iPhone 4: WWDC Demo by Steve Jobs, Video Chat announced

Monday, June 7th, 2010 | Business | by

Today, June 7, 2010, Steve Jobs demoed the new iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 in SanFrancisco.  iPhone 4 comes out on June 24th

Here are some pieces of information we have been given about the new device:

  • iPhone 4
  • 24% thinner than current iPhone 3GS
  • Mute button looks more reliable (mine always changes in my pocket)
  • Front Facing camera
  • Two mics
  • New Design (the one that was leaked)
  • Metal band around the phone is 2 antennas: Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS — UMTS / GSM
  • Pixel density increased, now a 960×640 display (existing applications already take advantage of this) — called Retina Display
  • An outward facing LED flash
  • 326 dpi screen (better than the human eye can see)
  • 802.11n Support
  • Gyroscope (this is a HUGE deal)
  • 720p at 30fps video recording
  • 5 Mega Pixel camera upgrade (and some other fancy ways that makes their camera better than everyone elses … of course)
  • Extended battery life: 7 hours 3G talk, 6 hrs 3G data, 12.5 days of standby time
  • Upgraded video editing — looks almost like a mini Final Cut :) — quite the large functionality set for a mobile device
  • iMovie for the iPhone will cost $4.99 at the App Store (uh oh, charging for their own functionality)
  • iPhone OS 4 (of course)
  • Video Chat! – over WiFi only, called FaceTime

Throughout the presentation there were a few “funny” incidents.  At one point Steve Jobs’ iPhone 4 wasn’t getting data, and he asked one of his people if they could fix it, and someone (from the audience I assume, otherwise, they are fired) yelled “Verizon!”.

The biggest feature that was announced, which I wasn’t ready for, was the gyroscope.  The iPhone 4 will enable all sorts of cool games / applications that take advantage to more accurate knowledge of the location of the iPhone.  The phone can finally be a window into a virtual world.  Steve Jobs demoed this by playing Jenga.  Moving around the block of wood by moving around the phone.

In case you have forgotten, here are some iPhone OS 4 features — coming June 21st:

  • Multitasking
  • Folders
  • Unified Inbox (for all accounts) if you want
  • Wireless app distribution
  • iBooks — not a big deal, there have been apps available for this for a while, just it’s Apple’s version now
  • iBookstore of course

Another interesting point, iBooks will purchase and distribute to your other devices wirelessly.  Is Apple taking steps to OTA sync (over the air)?

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1 Comment to iPhone 4: WWDC Demo by Steve Jobs, Video Chat announced

June 9, 2010

This iPhone looks really cool. I like 720p at 30fps video recording.

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