New Apple iPhone gets official as iPhone 4. 960 x 640 pixels Retina Display, HD video and more
As expected, today Apple has announced the fourth generation iPhone, which is not called iPhone 4G, and neither iPhone HD, but simply iPhone 4.
Steve Jobs says that iPhone 4 represents “the biggest leap since the original iPhone.” The new handset looks a lot like that leaked prototype we’ve seen many times until now.
It’s 9.4mm thick (“24% thinner than the iPhone 3G”), and it comes with a 3.5 inch so-called “Retina Display”, which features “326 pixels per inch” – that’s 960 x 640 pixels. “There has never been a display like this on a phone” says Steve Jobs, adding that the IPS technology used by the new display is “quite a bit better than OLED.” No mention of Samsung’s Super AMOLED display, though.
Here are some of the new features the iPhone 4 has:
- iPhone OS 4 – which has been renamed to “iOS 4” for some reason
- 3-axis gyroscope (great for gaming)
- 5MP camera with LED flash, tap to focus and “backside illuminated sensor” which should make photos taken in low-light conditions look better
- HD video recording (720p at 30fps)
- Front-facing camera for video calling (video calling will be made via an app called FaceTime; sadly, it will work only via Wi-Fi this year, but Apple is working with carriers to make it available via 3G, too)
- Better battery – up to 300 hours of stand-by time
- iMovie (available for $4.99 in App Store)
- Netflix (available for free later in the summer)
- iBooks (like on the iPad)
- iAds – “to help developers make money”
The Apple iPhone 4 will be available in both black and white. Prices are as following (no surprise here, really):
- iPhone 4 16GB – $199
- iPhone 4 32GB – $299
The new iPhone will be available starting June 24 in 5 countries (US, UK, France, Germany and Japan). Pre-orders start on June 15. iPhone 3GS now costs $99.
iPhone OS 4 aka iOS4 will be made available starting June 21 to iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch owners, for free.
(photos via Engadget)
Official iPhone 4 photos should be unveiled pretty soon, so we’ll make sure to update this article.