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Apple announces iPhone 3GS

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

iPhone_3GS

As was fairly widely reported in the past 24 hours, Apple has announced a new version of the iPhone hardware. The 3GS improves on the current 3G model in a number of key areas:

  • Speed improvements launching apps
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA for faster cellular data transfer
  • 3 megapixel autofocus camera with macro down to 10cm
  • 30fps VGA video capture
  • Voice control for calls and iTunes
  • Nike+ support built in
  • Up to 5 hours 3G talk time, 9 hours WiFi internet use

Price at $199 for 16Gb and $299 for 32Gb the iPhone 3GS goes on sale in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and UK on June 19th. The existing iPhone 3G will still be available as an 8Gb $99 option, so it looks like all the talk of an iPhone nano is redundant.

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iPhone OS 3 due June 17th

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Also just announced at the WWDC, iPhone/iPod Touch OS version 3 will be released on 17th June. As before, this is a free upgrade for iPhone users and a paid ($9.99) upgrade for iPod Touch owners. Most of the changes have been covered in depth before, but include:

  • Cut, Copy, Paste and Undo across all apps
  • Landscape screen support in key Apple apps
  • MMS support for some carriers
  • Spotlight search for anything on the iPhone
  • Rent/Buy video content through iTunes
  • Tethering, share the mobile connection with a computer. Not all carriers are offering this.
  • Faster Safari Browser with Autofill
  • More than 30 languages supported
  • ‘Find my iPhone’ tracking and remote erase through Mobile Me

This update should please a lot of iPhone users complaining the lack of basic functionality, especially when the Palm Pre looks to have got a lot right with its first release.

Snow Leopard due September

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Phil Schiller has today confirmed at the WWDC 09 that OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, will be released in September. Priced as a $29 upgrade for 10.5 Leopard users ($49 family pack) there are no details yet on the price for Intel 10.4 Tiger users.

Here are some of the highlights mentioned at the WWDC:

  • 45% faster installation, and a 6Gb immediate space saving for Leopard users
  • Handwriting recognition from Macbook trackpads
  • Improved crash resistance in Safari when running on Snow Leopard
  • Improved Stacks and Expose
  • Quicktime X
  • 64bit mode for all major system apps
  • Grand Central and Open CL
  • Microsoft Exchange Support

Quite a list of improvements, and a $29 upgrade price for Leopard users is a no-brainer. I just hope the initial release is a bit less flaky than 10.5.0.