Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Apple's New iPhone 3GS launches at WWDC

Apple unveiled a new, high-speed version of the iPhone that will come to market later this month. The device will be known as the iPhone 3GS, the ‘S’ standing for ’speed’, and will be available from 9 June, Apple announced at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The iPhone 3GS will be priced at $199 for the 16-GB version of the device and $299 for the 32-GB option. The phone will be up to three times faster than the regular 3G iPhone and will include a range of the new features. The 3GS features a new 3.2-megapixel, autofocus camera. Video capture is now possible, and users can edit videos on their handset.

Apple has also introduced voice control, which enables users to control music and make calls by talking to the handset. When it comes to form factor, theappleblog.com noted that the iPhone 3GS looks much the same as the existing 3G iPhone. While the new iPhone was undoubtedly the star of the show, Apple also present a range of new applications for its iPhone portfolio, and a new operating system. The 3.0 OS features a cut-copy-paste ability that works across applications; users can shake the phone to undo.

MMS is finally available and will Apple also be introducing the ability to rent and purchase movies from iTunes on the handset, autofill capabilities, and language support for 30-plus languages.

Its Find My iPhone service for MobileMe customers allows users to track their handset and to remotely wipe data if the phone is lost.

And Apple is doing digital books in partnership with Scroll Motion, bringing 50 major magazines and 1 million books to its app store.

Battery life has been further improved. You will get up to 12 hours of talk time on 2G and 5 on 3G, with a up to 300 hour standby time. On 3G, it will deliver 5 hours of internet use. On Wi-Fi, Internet goes up to 9 hours. Video playback is 10 hours vs 30 hours for audio.

Another big news, Apple has also simultaneously announced a cut-price $99 version of the 3G iPhone (it's certainly becoming very affordable to own one).

Apple's announcements drove home the idea that the company remains committed to making complicated features, like video-recording and editing and voice controls, easier than anyone else on the phone. That coupled with new price points and models will likely continue the company's impressive growth no matter what phone is launched by other handset makers.

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