Today Apple unveiled the long-awaited and imazing iPhone 4. Despite the fact Gizmodo spoiled the announcement, I’m still more than impressed with what I saw. Enough boring talk, let’s see what this iPhone 4 has to offer.

Features of the iPhone 4

  • 9.3 mm thick (that’s 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS)
  • Front-facing camera
  • Micro SIM
  • LED flash for the camera
  • A second microphone for sound cancellation
  • Integrated antennas
  • Glass on the front and the back
  • 326 pixels per inch display
  • Powered by Apple’s A4 chipset

The integrated antennas

integrated antenna

If you look at the edge of the iPhone 4, you will see 3 lines that are part of the structure of the device. With the iPhone 4, Apple introduced something new. The stainless steel band around the iPhone is actually part of the antenna system.

In other words, the iPhone 4 has got integrated antennas right in the structure of the phone.

Retina Display makes the iPhone 4 an HD device

retina display

In any display, there are pixels. Retina Display dramatically increases the pixel density by 4 in the same amount of space.The result is that you get far more precised display.

Inside iPhone 4

inside iPhone 4

Apple went with a Micro SIM because they needed the place for everything else, especially for the battery, which is the largest component of the iPhone 4.

A bigger battery

iphone 4 better battery

Because Apple gave the iPhone 4 a bigger battery and also because the A4 chip is better at power management, the battery life has been considerably improved. A fully charged iPhone 4 battery will get you as far as this

  • 7 hours of 3G talk time
  • 6 hours of 3G browsing
  • 10 hours of wifi browsing
  • 10 hours of videos
  • 40 hours of music
  • 300 hours in standby

Three-axis gyroscope

three axis gyroscope

Don’t know what a 3-axis gyroscope is? Don’t worry, I guess no one knew what it was until Apple introduced it today. I’m still very confused what this is about but I’m sure we’ll learn more in the next few days.

My guess is that this is a much-improved accelerometer that will make your gaming experience better.

A 5MP camera

iphone 4 5MP camera

I was right when I predicted Apple will add a 5MP camera to the iPhone. Like Steve said, megapixels are nice but cellphone cameras are about capturing light. Apple kept the pixel sensors the same size while increasing them to 5MP.

Last but not least, the iPhone 4 also has a 5X digital zoom and a LED flash.

HD video recording

iPhone 4 HD video recording

With such a nice camera, a powerful chipset, and a beautiful display like the iPhone 4, HD video recording doesn’t really come as a surprise.

The iPhone 4 will record full HD videos, with 720p at 30 frames per second (that’s just amazing) and will come with built-in video editing, and one-click sharing (YouTube, MMS, email, etc…).

iMovie for iPhone

iMovie for iPhone 4

Ok, now I’m going completely nuts just typing this. I can’t wait to have my hands on the new iPhone 4.

For great videos, you need a great video editor. That’s what Apple created with the iMovie for iPhone app.

With iMovie for iPhone, you will be able to edit your HD videos, add titles, transitions, import music from iTunes. According to Apple (and I believe it), there is nothing remotely comparable to this in terms of mobile video editing.

iMovie for iPhone will be for sale in the App Store for $4.99.

iPhone OS 4 is now iOS4

iOS4 APIs

Apple renamed iphone OS to iOS. Why? I suppose the “phone” wasn’t needed anymore now that the same OS goes into the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad.

iOS4 comes with over 1,500 developer APIs, the biggest of them being multitasking.

iOS4 will come to the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch for free on June 21st.

Unified inbox

iPhone 4 Unified Inbox

That’s one simple feature I’ve been waiting for a long time. Now you can get all your emails in one convenient spot.

Bing is not the default search engine

iPhone 4 Bing

Remember the rumor saying the Bing would replace Google as the default search engine on the iPhone? Well, that was just a rumor. Although Bing will not replaced Google by default, it is an option you can choose in the settings, just like you can choose to make Yahoo your default search engine.

iBooks for iPhone

iBooks for iPhone 4

If you liked iBooks on the iPad, you will love it on the iPhone 4.

iBooks for iPhone has the same controls, the same highlighting, the same bookmarking, and the same PDF reading as iBooks for iPad. If you get a PDF in your emails, tap on it and you’ll directly be taken to iBooks where you’ll be able to read, bookmarks, create notes, etc…

Buy one book on your iPad and you can get it on your iPhone for free. Even better, all your notes and bookmarks will automatically sync between both devices.

FaceTime brings video chat to the iphone 4

FaceTime for iPhone 4

This front-facing camera is going to be very useful to make video calling with the iPhone 4.

The downside is that FaceTime is only for iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 and only works over wifi. Apple says they are talking with cellular providers to get things ready for them. AT&T must be shaking right now…

The upside? Apple is going to make FaceTime an open industry standard. I’m not sure but I think this means that devs will be able to work around it to integrate it in their apps (Skype?).

AT&T offering early upgrades

Steve Jobs confirmed that AT&T will be offering generous upgrade offers to anyone whose iPhone contract expires sometimes in 2010. If you’re one of those happy people, you’ll be able to get the new iPhone 4 at the same $199 or $299 as a new AT&T customer.

iPhone 4 for sale on June 24

iPhone 4 June 24

Forget the crazy rumor saying the iPhone 4 would be on sale the same day as the announcement. That was just silly.

The iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order on June 15 and will be for sale in 5 countries on June 24 (US, France, UK, Germany and Japan). 24 more countries will get it in July, and 88 more in September.

