It is finally here! The world's thinnest smartphone! The device that is supposed to recreate magic like the first iPhone did! The only Apple gadget to have broken the Apple's rigid law of secrecy! The Apple iPhone 4....
Steve Jobs announced the new shiny enticer on Monday, the 7th of June 2010, at the Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC), held in San Francisco.
For a change, many of the critics who usually find faults with every new Apple gear, seem to be silenced in awe. And why not? The device is super-impressive in terms of aesthetics and offerings. Plenty of new things, along with some that were long due.
The "4" in "iPhone 4" could imply 2 things - Firstly, it is the fourth iPhone incarnation. Secondly, it offers a resolution four times that of the previous iPhones! Moreover, this matches the new operating system that it features too - the iOS4. Hence, the '4' does not actually refer to "4G" like most of us assumed initially.
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The iPhone 4 has a flat rectangular structure with curved edges, unlike the curved-back structure of the previous iPhones. Yet it looks as svelte, sleek and enticing as the others in the family. This has been done to utilise every bit of available space. Hence, real estate within the device has been optimally used.
It has a stainless steel case which offers more strength and a more solid feel, than aluminium does. Moreover, stainless steel is a good conductor for radio waves and makes for best reception of voice and data signals. Thus, this device should not pose any signal reception problems like the iPad initially did.
There's plenty to talk about when it comes to the screen - the iPhone 4 has a 3.5" LCD screen, which offers a resolution of 960x640 pixels - the highest resolution that any smartphone has offered till date. As aforementioned, this resolution is 4 times that of the previous iPhones. Even the contrast ratio offered is 4 times that of the predecessors. Apple prefer calling this high resolution screen as the Retinal Display. It has LED backlight and better viewing angles too.
Another breakthrough that the iPhone has had is the camera. There has been a leap from 3MP to 5MP, which gives many of the Apple fans another reason to smile. Some interesting features about the camera are - LED flash, 5x zoom, recording of 720p videos at 30 frames per second and tap to focus for videos. The 720p HD videos can be edited and shared as well.
The iPhone 4 is blessed with a front facing camera too. Video Calling is another celebrated aspect of this device. It is said to work out-of-the-box. However, at present video calls can be had only using WiFi and between two iPhone 4 devices. The FaceTime feature allows toggling between primary (back) camera and front camera, even during a video call, just by the tap of a button.
Last, and probably the best highlight of the new Apple iPhone 4 is its ability to multi-task. All thanks to the new operating system that it is based on - the iOS4. If Apple would have missed out this important ability, the iPhone 4 would have surely been on the top of the list of annoyances for many and the butt of many jokes too. Although delayed, we're happy it is here.
The A4 processor, which is already the boss in the iPad, is also driving the iPhone 4. There's support for 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. AGPS is supported too. You get the usual access to iTunes and the App Stores. Additionally, even iBooks can be accessed.
Apart from the accelerometer, the iPhone 4 has a gyroscope integrated within as well. This can be used for specific games. Steve Jobs demonstrated the usage of the device's 3-axis gyro with a game of Jenga.
The battery is said to be larger than that present in the older iPhones, and hence, life offered is also higher. Apple claims 7 hours of talktime on 3G, 14 hours on 2G; 10 hours of video-playback, 40 hours of audio playback; 6 hours of surfing the web on 3G, 10 hours on WiFi.
Micro-SIM cards will be used by this mobile phones as well, just like the iPad.
The device will be available in black and white colours. Additionally, you can get blue, pink, green and orange bumpers to deck it up as well.
The Apple iPhone 4 will be up for pre-order on 15 June 2010 and sales will start on 24 June 2010. In the UK, iPhone 4 deals will be available with O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile.
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