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iPhone 4 and iOS Have Arrived

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010, 12:25 PM

Yesterday, the world waited with bated breath as Steve Jobs took the stage at the WWDC (Apple Developers Conference) in San Francisco. It had been rumoured for months that Jobs would announce a new operating system and sleek body for the iPhone, the iPhone 4. Jobs described the new model, which Gizmodo had already leaked on April 19th, as “the most precise, beautiful thing we’ve ever designed”. Keep reading for our run-down of some of the most noteworthy iPhone developments and new features Jobs then divulged.

The Hardware
A new iPhone and finally a new design. MobileCrunch argue that the “new squared-off look is a signal from Apple that this is an entirely new phone, not just an iteration of the original. You might say this is the true sequel to the iPhone, the 3G and 3GS being merely refinements of the original design.”

The new body is marked by its 3.5-inch “Retina” IPS LCD display, which sports 326 pixels per inch and is 960 by 640 pixels. Appropriately, Apple has dubbed it as “resolutionary,” insisting that “once you use a retina display, you can’t go back.” The screen is encased in glass that is allegedly almost as strong as sapphire crystal! This will hopefully remedy the old iPhone’s cracked screen problem.

While these are massive advancements in and of themselves, the most exciting development of the iPhone 4 is undoubtedly Face Time. Although the feature is currently only supported between two iPhone 4s, the ability to make high-quality video calls is the stuff sci-fi dreams are made of. With both the front and back cameras (which have also been massively improved and now possess 5 megapixels), you’ll be able to use Face Time anywhere with Wireless. This will no doubt have an immeasurable impact on the way we communicate with our friends and family–but also on how, where and when we do business.

The Software
iOS will be available starting next month on the iPhone 4 (with 100 new upgraded features), and as a free software upgrade for the 3G, 3GS, iPad, and second and third generation iPod Touch with 32GB or 64GB storage. New developments include the option of using Microsoft Bing as a new search engine, the ability to multitask and the availability of iAds and iBooks. Here’s what else you can look forward to:

New App Organisation: You’ll be able to manage up to a staggering 2160 apps on your device. You’ll also have the ability to organise them into folders with the trusty Apple trademark drag-and-drop function and, Apple has also added the option of gifting friends with apps.

Email overhaul: Users will now be able to open attachments with third-party applications. Messages and emails will filter into a single inbox, there will be a spell checker in Mail, and Bluetooth will be enabled for Wireless Keyboards.

Multimedia functions: iMovie for the iPhone will allow users to edit footage on the go. The new camera allows for a 5 x zoom, and playback interaction improves with tap-to-focus video. A new photo feature entitled Faces and Places (which you might already know from your desktop iPhoto) lets users organise their images by location and subject.

Read more about iPhone 4 and iOS at MobileCrunch, TechCrunch and Mashable.

Sophie von Oswald | TribaSpace

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