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Apple reveals iPhone 4 release date

Apple reveals iPhone 4 release date

Apple has revealed that the iPhone 4 will be released later this month across all major territories.

Apple has finally revealed the first official, detailed look of the iPhone 4 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco - announcing that the phone will be available later this month.

The iPhone 4 features an updated design, thinner and flatter than previous models, with glass on the front and back complemented by steel edging. According to Apple it's the thinnest smartphone on the planet, measuring in at just 9.3mm.

The iPhone 4 will launch on 24th June across the UK, France, Germany, Japan and in the US. Pre-orders will begin on 15th June.

Apple has only announced US pricing at the moment, which sees at 16GB iPhone 4 priced at $199 USD as part of a contract, while the 32GB iPhone 4 will cost $299 USD. The previous model, the iPhone 3GS, will drop to $99 USD on contract.

New features for the iPhone 4 include a better screen, boasting 326 pixels per inch, increased battery life, a front facing camera and Apple's new A4 processor. Apple has also included a new Gyroscope to improve motion-sensitive functionality.

Apple's estimates for iPhone 4 battery life say you get seven hours of 3G talk, six hours 3G browsing, 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours music and 300 hours of standby per full charge.

The iPhone 4 will also get the ability to record HD video in up to 720p at 30fps, with iMovie making the move to the iPhone for $4.99 USD.

Those of us who don't want to upgrade from our existing iPhone or iPod Touches will get access to the iPhone OS 4 - now named iOS 4 - on 21st June. It'll be available for all second-gen and up models for free, but won't come to first-gen devices.

iOS 4's major features include multi-tasking and the option to organise your apps into your own folders.

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proxess 8th June 2010, 12:02 Quote
Much more promising than the previous iPhones, tho it took them a while. Definitely worth the cash compared to the iPad, tho compared to an Android phone which is still under half the price without a fidelity contract, tho the OS and build isn't as good, the price difference is still too great.
Almightyrastus 8th June 2010, 12:42 Quote
July 24th has been marked in my calender as new iPhone day for me. Will be upgrading from a 3G so the new toys should be nice.
Tasslehoff 8th June 2010, 12:44 Quote
Although the features are much greater on the new iPhone.
I will continue to use my 3GS which is serving me very well :)

I would of liked to seen the memory increased so the options were 32Gb & 64Gb

BTW although the 3GS is dropping to the lower price point it is also losing memory down to 8Gb
Guinevere 8th June 2010, 12:46 Quote
I'm loving that new screen
crazyceo 8th June 2010, 12:48 Quote
Did anyone see the launch when Jobs couldn't get Safari to work? Hilarious!

They ended up asking people to turn off their Wifi on their own phones. Marketing Genius!
Stewb 8th June 2010, 12:57 Quote
June the 24th Almighty ;)
RichCreedy 8th June 2010, 13:01 Quote
i expect the $ symbol to be changed to £ symbol, the figures themselves probably wont change, or they will increase. [sarcasm] because it costs so much more to sell it in the uk [/sarcasm]
DeathAwaitsU 8th June 2010, 13:09 Quote
I want one just to dual boot android (and maybe 7 series if they do it lol) cuz im 1337 :D
Almightyrastus 8th June 2010, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
June the 24th Almighty ;)

not for me. My contract is up on the 21st of august and I can upgrade up to 1 month earlier than that. The 24th July is the closest Saturday to that. Plus I get paid on the 23rd. Got it all worked out
lacuna 8th June 2010, 13:29 Quote
My 3G still works so no upgrade for me
DriftCarl 8th June 2010, 13:46 Quote
my HTC Desire was free on a £15 a month contract with unlimited data so an iphone would just be a waste of money. Perfectly happy with my HTC and I really cant see the "jagged edges" on the text to want to use the better resolution in the IPhone4.
I guess the video recording is pretty good, but I am sure it cant beat a proper video camera if you are into that sort of thing.
Dissapoited to see only a 5mpx camera, every smartphone released over the last 6 months already has a 5mpx camera and some have higher.
Kamakazie! 8th June 2010, 14:47 Quote
A dissapointing reveal frankly.
The resolution bump is nice but the advantages and disadvantagesof LCD vs OLED mean it's not gonna much if anything of an upgrade from any other high end smartphone in the last year or 2 (great for 3G/3GS users who don't want to move to a superior platform though :p)

5mp camera is nothing unusual although the 30fps 720p recording is good (though many other phones do 720p @ 24fps anyway).

