The new iPhone is quicker – it will load messaging 2.1 times faster, a game such as Sim City is 2.4 times faster, viewing spreadsheets in Excel is 3.6 times faster and loading a webpage is 2.9 times faster. It also supports 7.2Mbps HSDPA.
The camera is better than before as well and includes video. It’s only 3-megapixel but it has autofocus with auto-macro, tap to focus, VGA with 30-frames-per-second, also with auto focus, auto white balance and auto exposure. Videos and photos can be easily sent by MMS, email or uploaded to YouTube and the like.
Another new feature is voice control. Instructions like “play songs by The Killers” and “play more songs like this” will give the impression you’ve gone bonkers to passers-by in the street, but they will also give your fingers a much needed rest.
Other less important features include a compass that will talk directly to Google Maps, VoiceOver – which reads what you touch on the screen and built in support for Nike+.
Battery life has been improved also – The previous model got six hours on Wi-Fi, seven playing video, 24 for audio, 10 on 2G talk and five on 3G talk. This new model gets nine on Wi-Fi, 10 on video, 30 for audio, 12 on 2G talk and five on 3G talk.
They’re going to retail in the US at $199 for a 16GB model and $299 for a 32GB model. Black and white models once more. Out in the UK on 19th June. Ten days to wait then Apple fans.
Or, if you can’t wait until then, the current iPhone 3G (or the old one as it shall now be known) is going to be available from today for $99. We’ll let you know the UK prices as we get them.
Available from, obviously….The Apple Store and still on O2