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WWDC10 Day 1: iPhone 4 and a new iPad?

WWDC10 (Day 1)

The WWDC10 started today in San Francisco and by now you have all heard the news. The biggest news today was delivered by none other than Steve Jobs himself during his Keynote. That announcement was the a naming of the new iPhone we have all been waiting for. Jobs announced the name as a graphic dropped onto a blue screen with an added smoke effect as the “iPhone 4“! Yes the iPhone 4. Not HD, 4G or 4GS as most of us had guessed. Jobs likes to keep it simple and to the point. It is the 4th generation iPhone and has nothing to do with 4G.

iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 is the same model that had been leaked by Gizmodo a few months back. Jobs made a reference about the Gizmodo leak regarding the new design by jokingly saying “stop me if you’ve already seen this”. The design is boxier compared to the 3rd generation iPhone but I think it is an improvement. My 3GS can be difficult to hold with its beveled back design.

Jobs told the audience at the conference that there are “well over 100 new features” on the iPhone 4 but he could “only share 8 of them” on Monday. He showed off the design saying it is “one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever made” and he also added the new iPhone is “really thin”. The new design is 24% thinner than the 3GS which also makes the iPhone 4 the thinnest smart phone in existence. The iPhone 4 adds better glass and stainless steel making it shine.

The New Design

The new design features glass and stainless steel. It is a beautiful, fine crafted almost retro design. The new Retina Display was by far the best feature on Monday. The media was impressed with its clarity and sharp resolution. You can view email, read books or scan web pages with crisp text. This is all possible by adding 326 pixels per inch or by packing four times the number of pixels into the same 3.5-inch screen.

Click HERE to view a comparison of the  iPhone 4 display versus the iPhone 3GS display.  The new glass is also said to be harder, more scratch resistant, and more durable. An oil-resistant coating is added to keep the screen clean.

The model shown on the WWDC10 screen featured the screws in the bottom by the speakers. There was speculation on the final design as two different models were leaked in which one had screws and one lacked the screws. The screws would have to be there to allow users easy access inside of the phone.

On the left side of the iPhone you will find the mute and volume buttons. The volume buttons have been separated into two separate steel buttons ( + and -) versus the old single volume button design on the 3GS. On the opposite side of the volume and mute buttons you will find the micro-SIM tray.

The front features the home button, the receiver and now the new Front-Facing Camera. With the front-facing camera a new feature called Facetime will allow users to make video calls. On the back is the camera and the newly added LED flash. The bottom has the microphone, 30 pin connector and the speaker. The top features a second mic for noise cancellation, a headset jack and the sleep-wake button.

The lines or cuts that break up the smooth steel band on the sides and top are there for a purpose. Those 3 lines are part of the brilliant engineering of the iPhone 4 which uses the steel band as separate integrated antenna systems. One side of the band uses its antenna for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, while the other side of the band uses its antenna for UMTS and GSM. This is the first integrated antenna engineering of its kind. Along with the stainless steel there is glass on the front and the back for optical quality and scratch resistance.

iPhone 4 Features

  • Chose from a black or white design
  • $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model with contract
  • Pre-order or reserve yours on June 15.  Arrives June 24th in the U.S. France, Germany and Japan.
  • 100 plus new features including:
    • 9.3mm thick (24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS)
    • 2 Mic’s (with noise cancellation) and 2 cameras
    • Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, UMTS, GSM
    • Super high contrast Retina display that is 960 x 640 pixels
    • Retina glass is harder, more scratch resistant, and more durable. Oil-resistant coating to keep the screen clean.
    • Powered by the A4 processor (iPad)
    • Improved battery life: 7 hours talking, 6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours WiFi Browsing, 300 hours of standby
    • Quad band HSDPA / HSUPA that can allow multiple carriers.
    • LED Flash for camera
    • 5 megapixel camera sensor (upgraded from 3 MP in the iPhone 3Gs)
    • 720p 30fps HD Video
    • Video Calling functionality (FaceTime)
    • Gyroscope (3-axis for pitch, roll, yaw)

Other Announcements and Hints

  • Games: Zynga’s Farmville and Activisions’s Guitar Hero will be coming to the App Store.
  • iMovie: iMovie for the iPhone will allow in device editing of your HD movies such as adding music to a video. Cost will be $4.99
  • iBooks: iBooks for iPhone will have the same features as the iPad version and it will be free.
  • iOS 4: iOS 4 update is free June 21st with hundreds of new features.
  • iTunes 9.2 is coming soon.

A New iPad?

Jobs may have dropped a hint that could mean a new iPad with camera is coming soon. I could be wrong here but Jobs said that Apple will ship “tens of millions of facetime devices this year, so there’s going to be plenty of people to talk to”. Is Jobs talking about just the iPhone alone or does he know there are new iPads hitting the market before Christmas? Maybe a new iPod Touch with front-facing camera? We’ll see. I’m hoping for the iPad!

There were also new features added for iBooks on the iPad. iBooks is adding new features for bookmarks, note taking and PDF viewing.

Stay tuned for more info throughout the week on other key features from the WWDC10…..