The new iPhone is coming - and it's well spunky!
Now that the new iPhone (the 3GS) has been announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), it’s all going to be a bit tumbleweedy around here, given that an estimated 67% of our stories have covered rumours about the new iPhone for the past six months.
But it’s real and it’s coming sooner than you think – 19th June, although we suspect o2 might sell out of initial stock pretty damn quickly. In case you haven’t read elsewhere, the new phone will contain the following new features, all internal…
FASTER PROCESSING – the new iPhone will be much quicker than the previous 3G, the added ‘S’ standing for ‘speed’. We’d sort of hoped it was going to be ‘Spunky.’
SNAZZIER CAMERA – as well as 3 megapixels, the 3GS will have new features such as auto-focus, auto-white balance, auto-macro and auto-exposure. Then there’s the tap-to-focus feature, which will allow you to tap the object that you want to be the main focus of the picture.
VIDEO CAMERA – one of the main missing features of the 3G, the 3GS will record in VGA at 30 frames per second. Videos will be uploadable to YouTube or you can send them via MMS
ENHANCED VOICE RECOGNITION – not only will you be able to dial numbers by saying the name of your contact, you’ll also be able get it to play music by saying the name of your chosen artist. You lazy, lucky bastards.
LONGER BATTERY LIFE – well, slightly longer anyway. The iPhone 3GS will give you 50% more on Wi-Fi (9hrs), 33% more on video (10hrs), 30hrs as opposed to 24hrs on audio, 20% more on 2G talk (12 hrs), and the same 5hr life on 3G.
A COMPASS – yeah, a compass. Erm...
The 3GS will cost up to £184.98 for the 16GB, and up to £274.23 for the new, beefed up 32GB, depending on which tariff you opt for. If you already own an iPhone 3G, you might stick with what you’ve got, as two days before the new handset comes iPhone OS 3.0, as previewed back in March.
The new OS will be free and will include features such as MMS, cut, copy and paste, Spotlight search homepage, landscape keyboard, and best of all, the ability to use your 3G phone as a modem via USB or Bluetooth. There were a few other new bits of stuff from Apple this evening as well, such as a revamped MacBook Pro and an update of the Apple OS (Snow Leopard).
So there you go then. Come back tomorrow when we'll have '10 Apple Rumours We Heard At WWDC That Didn't Come True.' Now what are you waiting for – START BITCHING!
EDIT: o2 have announced a minimum charge add-on charge of £15 per month for customers who want to use the iPhone 3G or 3GS as a modem. The utter howling shits. No price drop on 3G handsets either, in spite of a drop in price to $199 in the States.