After a long history of unofficial leaks and fake photos, Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally introduced the next generation of its touchscreen handset, now called iPhone 3G. It’s highlights include 3G network support, inbuilt GPS with A-GPS, longer battery life and better overall design. Other than packing a few new features, it will be made available in two different color models, which are black and white.
The new 3G iPhone will also come with iPhone 2.0 software supporting Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync all approved third-party applications that were built using Apple’s very own iPhone SDK. The iPhone SDK has reached 250,000 downloads so far, according to Apple, and with the release of iPhone 3G, more developers will surely come on board.
Now, the iPhone rocks UMTS, HSDPA, GSM, Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR in its sleek and shiny metallic body, and not to mention a highly advanced operating system in Mobile OS X.
The same multi-touch features that early adopters have come to love are also available with the new 3G iPhone. The iPhone 3G also offers “10 hours of talk time on 2G networks and 5 hours using 3G, with up to 5 to 6 hours of web browsing, up to 7 hours for video playback and up to 24 hours for audio playback,” according to Apple.
Additional features of the iPhone 3G also include real-time tracking via the built-in GPS, mass move and delete multiple email messages, contact search, scientific calculator,and parental controls. iPhone 3G also allows saving of images directly from a web page or email to the internal memory. Sadly there is still no copy/paste feature.
iPhone 3G will hit 22 countries around the world on July 11th, with a suggested retail price in the US of $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model with 2-year AT&T contracts. Rollout in other countries would follow later this year.
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