Apple iPhone 4 announced

That’s right folks. You’ve already seen it before but it’s not official. Steve Jobs has just announced the iPhone 4. More to come….(image courtesy of Engadget). The device is only 9.3mm thick and features a super high resolution 3.5″ display composed of 326 pixels per inch… 960×640, 800:1 contrast and IPS panel. The iPhone 4 features the Apple A4 SoC found in the iPad and will feature up to 32gb of storage. The device also has a 5Mpix camera with backlit sensor and LED flash and is capableof shotting 720P videos at 30fps. THe other new features a the inclusion of a 3-axis Gyroscope.

iPhone OS 4 has now been renamed iOS 4. iOS is now a platform just like OSX. Many new iOS based deviecees will probably come out of Apple in the coming years (devices other than Tablets and Phones..). Bing is now a search engine option alongside Yahoo and Google (still default). The iPhone will also featur video chat but only through Wifi. It will be available in Black & White for $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB launching June 2′th (pre-orders start June 15th)

That’s for now. Will post my thoughts later tonight.

Another next generation iPhone 4G in the wild!

Looks like Apple has some serious problems when it comes to iPhone leaks this year. A Vietnamese dude just posted a video and tear down pictures of a next generation iPhone 4G prototype today. He supposedly paid $4000 to acquire it. You notice the the screws that where present at the bottom of the handset on Gizmodo’s unit are no longer here which indicates that this one is probably a newer version and the chip inside is now labeled with Apple’s logo (unlike the black one in the earlier proto) andthe following “339S0084″ indicating that it’s based on the same A4 chipset found in the Apple iPad. Check out the video below:

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iPhone OS 4 announced: Multi-Tasking, Folders, Enterprise features & Game Center

Today’s big news is obviously Apple iPhone 4 announcement and Apple delivered what everybody expected. iPhone OS 4 has 7 new big features:

1) Multi-Tasking: Finally? nothing really innovative here. Double clicking the home button will give the user access to a task-manager and let him jump from one app to another. Third-party apps will also be allowed to use this feature. Interestingly it works a bit like on Windows Phone 7; the Application is paused in the background and then resumed when the user comes back to it. The major difference being that Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have any way (user friendly task-manager) to let users jump from one app to another (onthre that the back button and the home key). It does have a full blown task-manager that is hidden in the OS as seen in this video. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft is going to react to this. It would be really easy for Redmond to implement a similar functionality in WP7  (double clicking on a home button to access all the running apps) but I think that the boys in blue are into something else with the Metro UI. Oh, and Only the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod will receive this feature (no love for the iPhone 3G because of the lack of enough RAM I guess…)

2) Folders: It gives users the ability to group the application into folders to save some space so they no longer have to scroll through tens of pages to find an application.

3) Unified Email inbox: merged inbox, threaded messaging view, fast switching between inbox/accounts etc..

4) Enterprise features: Encryption, remote device management, multiple exchange accounts , VPN support etc…

5) Game Center: Well….it’s basically a copy of Xbox Live…achievement, leaderboards etc..

6) iBooks: nothing much to say here. It’s the same app as on the iPad

7) iAd: The other big announcement is the new iAd advertising platform…Google watch out! Cause Apple wants to beat you at your own game…

And countless other feature like BT keyboard support, spellcheck, etc…

Anyway I’m not going to talk more about this given that MTW is primary focused on Windows Phone and Android. Nothing amazing was announced today but I have to give props to Apple because they are doing everything right IMO and pushing their platform in the right direction. The only downside is that the iPhone UI is staying the same (it’s starting to look a bit old). You can grab the Beta SDK of OS 4 here.