The stainless-steel-and-glass mobile device is nearly 25 percent thinner than its predecessor and runs on the company's in-house A4 chip, the speedy and power-sipping processor at the heart of the iPad. It gives the iPhone 4 longer battery life, including 40 percent more talk time.
Talk time will increase from five hours to seven hours per charge, Jobs said. Additionally, the iPhone 4 is promised to have six hours of browsing across the 3G network, 10 hours of browsing over a Wi-Fi network, 40 hours of music playing, 10 hours of video play back and 300 hours on standby before the device needs to be plugged in for a new charge.
Jobs, who has declared the end of the era of the
personal computer that he helped pioneer, presented the iPhone as part
of a new computing platform running on the iPhone operating system,
iOS, to thousands of independent software writers attending Apple's
Apple, he told the packed auditorium, is close to
selling its 100 millionth device using the iOS operating system, which
is installed in the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. He said the
"No one even comes close to us," the Apple co-founder said.
The iPhone 4 shows that Apple, which redefined the smart-phone industry, intends to maintain its momentum.
"It blows the competition away," said Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous, a game developer. "We got the iPad, iOS and now we have the iPhone 4 and iAds. The overall innovation is remarkable."
Apple's engineers were able to use a larger battery
by doing things like wrapping the Wi-Fi and 3G antenna on the silver
outer ring of the device,
The new device and operating system, he added, "are years beyond what anybody else has."
Jobs, comparing the new iPhone to a finely crafted Leica camera, put it this way: "This is beyond doubt one of the most precise, beautiful things we've ever made."
Two websites, each claiming to have obtained next-generation iPhones prototypes, already had disclosed some of the innovations Apple announced Monday, including a front-facing camera for video calls, a higher-resolution screen and a more svelte body. Nonetheless, analysts were impressed.
"Apple is showing us the direction (the tech world) is going," said
Some say "Apple fatigue" has hit the blogosphere as the company battles former allies
But the industry "is still chasing Apple," said
Apple is expected to eventually hook up with
Even when a glitch occurred during Jobs' presentation — he could not get a network connection to demo the iPhone 4 — it served only to underscore the company's place atop the tech world: The problem arose because bloggers, reporters and analysts were jamming the network by running their laptops off 570 Wi-Fi base stations so they could instantly report his every utterance.
"You know you could help me out; if you are on Wi-Fi, if you could just get off," Jobs said to titters in the audience.
He showed off the high-resolution display, an improved camera system with HD video capabilities and a new Apple-made video app, iMovie, which lets users edit and share video.
In his "one more thing" moment, Jobs unveiled video chats in a video call with star Apple designer
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