Iphone 4 is here and it’s AMAZING
Live from WDC2010, will post coverage as soon as it ends in about 10 min!
Wow, some amazing things were covered today with the iphone 4 release. We’ve all seen the leaked pictures from Gizmodo (no need for a link, you know where to go), so aesthetically there is no need to really go over the overall design of the body. One thing I will mention regarding the design, is that a lot of people were saying “Oh why does it have the metal band around the edges?” The metal band is actually stainless steel, and it acts as an antenna for the iphone 4. Some people also complained about the compatibility of their old cases and whether or not it will work with the new phone. Your answer is NO. But don’t be cheap, just go out and buy another case for $20-$50.
A part of the Keynote that is hard to grasp with pictures, is the difference in the quality of the LCD being used on the new iphone 4, it uses Retina Display, allowing the screen to display up to 4x that of the current iphone screen (I may be wrong in this fact, my notes are scattered as I tried to keep up with all the information being presented).
As most of you know, the iphone 4 has a front facing and rear facing camera, the rear facing now having a LED flash and is 5 megapixels, with a low light sensitive camera.
The most amazing part is that the new iphone also films in TRUE 720p, and for $4.99 you can buy the imovie app from the app store to edit your movies (titles, transitions, effects) directly from your iphone 4. This is a sad day for the Flip camera!
The front facing camera came as a “Oh one more thing..” towards the end of the keynote, you can now video chat (over wifi currently) to your other friends and family with an iphone 4 via “FaceTime”, and Steve stated that “we are currently working with cellular networks” in order to expand the possibility of being able to do this over your typical cell network.
Some other aspects was the CoreMotion API’s for “extremely precise location” , and Steve spun around on stage with the iphone 4 in his hand and the screen (with wood blocks on it) spun around with him simultaneously.
Also covered was iOS 4 , which is the OS for the new iphone 4, however nothing stunning or amazing was really covered here that we are not already aware of (iads, ibooks etc). Multitasking was covered briefly as well, but again, we were all aware already.
Some of us were expecting to hear something about Tmobile or Verizon availability but most of us know that the official contractual agreement between Apple and At&t is not up until next year (around this same time) , so sorry folks, if your waiting because of carriers….keep waiting.
I am still here and will be updating this throughout the day, so I am sure I missed points here and there, I took over 500 photos so bear with me! Make sure to check back often!