The new iPhone has been announced today along with a name change from iPhone OS 4.0 to iOS 4.0. And unlike any other firmwares before, the 4.0 update will be FREE for all users, including those holding the iPod Touch. But with all that aside, let’s get to the real thing: iPhone 4.
The new iPhone includes new technology called the Retina Display, which packs in 326 pixels per inch (ppi). Since the human eye only detects around 300 ppi, it is safe to say that you will not be able to see any pixels on the iPhone 4’s screen. This is definitely the biggest part for the iPhone 4, and the resolution is one that’s enough for low-end laptops.
The iPhone 4 will also be faster with the A4 processor chip built into it. This is the same processor that powers the ultra smooth iPad, and it also will provide the iPhone with large increases of battery. It will allow for 7 hours of 3G use, 10 hours of video playback, and much, much more. It’s definitely a huge improvement from the 3GS, as I’ve been able to only get around 4 hours of 3G use; maybe even less.
As for the camera, iPhone 4 will allow for video calls using the front-facing camera. This isn’t much of a surprise here, and this is the part when it gets a little disappointment. Given all the problems AT&T is having, video calls will only be available for people on a WiFi network, and it can only be executed from one iPhone 4 to another. While I’m sure there’s some jailbreaker out there able to get it working on 3G, for now, it’s WiFi only.
The camera has also been improved to 5-megapixels with 5-times digital zoom. While not mind-blowing, it’s a noteworthy upgrade. The best part comes at this next statement: the new iPhone will shoot HD videos up to 720p. That’s a feature that most smartphones aren’t able to do, and it gets even better with the new iMovie app that will be available on the App Store for $4.99 once the iPhone is released.
The iMovie app will allow for movie editing, and while it’s hard to picture how we’re going to accomplish that on such a small screen, it’s still pretty darn cool nonetheless.
We told you so. Activision announced the release of Guitar Hero for the iPhone with a new “strumming” method for users. I haven’t had enough hands-on time to get a good first impression for the game, but from the outside, it definitely looks good. I’ve had enough of Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band for once, and Guitar Hero has always been my favorite rhythm game.
In other non-gaming news, Netflix announced that they were bringing their app to the iPhone this summer, which shouldn’t be too far away. 3G streaming or WiFi, we don’t know, but it’s nice to finally have movies without having to sync them.
Apple also announced that the iBooks will be updated to support taking notes and downloading (or opening) PDFs. You will be able to jot down some text using most likely your finger onto your eBooks, making for a nifty feature for all you note takers out there.
This is by no means a disappointment, and Apple did a great job with the new iPhone announcement. While the iPhone 4 was leaked more than any other iPhone, some features such as the HD video and iMovie came as a surprise to me. The Keynote address has not been uploaded to Apple’s website yet, but keep looking for it. It should be up within the day.
iPhone 4 will be released on June 24th, and iOS 4.0 will be released on the 21st.