Today was the WWDC (world wide developer conference) for Apple and as they usually are, it was a platform for announcing new products. Now most of you that read this are not really interested in the tiny details but if you were interested in the iPhone then I’ll try to keep it relevent. But… My nerdness might come out just a little.
- Size — The new iPhone 3GS comes with either 16GB or 32GB.
- Guts — a faster processor and a 7.2Mbps HSDPA-compatible radio.
- Camera — 3.2 megapixels and added auto-focus and geotagging support.
- Video — 30fps video recording, video editing, video sharing.
- Compass — Know where north is. Yay.
- Battery life — 5 hours of 3G talk time and up to 24 hours of music playback.
- OS — Tethering is now covered, though we still don’t know how AT&T will handle it
- TomTom was on hand at the keynote to demonstrate its iPhone app/accessory combo.
- 3.0 will be available beginning June 17th — free for iPhone owners, $9.95 for iPod Touch owners.
- Landscape keyboard functionality for all programs
- Push notifications from apps with the 3.0 software
- Price — As expected, the new iPhone 3GS will ring up at $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version. The current 8GB iPhone 3G will hang around and drop to $99 starting today.
What we didn’t know:
- The 3GS looks exactly like the 3G — no matte rubbery finish, no matching bezel.
- Voice Control is now built in, hi 2002, so you can dial by voice, control iPod playback by voice and so on. We have to admit though, saying “play more songs like this” to initiate the Genius feature is cool.
- Integrated hardware encryption.
- The iPhone 3GS goes on sale June 19th in the US.
So most of this I knew was coming but I am excited for some of the surprises! I had been using the 3.0 software for about 2-3 weeks before today and loved it. I actually used/noticed most of the new features like copy paste, landscape typing, better battery life, audio recorder, and inviting others to calendar meetings. I was REALLY looking forward to a more robust push notification system, something that would tell mr how many emails I have in or a better home daily view of my activities.