Update as of September 21, 2010:
iPhone 4 is now officially available in the Philippines via Globe. For pricing scheme of Globe iPhone4, kindly click on the link.
After a series of controversial leaks, the fourth iteration to Apple's ultra-famous smartphone line, simply named iPhone 4 (previously speculated to be named iPhone 4G or iPhone HD), was officially announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs last night at WWDC10 held in California, USA.
"iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone," Jobs noted. "FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades."
"You gotta see this in person. This is beyond the doubt, the most precise thing, and one of the most beautiful we've ever made. Glass on the front and back, and steel around the sides. It's like a beautiful old Leica camera," Steve Jobs followed up on phone's design identity.
iPhone 4 is said-to-be thinnest smartphone ever — measuring only 9.3 millimeters — with an all-new design and build quality like none of its predecessors nor of any other phone in its category. Said to be as tough as sapphire crystal, the front and back are made of aluminosilcate glass that's chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, more scratch resistant and more durable than regular glass. The front and back glass have an oil-resistant coating that helps keep it clean and grime-free.
Encircling iPhone 4 is a svelte stainless steel band made of a custom alloy that is forged to be five times stronger than standard steel. But this just not any regular steel band; It's actually part of the device's antenna system, giving the phone stronger signal reception for Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity and in all supported phone frequencies.
Breakthrough Retina Display
iPhone 4 dons a 3.5 inch Retina display with 960 x 640 pixels -- that's four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78 percent of the pixels on an iPad. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when the phone is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look smoother, sharper and more realistic than ever before on an electronic display.
FaceTime on iPhone 4 allows you to see your loved ones and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Using it as easy as making a regular voice call, with absolutely no set-up required. You can even instantly switch to the rear camera to show loved ones what you're seeing with just a single tap.
5 MegaPixel Camera
iPhone 4 features a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor and built-in LED flash that allows you to take amazing pictures even in low light and dark environments. iPhone 4 lets you record and edit HD video (at 720p / 30 frames per second) and the popular tap-to-focus feature now works while recording video. You can use the iPhone 4's LED flash for both still photography and video recording.
New Operating System
iPhone 4 runs iOS 4 (previously known as iPhone OS 4) with its A4 processor that provides exceptional processing power and graphic performance along with long battery life. iOS4 is the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system coming with a slew of new features, including but not limited to Multitasking, enhanced Mail, Folders, deeper Enterprise support and Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform.
Multitasking allows users to instantly switch between apps while preserving battery life. With Folders, users can easily organize their apps into collections by simply dragging one app on top of another. A folder is automatically created and intelligently named based on the category of apps selected. In addition, users can now customize their lock and home screens with an array of supplied wallpapers or with any of the photos on their phone.
iBooks and 225,000 other apps
Like the iPad, iPhone 4 also supports iBooks app, which users can download for free at the App Store. iBooks App that comes with iBookstore, is tagged by Apple as "the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product."
The iBooks app syncs your current place in a book, along with any bookmarks, highlights and notes you have created, between copies of the same book on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Not so much into iBooks? Well, you can always choose another app you like from the 225,000 that are currently available in the App Store. App categories include games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel among others.
Battery Life and Connectivity Options
Phone 4 delivers seven hours of talk time on 3G networks and up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi. It stays up for around six hours on 3G and gives up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback.
iPhone 4 offers 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and even adds quad-band HSUPA to provide 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.8Mbps uplink capability.
Pricing and Release Date
iPhone 4 comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on June 24 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4 beginning Tuesday, June 15 from the Apple Online Store or reserve an iPhone 4 to pick up at an Apple Retail Store. [via Press Release]
We're still awaiting word from Apple Asia Pacific regarding pricing detail and availability of iPhone 4 in the region.
Watch Steve Jobs unveiling iPhone 4 to a crowd of 5,000 developers:
Here are the official iPhone 4 press shots:
Finally, watch the official iPhone 4 Introduction Video: