Apple releases the 4th generation iPhone, appropriately named iPhone 4. We’ll give you the lowdown on what’s new and talk about what AT&T’s new data plans mean. They just might save you some money.

Nerd News

Feature Story: iPhone 4

  • iPhone 4 will be available June 24 (pre-order begin June 15th)
    • HD video (720p at 30fps)
    • 960×480 display (800:1 contrast ratio) & 326 pixels per inch
    • front-facing camera
    • FaceTime video calling (iPhone 4-only; only over WiFi only in 2010)
    • Gyroscope for finer control (6 axis motion sensing) when gaming
    • 24% thinner than iPhone 3GS, improved battery life
    • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Cost:
    • $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB
    • AT&T offering upgrade for existing up to 6 mos early
  • iPhone OS renamed to iOS4.
    • Available June 21. Free to all iPhone & iPod Touch users (iPad in Fall)
    • multi-tasking (application pausing)
    • Global Inbox for Mail, Enterprise features
    • not much new discussed here than from January announcement
  • Other announcements at WWDC
    • iMovie for iPhone ($4.99 in App Store) to let you edit your videos on the phone, then email or publish to YouTube
    • Safari 5
    • nothing on AppleTV, MacBook Air or Mac Mini yet
  • What does this mean in the smartphone war? Here’s a comparison.

Nerd History:

  • June 1, 1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.
  • June 10, 1977 – Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer.
  • June 1, 2009 – General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
  • June 4, 1777 – VHS is introduced
  • June 3, 1971 – I’m a PC! John Hodgman born

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