Front camera might be useful to some people but video calling will be stupidly restricted to Wifi only (at least to start with).

No real innovation on the software front.

In the mean time, every other manufacturer will continue to provide better hardware specs whilst other OS' close the gap / surpass iOS and the difference in apps store becomes less & less.

It'll still sell about 20m units though no doubt.
logan'srun 8th June 2010, 15:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kamakazie!

It'll still sell about 20m units though no doubt.

IN august alone. No doubt.
Xir 8th June 2010, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kamakazie!

Front camera might be useful to some people but video calling will be stupidly restricted to Wifi only (at least to start with).

But they can watch you! *readjusts-tinfoil-hat*

Ummm, what's with the pricing? It means nothing. I can sell you a brand new Mercedes Benz for 1$! (with a contract)*

*no, I'm not mentioning the terms...noo, just read 1$ Mercedes Benz!:D
cowtc 8th June 2010, 16:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DriftCarl
my HTC Desire was free on a £15 a month contract with unlimited data so an iphone would just be a waste of money. Perfectly happy with my HTC and I really cant see the "jagged edges" on the text to want to use the better resolution in the IPhone4.
I guess the video recording is pretty good, but I am sure it cant beat a proper video camera if you are into that sort of thing.
Dissapoited to see only a 5mpx camera, every smartphone released over the last 6 months already has a 5mpx camera and some have higher.

It's not the number of pixels that creates a good picture, it's how it's processed that counts. I had an HTC Legend for a while, it just didn't satisfy me like the iphone does. The iphone just does things in a much nicer, easier, simpler and satisfying way. People with other phones keep seeming to have to compare specs with the iphone to get the upper hand. When you own one, you will understand why specs are not all that
hexx 8th June 2010, 16:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyceo
Did anyone see the launch when Jobs couldn't get Safari to work? Hilarious!

They ended up asking people to turn off their Wifi on their own phones. Marketing Genius!

570 available wi-fi networks in that time, no wonder there were problems
hexx 8th June 2010, 16:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kamakazie!
A dissapointing reveal frankly.
The resolution bump is nice but the advantages and disadvantagesof LCD vs OLED mean it's not gonna much if anything of an upgrade from any other high end smartphone in the last year or 2 (great for 3G/3GS users who don't want to move to a superior platform though :p)

yeah, but it's IPS display which changes a lot in comparison to OLED/AMOLED especially in the sunlight
Saivert 8th June 2010, 17:21 Quote
I'm so happy I don't have a need for a smartphone. I still carry with me a Motorola L6. It does VGA pics, sends SMS and makes phone calls. That is all I need.

But I guess if I did need one, you only have to buy Apple one right? Apple makes the better one? or not? hehe.. see what I mean now?
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 8th June 2010, 18:03 Quote
WOW new iphone and it looks.....just like the first one. looks nice but I can't have that much radiation nuking my brain. Betcha Steve Jobs never tells you guys about that.

I wonder will they make you guys buy all those apps all over again?

Want to know how much radiation your iphone is giving off? There's an app for that..a Geiger Counter.
BioSniper 8th June 2010, 18:58 Quote
No, nobody will be forced to buy the apps all over again, same as if you buy a new iPod and have DRM tracks you don't have to buy them all over again
crazyceo 8th June 2010, 19:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by hexx
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyceo
Did anyone see the launch when Jobs couldn't get Safari to work? Hilarious!

They ended up asking people to turn off their Wifi on their own phones. Marketing Genius!

570 available wi-fi networks in that time, no wonder there were problems

Well whose fault is that? Couldn't he use the supposed fantastic mobile internet coverage?
rollo 8th June 2010, 19:44 Quote
nothing the 3gs cant really do so not sure ill be upgrading

think ill wait for iphone 4S which we all know is comming sometime next june ( 2011)
SlowMotionSuicide 8th June 2010, 19:54 Quote
199$ on contract for 16 GB model?

