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The iPhone 4 was just released at Apple’s WWDC keynote address, and it’s not disappointing at all. To point out a few of the new key-features, it includes

  • Facetime – video calling that can switch between the new front camera to the back camera at any time
  • Upgraded 5-megapixel HD video recording camera with LED flash
  • Retina Display – the highest quality display ever shipped on any phone, with 4 times the amount of pixels than the previous generation iPhone
  • Multitasking
  • HD video recording + editing – records HD video and you can edit videos with the new iPhone iMovie
  • Folders for Apps
  • Steel Bezel with stainless-steel buttons
  • Comes in black or white – both the front and the back of the phone come in the two colors
  • World’s thinnest smartphone at 0.37 inches thick

The iPhone 4 will be released on June 24th and can be pre-ordered starting June 15th

A more detailed update will be posted.

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Although I’m a bit late on this topic, unless you’ve been living under a tech rock for the past two weeks, you would know that the next generation iPhone 4G was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, which somehow got into the hands of Gizmodo. They took a million pictures of it and posted a video of it on their website, and not soon after, the entire globe was talking about it. Apple’s multiple requests for the return of the device didn’t stop Gizmodo, and who doesn’t feel bad for Gray Powell, the Apple software engineer who left the device at the bar, which was disguised to look like an iPhone 3GS. A stranger found it and soon realized it wasn’t a regular iPhone, so he called Apple multiple times trying to return the device, but they didn’t believe him. Gizmodo somehow found out and payed enough money for this person to hand the device over, which would be exploited all over the web. There’s a video of it here.

Apple Unveils iPhone OS 4.0

Last Thursday, Apple announced the summer-due OS upgrade for the iPhone, iPod Touch and later on, the iPad. For the third year in a row, Apple used Spring to give developers a preview of what’s to be expected for the summer. Here’s a quick summary of what Steve Jobs and other executives released in Cupertino:

Multitasking

Finally, Apple has released an OFFICIAL way to multitask on the iPhone. Since the very first year the iPhone was released, third-party developers (jailbreak devs) have been coming up with ways to multitask on the iPhone like Backgrounder, but Apple has never released their own way as default on the iPhone and this has given haters a very reasonable attack on the the device. Now, that complaint has been addressed and puts the iPhone right next to devices like the Palm Pre and Nexus One, feature-wise. This long-awaited feature, comes with a catch though, iPhone 3G users don’t have access to this multitasking feature, due to hardware restraints.

Folders

The iPhone’s App store contains hundreds of thousands of different applications that make your smartphone life easier and more efficient. Although this app store is more or less the main reason of the iPhone’s success, the growing amount of options came with flaws. Folders, a little feature included with the new 4.0 software, addresses multiple issues in one. It’s basically like folders on your desktop, helping you sort your apps into chosen categories, an easier way to go through your apps instead of just scrolling into countless pages.

Game Center

Announced to be released a little later in the year, perhaps a bit after the 4.0 release, is something Apple calls “Game Center”. It’s basically a gaming type of social network, where you can invite friends to games, view leaderboards, have the ability to matchmaking for certain games; this brings a new concept of gaming to the iPhone, possibly turning it into much more of a portable gaming device.

Other Changes:

  • Spell Check
  • 5X Digital Zoom for Camera
  • Tap-to-Focus Video Camera
  • Gifting Apps
  • Home Screen Wallpaper
  • Bluetooth Keyboards
  • Rotate Photos
  • Web Search Suggestions
  • Create Playlists in iPod
  • Persistent Wi-Fi

The upcoming 4.0 release is definitely a bump for Apple’s smartphone hit, giving it a boost to (hopefully) put it back into the lead in the smartphone race. The update addresses many faulty issues and adds the features that would of given the iPhone a reasonable doubt to be the best.

A Taiwanese microchip company is suing Apple over the unauthorized use of their patented technology, multitouch, which is now used on multiple devices including the iPhone, iPod and iPad, arriving in today. Elan Microelectronics filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking to permanently ban numerous Apple products in the U.S. If the ITC chooses to continue with the matter, it can be looked into for up to 15 months. What’s ironic is Apple filed a complaint with the ITC against the phonemaker, HTC, for infringing 20 different patents, asking to ban all their phones to be shipped into the U.S. Predictably though, Elan will probably let Apple off the hook with a reasonable amount of money and a carefully thought out settlement.

iPhone 3Gs – The iPhone 3Gs is Apple’s re-entry into the cellular market, a year after their large release of the iPhone 3G. The ‘S’ in 3Gs stand for speed, which comes in a couple ways; firstly, the processor is twice as fast as the previous one found in the 3G model, and provides smoother browsing and a faster general loading time. The third generation of the iPhone also expects better networking speeds, with carriers changing over to a HSDPA connection, capable of up to 7.2 mbps. In all aspects, the iPhone 3GS is a strong renewal of a great phone with noticeable improvements in speed.

Motorola Droid – The Droid is Motorola’s entry into the Android smartphone market, and it was their best release of any gadget since the Razr in 2004. This multimedia smartphone definitely puts Motorola to a head start in the fast developing smartphone race, with a great keyboard, an easy-to-use, very sensitive large touch screen and a beautiful design, both internally and externally. With a bigger screen than the iPhone’s, a better pixel-per-inch number and an astonishing 16:9 HD aspect ratio, videos look amazing and browsing is crystal clear. Overall, the Motorola Droid is a fully featured, multimedia, gorgeous smartphone, which can do more than you need, in both style and ease.

Blackberry Bold 9700 – The Blackberry Bold 9700 or simply Bold 2 is RIM’s remake of the very successful (at the time) Blackberry Bold. It basically addresses all of the issues that have developed over the past year including the problematic trackball, the bulky size and the not too impressive camera. The 9700 is being sold with Blackberry’s new 5.0 operating system which has improved many aspects, and also the trackpad is quick to being favoured over the previous trackball. This smartphone is finally a perfect mix of multimedia with formal enterprise business, making it the best revision of a phone so far.