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iPhone 4

Ok. Today was a big day in the World of Apple. Apple introduced a new, super-slim iPhone 4 today, which Steve Jobs likened to a Leica camera in design and quality. A stainless steel band around the phone’s edge is both structural and part of the antenna. 
  A new “retina” display packs in 326 pixels/inch, supposedly above a 300ppi resolution limit of the human eye at a distance of a foot. The 3.5-inch display offers 960×640-pixel resolution and uses IPS screen technology. 
  The iPhone 4’s other features include a bigger battery (and longer run time), Apple’s “A4” processor (used in the iPad), 32 GB of storage, dual microphones for noise suppression, plus a built-in, 3-axis gyroscope that will be supported by new CoreMotion programming interfaces.

Facing competition from other smartphones, Apple has again upgraded the iPhone’s camera in the new model, switching to a “backside illuminated sensor” for improved low-light performance, while capturing 5 Mpixels (up from 3 Mpixels). There’s an LED flash, and you can tap to focus the lens. And the camera now captures HD video: 720p at 30fps. A $4.99 iMovie app lets you edit video right on the iPhone. 

Jobs demonstrated video conferencing via a second camera that faces the user. This “FaceTime” app uses WiFi only for now; it works iPhone 4-to-iPhone 4 without any special set-up tasks, according to Jobs.

The iPhone 4 is priced at $199 for the 16GB model with a new, 2-year AT&T contract, $299 for the 32GB model. It goes on sale June 24 in black or white, and Apple plans to take pre-orders starting June 15. The iPhone 3GS will drop to $99. Apple is also selling a “bumper” partial-case and new dock for the phone. 
  iOS 4 is due as a free upgrade June 21 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3 and iPod Touch (not all features supported in the latter models). Apple has not given an availability date for iOS 4 on the iPad. (Content above via Macintouch)

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