iPhone 4 - multitasking, Bing, video calling... sort of
Well, for those of you that haven't wet your pants and gone to change, here's your first look at what the world has known about for months - the new iPhone 4, looking identical to the photos of the prototype leaked previously:
Bizarrely, the iPhone has glass both front and rear, doubling the probability of cracking it. There's a forward facing camera, the regular camera has a LED camera, a voice cancellation mic, as well as the steel ring casing that acts as the phone's antennae. The screen has what Apple call a Retina Display - it packs in 960x640 pixels, or 326 pixels per inch - the resolution pushes pixelation beyond the limit of the human eye.
Other souped-up specs include 7 hours of 3g talk, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 10 hrs of Wifi Browsing, 10 hrs of video, 300 hrs of standby - an improvement of up to 40 per cent in the battery life.
What else? There's a gyroscope thrown in to enhance gaming, and a new camera system that includes a 5 megapixel camera (only four years behind the Nokia N73, then) with 5x digital zoom and capability to both shoot and edit HD video using a new iMovie app. iBooks launches as an iPhone app too.
While Google is staying the default search engine for iPhone4, Bing has also been included as an option.
Apart from announcements about apps and iAds as well, there was one more thing at the end of tonight's presentation - video calling on the iPhone 4, called Face Time. Boom! Except. Oh. Other handsets already do that, don't they, and it only works where's there's WiFi available - it isn't supported by the networks. Balls.
As for the price, the iPhone 4 isn't going to rip the arse out of wallets like previous models, at least if you're in the US - $199 for the 16GB version, and $299 for 32GB. Irritatingly, the iPhone 3G, which was still Apple's newest handset just over a year ago, will now cost $99. The iPhone 4 is confirmed as going on sale in the UK from Thursday 24 June, so at least our earlier prediction was in the ballpark.