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iPhone 4 Announced

By John Bee [ Tue Jun 8 2010 8:11 AM ]
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Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off yesterday with the traditional packed-to-the-rafters Steve Jobs keynote. Beyond the expected self-congratulation over the iPad's phenomenal success, the big news was (despite the Gizmodo spoilarz in April) the iPhone 4.

Here's the rundown:

The shell is a complete redesign, and now acts as part of the antenna to improve reception. The newer, faster, and substantially smaller A4 chip leaves room for a much needed larger battery.

The new camera is 5 megapixels, and now sports an LED flash. HD (720p) video recording is available, as well as the ability to edit the video directly on the iPhone. At 960 by 640 pixels, the Retina Display is double the resolution of previous iPhones. This won't, of course, make the most of your 720p video, but the iPhone can display 720p via the dock with VGA adapter (not included).

A forward-facing camera allows for true face to face chat, and Apple has packed in their own video chat application (kind of nauseatingly) dubbed FaceTime. One wonders how this will compare to Skype? The iPhone 4 hasn't forgotten gaming, and significant improvements have been made to the motion-sensing/tilt control as well.

As usual, Apple never reveals something until they're ready to sell it, so pre-ordering through ATT begins in about a week.