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iPhone 4 and iOS 4

June 30 2010

If you’re anything like me, you were glued to today’s keynote from Steve Jobs at Apple’s WWDC.  Then again, most of you probably aren’t as much of a geek as I am.  In any event here’s what went down today in Cali…

iPhone 4 (The Hardware)

A lot of the new hardware nuggets came as no surprise since Gizmodo got their hands on a prototype over a month ago and released the details to the world.  (A move that got them banned from today’s events, by the way.)   In general, the iPhone took some serious steps forward, even if some say that it was really just catching up.  Here’s a run down of the new hardware:

  • Processor: Apple A4 (Same processor in the iPad)
  • Storage – 16GB or 32 GB
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3.5″ screen size
  • Retina Display (Fancy marketing speak for Bad A, high-resolution display
  • 5 megapixel with LED Flash
  • Front facing VGA Camera for video chats
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Battery – 7 hours talk, 40 hrs audio, 10 hrs video
  • A friggin GYROSCOPE
  • Weight – 4.8 oz

iOS 4 (The Software)

The software is what has kept the iPhone on top for the past 3 years.  As you probably noticed above, the hardware (besides the design) is relatively average at best.  The UI’s simplicity, sleek design, and of course the apps are what have set the iPhone apart since it came on the scene.  Here is what’s new in iOS 4.

  • The name: Previously iPhone OS 4, will now be called iOS 4
  • MULTI-TASKING!!
  • Folders (this is a personal favorite of mine)
  • Enhanced mail app
  • iBooks (I’ll never read a book on my iPhone. I guarantee it.
  • Tap to focus video
  • Faces and Places in photos
  • Home screen wall paper–Seems too distracting, but who knows in person
  • Spellchecker–I need this more than any of the above.
  • Plus many more

So what’s the verdict?  I’m buying one ASAP.  I am one of the lucky ones who had their upgrade eligibility moved up by AT&T.  That is much appreciated, even if you make me get rid of my Unlimited Data plan and if you drop 50% of the calls I make.

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