhone 4 will roll out worldwide to other 88 countries by the end of September. iPhone 4 will be available by the end of July in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.