Apple’s WWDC 2009 event is already behind and we were lucky to hear exactly what we’ve all been waiting for, as Cupertino unsurprisingly announced a new iPhone device, also known as the iPhone 3G-S, with the “S” referring to “Speed”, as for faster and stronger than previous iPhone 3G model. The event itself started with Apple’s staggering revelation, claiming there are over 50,000 apps in the App Store and more than 1 billion application downloads in the last 9 months period – which is quite overwhelming, to say the least. Once ending with those astonishing details, Apple has proudly introduced the official iPhone OS 3.0 platform, which suppose to go live on June 17th, free of charge, while iPod Touch users, repeatedly deprived, with Apple asking them to pay $9.95 for getting the update. As for the Os 3.0 version, apparently it’ll bear inside most of the things we’ve been writing about for quite some time, including Copy/Paste, MMS, A2DP stereo Bluetooth, Peer-to-peer connectivity, 30 integrated languages , landscape keyboard, real turn-by-turn TomTom GPS navigation system, Autofill support, Find My iPhone compatibility, internet tethering connection, “rent and purchase” online service (purchase movies directly from your iPhone), and other cool add-ons you can read about, in here (overall, over 100 new features).
Heading forward, after endless speculations and about one million rumors floating around, the star of the day, which is probably the fastest iPhone device ever made, was finally introduced with stronger processing elements and upgraded data speed – standing at 7.2Mbps HSDPA, instead of only 3.6Mbps on previous model. In terms of design, the new iPhone 3GS boasts the same sleeky rounded body, its 3G predecessor had, only this one has a lot more to offer, with a brand new 3 megapixels autofocus camera that can easily capture videos at 30fps in VGA mode, along with in-phone edit / adjustment capabilities. Another cool feature that Apple was kindly adding to this wonderful machine is the Voice Control function, that seamlessly brings up a whole different user interface that lets you do various things like making calls or handle your iTunes whenever holding down the Home button control. And if that wasn’t enough, a “revolutionary” battery that holds up to 12 hours of 2G talk, or 5 hours of 3G chat is part of this affordable package. Speaking about affordable, Apple has really gone wild this time with prices dropping down to $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB when it goes on sale on June 19th, in 80 countries across the world – with current 8GB 3G version remain in the market for ONLY $99 a piece. Hit the jump to checkout the comparison table together with a group of images from yesterday’s event.
Update1: Looks like T-Mobile Netherlands wasn’t told about the embargo that Apple was casting on specs or any other information related to the new iPhone 3G-S device (at least until official release, on June 19th). According to the company’s website, Apple’s new wonder will presumably pack a 600MHz CPU with 256MB of RAM. That’s up from 412MHz and 128MB of RAM in both previous generations, which is roughly twice as fast as previous hardware. Check the specs image after the break.
Update2: In case you really can’t wait for the official release, take a look at the new video (in Portuguese) after the break, featuring the brand new iPhone 3GS with some of the new features inside.
iPhone 3G S
|Price||$99 8GB ($299 for ineligible upgraders)||$199 16GB, $299 32GB ($399 and $499 for ineligible upgraders)|
|Processor||412MHz ARM 11||Unknown, “on average up to twice as fast”|
|Graphics capability||OpenGL ES 2.0||OpenGL ES 2.0|
|Camera||2.0 megapixel fixed focus||3.0 megapixel autofocus with macro mode and auto white balance|
|Video recording||None||30fps VGA with on-device editing capability|
|Voice control||None||Dialing, music control|
|Wireless technologies||3.6Mbps HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR||7.2Mbps HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR|
|Water- and oil-resistant finish||No||Yes|
|Integrated magnetic compass||No||Yes|
|Included headphones||Standard||Inline remote for music control|
|Battery life||Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 10 hours on 2G
Up to 6 hours data on WiFi
Up to 24 hours audio
Up to 7 hours video
|Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 12 hours on 2G
Up to 9 hours data on WiFi
Up to 30 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
|Dimensions||115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm||115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm|
|Weight||133 grams / 4.69 oz.||135 grams / 4.76 oz.|
[all images and table – courtesy of engadget]