Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

Summary: Apple on Monday released its highly anticipated next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 4. Here's everything you need to know.

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Apple on Monday released its highly anticipated next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 4.

Here's everything you need to know:

Availability

  • Available in-store June 24.
  • Pre-orders start June 15 for the U.S., France, U.K., Germany and Japan.
  • 16GB model $199; 32GB model $299.
  • Available in black and white.
  • The iPhone 3GS now sells for $99.

What's new: outside

  • Yes, the prototype leaked by Gizmodo was the real deal.
  • What's out: the curved look with metal back. What's in: completely flat, with a thicker edge that's a band of stainless steel alloy (5X stronger than steel) that serves as the phone's antenna.
  • At 9.3 millimeters, it's 34 percent thinner than the iPhone 3GS and is currently the thinnest smartphone on the market.
  • "Retina Display": Four times the depth of 3GS. 3.5-inch multitouch IPS ("in-plane switching"), with 960?by?640 resolution. 320 pixels per inch. 800:1 contrast ratio. Oleophobic coating.
  • Front- and back-facing cameras. Back: 5-megapixel with LED flash, supports HD video. Front: VGA, up to 30fps.
  • It has split circular buttons for volume.
  • Second microphone for noise cancellation.
  • Micro-SIM standard.
  • Dimensions: 4.5 in. tall, 2.31 in. wide, 0.37 in. thick. Weight: 4.8 ounces. (a hair heavier than 3GS)

What's new: inside

  • Processor: Apple A4, the same chip used by the iPad.
  • Battery: 16 percent bigger than 3GS; rated for 40 percent more talk time. Ratings: 7 hours talk; 6 hours 3G browsing; 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing; 10 hours video; 40 hours music; 300 hours standby.
  • Three-axis gyroscope joins existing accelerometer and compass.
  • Connectivity: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only); Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

What's new: software

  • iPhone OS becomes iOS; the new version is iOS 4.
  • Selective multitasking.
  • App folders for home screen.
  • FaceTime: videoconferencing over Wi-Fi only in 2010.
  • iMovie for iPhone, with up to 720p support.
  • iBooks: purchases load to iPhone, iPod, iPad (read: iOS devices) for no extra charge.
  • Photo and video geotagging.
  • Unified e-mail inbox.
  • Home screen wallpaper.

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the device:

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones

Andrew Nusca

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

    They list "home screen wallpaper" as a big feature?

    This is pathetic.
    Droid101
    • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

      @Droid101 It's something it could not (due to programming not hardware specs BTW) do before so yes it is a new feature... not a particularly noteworthy one but still.

      And the fact that you find that minor thing to home in on sounds like pure jealousy and some mad hatin for the iPhone...
      athynz
      • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

        @athynz Its also something the jailbreak community has been able to do since day one O_O
        kd342002
      • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

        @kd14523452345whatever... exactly. Not so much a software limitation.
        shadfurman
      • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

        @athynz Or possibly, like the rest of us non-iPhone users, custom wallpapers is just par for the course and he's a bit pissed that apple are all about hyping features that we've expected everywhere else for 5 years.
        blakjak.au
    • Sounds like the religion of Android is scared. (nt)

      @Droid101
      Bruizer
      • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

        @Bruizer - Actually, Android users have animated wallpaper.

        My Droid phone has a spinning galaxy that actually changes perspective (but continues to smoothly animate) as you move left and right to other pages. I have no idea how they manage it without battery drain. Smart developers.

        Anyway, the new iPhone is one great looking piece of hardware. I love Apple products (I'm an iPad owner). But it's still good to be objective, and to realize that adding the ability to change the wallpaper to a different image should be mentioned in the release notes, not as a major new feature.
        Speednet
  • "Available in black and white." Black and white? WOW... double WOW

    I wonder if anyone will pick black and white.
    OS Reload
    • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

      @OS Reload I think they mean the casing colour scheme and not the display
      eireannjon
    • iPhone in Black & White

      @OS Reload

      My son has two phones and is due upgrades on both (UK), so he is getting two new iPhones, one White and one Black (wonder if the backs will swap out, making them truly black&white?).
      sip01
    • It would be REALLY cool if it had an eInk case to custom change

      @OS Reload ... but it doesn't have that feature... its lame... I won't buy one.
      shadfurman
  • Very impressive

    They keep raising the bar. Hand held videoconferencing is now mainstream. The gyro is unexpected. Will be interesting how this will be used.
    People
    • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

      @People I'm guessing the gyro will allow you to stand on one leg in a gale force wind while texting without falling over!
      ootf11_z
    • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

      @People:
      It sure is mainstream. My Nokia's had it for five years! More "Look we just invented this" from Steve & co.
      heymikemason
      • And Nokia still could not take it mainstream.

        @heymikemason

        And your point it? WM did browsing for years too. Poorly.
        Bruizer
      • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

        @Bruizer
        "And your point it?" My point IS that Apple famously pretends they invent things. You know, multi-touch? Whether or not the implementation is superior, claiming you created something which someone else has created is dishonest. You know, in the literary world it's called PLAGIARISM. So if you build a better mousetrap, by all means toot your own horn. But don't walk in the room dressed as George Jetson and say, "I invented the mousetrap."
        heymikemason
      • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

        @heymikemason

        Can you point out where Apple used the word "invent?"
        msalzberg
  • Ho Humm

    I guess the Apple fans will dump their older iPhones and run to get this one but my next phone is going to be a Droid.
    Baer
    • RE: Apple iPhone 4: Everything you need to know

      @Baer
      I want a Streak.
      but may get a 4G for the games :-)
      oh wait. higher resolution will mess with a lot of them.
      crap!
      rhonin
      • Nope.

        @zenwalker

        The higher res won't mess with any of them. Why would it?
        Bruizer