Gizmodo may have stolen some of Steve Jobs’ thunder with their ‘stolen’ iPhone 4G prototype, but no one can deny Apple’s numero uno his incredibly sexy mojo each time he takes the stage to announce Apple’s latest products. The big news was the heavily anticipated iPhone 4G, which Jobs duly delivered earlier at Apple’s WorldWide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) keynote. Some of the kickass features of the new phone include:
(Key factors that will entice me to upgrade are in blue.)
- Front-facing camera with rear-facing 5-mpx camera featuring a LED flash and backside illuminated sensor for better light sensitivity, and 720p/30fps HD video recording; woot, consumer video cameras are so screwed.
- 3.5″ ‘Retina’ display featuring IPA display technology, 960×640 pixel resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio and 326 ppi
- Glass and stainless steel enclosure with integrated antennae for better cellular reception and stronger build
- 2nd microphone for enhanced noise cancellation
- Apple custom A4 processor + larger battery = awesome battery life; 7 hrs 3G talk-time, 6 hrs 3G browsing, 10 hrs WiFi browsing, 10 hrs video, 40 hrs music and 300 hrs standby
- All-rounded connectivity; quadband HSDPA/HSUPA, 802.11n; 3G feels sluggish almost all the times. I just hope SingTel’s cell microsites will be upgraded to handle the influx of the even larger data-guzzling iPhone 4G
- Sexy new design; at 9.3mm thick, making it 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS; anything that helps make my combined stack of the Blackberry 9700 + iPhone take up less room in my pants pocket will make my day.
- Gyroscope! Together with the GPS and accelerometer, to give the new iPhone the capability to do 6-axis motion sensing
- Storage options of 16/32GB – strangely lower than the iPhone 3GS’ iPad’s max of 64GB; I suspect this choice was made to keep the price at $199/$299
- iPhone OS 4 renamed to iOS 4 – moving towards an integrated naming for its mobile OS; notable features include multi-tasking (finally) and Facetime (open video call protocol)
Apple’s flagship iPhone will go on sale in US, France, Germany, UK and Japan on June 24th, followed by Singapore and 17 other countries in July. Come September, the distribution of the iPhone 4G will span 88 countries. I must say, this is one of Apple’s fastest new product rollouts across the world – apart from jumping off their dormitories, the folks over at Foxconn must have been hard at work churning them out by the bucket loads.
Steve Jobs and his hordes of engineers do a really good job of putting in just enough features and upgrades to make consumers want to upgrade, even though they’ve only just gotten the iPhone 3GS less than a year ago. The new features on the iPhone 4G also make owning both the iPhone and the iPad a more sensible choice – I had originally found myself using my iPhone 3GS a lot less after I had the iPad.
I’ve queued for the phones on the first day they were launched in Singapore for the past 2 years, first for the iPhone 3G and then again for the iPhone 3GS. I think I’m going to be smarter this time round, and go during the final hours on the last day of the launch weekend.
I‘d love to root for Android, but it’s just losing out in the war for consumer interest. It doesn’t matter that an increasing number of developers are hating Apple and their high-handed ways – consumers hold the ultimate vote in the battle between both mobile platforms; for every disgrunted developer that calls it quits on Apple, there are 5 others who hop on board.