Colors and Pricing

iPhone 4 Black White

The iPhone 4 will come in black or white, in 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($299). I’m kinda disappointed about the poor storage capacity…

Conclusion

First, I really want to thank Ryan Block and all the Team at GDGT who provided me with all the images and part of the info contained in this article. Thanks GDGT.

I really trashed Apple and the iPhone 3GS last year because this device didn’t bring anything new. This year though, it’s an all new device, much more powerful and packed with features I couldn’t have dreamed of.

This is the Apple I like. This is a product I want to buy. This is something I believe in. The iPhone 4 is more than ever the phone of the future.

I’m not into waiting in line but I will pre-order my iPhone 4 as soon as it is possible.

What do you think of the iPhone 4? Are you impressed? Surprised?

  • Colten

    I CANT FREAKING WAIT!!!

  • Mark

    Me too! Cant wait!

  • TD

    Regarding pre-orders what is Apple’s history for delivery date compared to launch date in store? Same day, later?

    • TD,

      Last year I pre-ordered my iPhone 3GS. It was delivered at my house at about 10am on the same day.

      I couldn’t wait 6 hours in line for an iPhone, or for anything else for that matter. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have had my iPhone earlier should I have waited in line. I’ll sure do that again this year.

      Sebastien

  • Nice review seb,

    as I’m in uk and on O2 I will have to see what deals there doing on upgrades, as I don’t fancy paying for a new one if I can’t upgrade,

    I’m surprised at how quickly it’s being realsed the iphhone4 after it announcement, but if I can’t upgrade I’ll just wait to ios4 gets released for
    my 3gs as it’s on my birthday that’s if there’s a jailbroking program out by then ha

    Liam

  • Omer

    Very impressed…

  • WOW !!! Nice

  • Stewart Lawson

    Are we looking at release of the Firmware update in 9 days time like last year?

  • Really thats great product in the world. I love it.

  • Mubashir

    That’s Good , i really like it

  • StiXx43

    I am worried about buying this and then they release an upgraded version like the 3gs….

  • Yep

    OS looks stale. New features are cool but then this is pretty much what we all expected. The bad thing is, the only way to get an Iphone 4 is to get raped my America’s least dependable and most expensive (well VZN is high too) network.

  • Redford

    Stunned!=0 I hope dev team is also packed up & ready to release their JB & unlock on the sale
    date=) –> fingers crossed=) bye to 3:’-( hello to 4>:)

  • Vicky

    I can not wait… I want it NOW….

  • Nate

    I can’t wait………till my iphone sells on eBay so that I can get the Nexus One.

  • jdubzisfaded

    oh wow that new iphone looks pretty darn nice. ill admit that apple has the best looking phones. but take this new iphone and stack it next to the iphone 4g. they are almost the same except the iphone has a 5 dollar movie editor. oh wait the evo has almost a full inch bigger screen and 4g networks as well as android sense 2.1. which is like iphone os 5. and if u root ur evo u get the space age froyo 2.2. apple is the past google is the future

  • jdubzisfaded

    i mean evo 4g. and btw i can see apple selling a 4g device next year. lol there release schedule leaves them way behind until wwdc and then it tries to play catch up

  • greytone

    It’s nice and all but I maintain that when I’m done with my 3Gs I’m going to give Android a try for a while.

  • Z

    I wonder if AT&T keeps the same rates for plans when upgrading

  • Jesse

    I am a little concerned about the integrated antenna being exposed and interference due to skin (electrical interference) contact. With the iPhone, it will not be possible to avoid contact so … But, I am sure they have thought of it and tested it, but I have yet to meet an antenna that I couldn’t seriously degrade it’s performance by touching it. My iTouch, there is a certainly place on it where I can’t touch it without my wifi signal dropping 🙁

    Still, I skipped the 3Gs and waited for this phone and it finally has the features that would hands down make me get the new one. IF, big IF, I can get over AT&T consistently dropping calls in my area even with full strength signal.

    Right now biased toward Verizon just because of service and since I am techy nerd anyway, Droid is not really an issue.

    Bottomline, if iPhone 4 with my current unlimited data plan was at Verizon, I would be one very happy camper.

  • neel

    will any1 b able to say whether iOS4 would work on 3gs device or not?

  • Redford

    @Neel: It will work definitely but some features wouldn’t be available due to hardware issues (ex: FaceTime since 3G/3GS doesn’t have front facing camera). It may also be a little slower when you run iOS4 to your 3G’s since the processors is far different.. They will launch new OS on the sale date (24th june) just wait till it pops out to your itunes mentioning “new OS update is available” or you can get it at Sebastiens download page his always updated on this =). Ooops, by the way hands off for the new OS4 update if you don’t want to lose your jailbroken or unlock unit.. better wait for our ever freindly & helpful Dev Team’s announcement=)

  • Polemicist

    iPhone 4…

    Meh…

    Samsung is releasing an entire range of phone/tablets from small (bigger than the iPhone) to very large. Dell is doing the same. HTC is already out with a few devices that still beat the iPhone in a lot of categories. And the iPhone is still the same size it is just a bit sharper.

    *sighs* This mac fanboy still loves his mac but is going the way of the Google crowd and will be buying a Dell mini 10 to put his copy of Snow Leopard on. :/

  • Mike

    Iv got the iPhone 3gs on o2, (I’m in uk) an wondered if the 4g will be on pay as you go?? An if so when an how much?? I’m thinking about £450????

  • HANNA

    WHICH ONE IS BEAUTIFUL. IPHONE 4 BLACK OR WHITE?