A first glimpse of iPhone 4

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Screenshot from Apple.com

Within moments of Steve Jobs’ keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developers conference, the front page of Apple.com had already changed.

iPhone 4. This changes everything. Again.

Yeah, right. We already knew about some of the long-awaited multitasking features in iPhone OS 4.0. We knew the body would be changed. We figured the screen would improve.

How much more could really change?

Quite a bit, actually.

  • The screen: The new display, dubbed Retina, offers a resolution of 326 pixels per inch, quite a bit sharper than my current first-generation iPhone. It is also covered by a harder, more scratch-resistant cover than previous iterations.
  • The camera: The new iPhone has two cameras: a front-facing camera for video calling, and a back-facing camera with an LED flash. The 5-megapixel camera is capable of shooting 720p HD video.
  • Video power: The device is capable of editing video with a mobile version of iMovie.
  • Size: It’s a slim 9.3 millimeters (compared with 12.3 mm for the iPhone 3GS), and features stainless steel housing.

Pre-orders begin June 15, and the phones will actually be available June 24. Upgrade pricing for AT&T customers: A 16GB model will be $199, and a 32GB will be $299, according to reports from the conference. Those customers not eligible for upgrades will have to pay $499 or $599 respectively.

Battery power still seems to be an issue. Apple engineers were able to eke out an additional hour of Internet usage (6 hours of Internet on the iPhone 4 via 3G vs. 5 hours on the iPhone 3Gs) and two hours of talk time (7 hours on the iPhone 4 vs. 5 hours on the 3GS). You can also get up to 40 hours of audio playback on the iPhone 4, compared with 30 hours on the iPhone 3GS.

What do you think? Game-changer? Or does an Android phone — with its more open stance toward developers — seem more appealing?
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