In Soviet Union of Finland, we got 16 GB 3GS for a bit shy of 600 Eur. Man sometimes I hate this country.
HourBeforeDawn 8th June 2010, 20:23 Quote
I LOVED how Steve Jobs during his keynots at the WDCblahblah had network issues with the new iphone and lol when he asked what he should do someone yelled out switch to Verizon lol, awesome... granted it was wifi network issues he was having not cell network but still lol so great to watch that hypocrite flop on his face. :)
Mraedis 8th June 2010, 21:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by SlowMotionSuicide
199$ on contract for 16 GB model?

In Soviet Union of Finland, we got 16 GB 3GS for a bit shy of 600 Eur. Man sometimes I hate this country.

That's with a 2 year subscription to AT&T, read the fine print. ;)
flapjackboy 8th June 2010, 21:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krayzie_B.o.n.e.
WOW new iphone and it looks.....just like the first one. looks nice but I can't have that much radiation nuking my brain. Betcha Steve Jobs never tells you guys about that.

I wonder will they make you guys buy all those apps all over again?

Want to know how much radiation your iphone is giving off? There's an app for that..a Geiger Counter.

Actually, the amount of signal power needed for mobile phones has decreased over the years as technology has advanced. That iPhone you're so worried about frying your brain requires about a quarter of the peak signal strength that an old breezeblock-sized analogue mobile needed and that would just be in low signal areas where it had to boost the gain to get a lock on the local base station. In a high signal area, the signal wattage needed would be a fraction of a watt.
Kamakazie! 9th June 2010, 01:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by hexx
yeah, but it's IPS display which changes a lot in comparison to OLED/AMOLED especially in the sunlight

Thats why i said pro & cons. IPS isn't some magical technology. It's the same technology i have in both my monitor & TV so i am well aware of the advantages.
JaredC01 9th June 2010, 05:27 Quote
I for one, will still be sticking with my iTouch for Apple related uses. For phone uses, I just got an HTC Evo 4G and have not a bad thing to say about it (side 4G not being in Alaska, but that's not their fault).
dark_avenger 9th June 2010, 06:41 Quote
Not all that interested in the new phone but the firmware upgrade with proper multi tasking does sound good.
docodine 9th June 2010, 08:07 Quote
I'm due for an upgrade, can't wait until the 24th. :-)
SlowMotionSuicide 9th June 2010, 10:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mraedis
That's with a 2 year subscription to AT&T, read the fine print. ;)

I did. You need to make 2 year contract with our local servide provider (Sonera), and still just the iPhone costs you almost 600 EUR over the 2 year subsciption period.
Pricester 9th June 2010, 11:11 Quote
Hmm, wording may be slightly off...
Quote:
Apple's estimates for iPhone 4 battery life say you get seven hours of 3G talk, six hours 3G browsing, 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours music and 300 hours of standby per full charge.

Probably, that should be "or" - although I'd be much happier if it was true as written!
rickysio 9th June 2010, 11:16 Quote
It's... Not even really that new.

IPS is worse than what they were already using before in the sun.
http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/11646_Sunlight-the_flaw_in_many_a_ma.php
http://blog.gsmarena.com/pixel-qi-transflective-lcd-trounces-the-ipad-unit-in-broad-daylight

Retina display... Retina display has a Pixel Per Inch of 326, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has PPI of 312, so if you want to see how good Retina display is, go check out an SE X1 or LG Arena, or any other phone with a WVGA resolution with a 3.0" screen or smaller. It has been observed that the unaided human eye can generally not differentiate detail beyond 300 PPI. I formerly owned an Arena, and frankly, I can't even see a pixel in my N900. Talking about high PPI... Kopin unveils smallest color SVGA display - optics.org

In other words : You should have gone with Super AMOLED, Jobs. I'd probably jump ship from my N900 to an Galaxy S when I can, but I'm still evaluating the merits and cons of switching, and day by day it becomes less tempting.
Bauul 9th June 2010, 12:58 Quote
It's a damn good phone, no doubt, but it simply isn't value for money compared to equally good phones like the HTC Desire.

And that is why they have such a small market share: until the price comes down, Apple will continue to be tounced in terms of pure sales volume by everyone else (even Blackberry sells far more than Apple does).
Unknownsock 9th June 2010, 17:26 Quote
I thought Apple products 'just work' so why upgrade? ;)
Kasius 9th June 2010, 18:52 Quote
FINALLY! It's upgrade time, so long 6500!
Tom @ CCL 9th June 2010, 18:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unknownsock
I thought Apple products 'just work' so why upgrade? ;)

The new ones work better!

I for one look set to jump on the Iphone4 wagon, HTC is very very nice but the 3GS in my opinion felt more polished.

Iphone4 with its dimensions should also sit nicely in my pocket.
Nexxo 9th June 2010, 19:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyceo
Did anyone see the launch when Jobs couldn't get Safari to work? Hilarious!

They ended up asking people to turn off their Wifi on their own phones. Marketing Genius!
Quote:
Originally Posted by hexx
570 available wi-fi networks in that time, no wonder there were problems
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyceo
Well whose fault is that? Couldn't he use the supposed fantastic mobile internet coverage?
He could, but he'd have had to tell it to ignore the WiFi and switch to 3G. Unless you set it up not to, the iPhone will always try to use the fastest available network signal it can register.

AMOLED screens are nice (I've seen a few, and they are nice) but their daylight visibility is poorer than on the iPhone LCD screen and the colour values and contrast are off too (not that it really matters. It's just a mobile phone, y'know?).
NuTech 9th June 2010, 19:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
AMOLED screens are nice (I've seen a few, and they are nice) but their daylight visibility is poorer than on the iPhone LCD screen and the colour values and contrast are off too (not that it really matters. It's just a mobile phone, y'know?).
As somebody who used one for quite some time, 'poor' doesn't even begin to describe it. Thankfully we don't get too many very sunny days, otherwise I would of returned it in a heartbeat.
wuyanxu 9th June 2010, 19:36 Quote
will hopefully be getting one of this on Vodafone on release, my first generation iPhone jailbroken+unlocked to Vodafone have served me well, a must have when i was on holiday in north Wales yesterday.
RichCreedy 9th June 2010, 23:34 Quote
i just found out that if i want an early upgrade to iphone 4, it will cost me £240 as my current contract doesnt run out til next year.

if it ran out july this year, i could have a free upgrade :(
haddow64 10th June 2010, 17:12 Quote
I couldn't have broken my just out of contract 3G at a better time (for anyone who owns an iphone, even with a case, watch out for things like keys in your pockets breaking the pins on the docking port :() Pricey to fix, so not worth it with the upgrade on my contract.

Oh well o2 shop here I come on the 24th
Cerberus90 10th June 2010, 20:43 Quote
How the hell do you fit a gyroscope in something that thin??? :D

The gyroscope I had when I was younger was a 10cm sphere with a rotating mass in it.

Or do they have electronic gyros now??
Nexxo 10th June 2010, 20:56 Quote
They've had electronic gyro's for ages. They are chip-based things based on tiny vibrating parts.
jaseuk 10th June 2010, 21:47 Quote
My upgrade just came round so I will picking one of these up on the 24th or shortly after :D
bw67958 17th June 2010, 17:24 Quote
They can put gyroscopes in bulletts, that's how small they can be!

For the price they're asking (£500 - £600) you would have thought the new iphone should have the best hardware etc for a smartphone but it's still playing catch up to things like samsung i8910hd, sony xperia etc!
Tom @ CCL 17th June 2010, 18:12 Quote
The hardware is irrelevant to a point.

As long as it does the job I want it to with a seemless experience what is under the hood does not concern me.
NuTech 17th June 2010, 18:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bw67958
They can put gyroscopes in bulletts, that's how small they can be!

For the price they're asking (£500 - £600) you would have thought the new iphone should have the best hardware etc for a smartphone but it's still playing catch up to things like samsung i8910hd, sony xperia etc!
Okay, I'll bite.

What exactly does the iPhone4 need to 'catch up' with in comparison to either the i8910HD or Xperia?
Nexxo 17th June 2010, 21:05 Quote
Yes, I'd be very interested to hear the answer to that one. :)
Simnol 18th June 2010, 23:16 Quote
Think I'll skip this generation and wait for the next iteration, with any luck it might be 4G
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