Updated: The new iPhone 3G S in a nutshell:
- Identical form factor
- 16GB and 32GB
- Faster processor and increased RAM
- 7.2 Mbit HSDPA
- 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and VGA video support at 30 FPS
- 20% improved battery life
- Digital compass
- Voice-control for phone and iPod features
- Onboard video editing
- On sale June 19 in US at $199 and $299
20.01: The iPhone 3G S will be available in a week and a half – the 19th June.
20.00: The iPhone 3G S will cost $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version. The iPhone 3G 8GB will stay on the market for $99.
19.58: The iPhone 3G S’s battery provides nine hours of Wi-Fi usage, 10 hours of video playback, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G talk and five hours of 3G talk.
19.57: There’s built-in support for Nike+ too.
19.56: The built in compass display your orientation, latitude and longitude, and links to Google Maps.
19.53: Voice control can be used anywhere on the iPhone. Just press the homescreen button down and you can choose from loads of options, such as ‘call Scott’. You can make calls simply by saying ‘call’. You can also play songs using your voice, including playlists. Ask what’s playing now and it’ll tell yu what’s playing. Say ‘play more songs like this’ and it’ll start off creating a Genius playlist. Conferencing is also available with the voice feature.
19.51: The videos appear alongside photos in the Picture app. With the still camera you cn share videos from the iPhone. It can be sent via MMS and email with the tap of one finger. Developers can build video into their apps.
19.49: The camera has changed, too. Hurrah! It’s a 3-megapixel autofocus camera. There’s auto white balance, auto exposure. Tap to focus allows you to tap on the screen to focus on that object. A little like the LG GC900 Viewty Smart, really. There’s Auto Macro which means you can zoom in and get in on the action. It also captures video, which is one essential element, previously missing, 30fps in VGA.
19.48: It has the same looks, but has been created for better gaming. It supports 7.2Mbps HSDPA.
19.44: The iPhone has changed phones forever, according to Phil Schiller.
19.42: iPhone OS 3.0 will be available from the 17th June. For developers, it’s available today.
19.27: Ngmoco Games is up next with Star Defense. It’s a tower defence game. The plus network allows you to play head to head over the internet any time anywhere. Star Defence is available to download today for $5.99.
19.23: Ooh, a SatNav application by TomTom, available to buy on the App Store! Both applications and accessories will be available on the store. The app looks exactly like standalone TomTom device. There’s also a holder for your iPhone that mounts on the windscreen so you don’t break any of those rules of touching your phone while driving. It also recharges the iPhone while you’re driving.
19.18: Push notifications as used by Airstrip Technologies. It can push information to and from the doctor and patient. It can also transmit EKG information over 3G. It allows doctors to ‘tap the pause, scroll back over time…pinch zoom…and enable touch calibration to measure the distance of a cardiac event.’
19.16: Lots of news for Asphalt 5 for the iPhone. You can listen you your own iTunes while racing cars and motorcycles around the world. you can also race against other players over Wi-Fi.
19.11: In iPhone 3.0, developers can build apps that link to hardware better, such as the One Touch glucose monitor. Google Maps are also available for developers to use in any application with full functionality including panning and zooming, current location, and turn by turn directions.
19.06: Find My iPhone is another new feature and available for MobileMe customers. You can see exactly where your iPhone is on a map. You can also message your iPhone to find out whether you left it in silent mode too. You can also wipe the phone if you think it’s been stolen, but if you find it again you can of course restore the data by re-synching with your iTunes account.
19.03: Loads of updates in Safari for iPhone. Support for HTTP streaming for audio and video, with bitrate data adjusting according to your connection. Autofill means your device will save usernames and passwords.
19.01: You can use your iPhone as a 3G modem with tethering on Macs and PCs using Bluetooth or USB.
18.59: Universal search across calendars, music, notes and email is now available in iPhone 3.0. iTunes will allow you to rent and purchase movies, plus TV shows, music videos and audio books, all over 3G.
18.55: So, here comes the talk about the new iPhone 3.0 OS. The major updates, as most of you will know, it features cut copy and paste that works across apps, undo support, developer APIs and landscape keyboard that works in email, notes and messages. Hurrah! MMS messaging is supported.
18.51: It’s all about the games and developers expressing their excitement about developing for the iPhone.
18.48: And here comes the iPhone 3.0 announcements. What we’ve all been waiting for! The SDK has been downloaded over a million times, and there are mre than 50,000 apps in the App Store. More than 40,000,000 iPhones and iPod Touches have been sold.
18.33: Website Cover Flow looks good for keeping your favourite websites in check! You can also now edit videos using Quicktime rather than having to download video editing software or use iMovie.
18.32: So Snow Leopard and Safari 4 all sound good, but come on, we want iPhone 3.0 news!
18.24: And so on to Safari 4. It’s apparently 7.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 8.
18.19: A nice bit of Windows bashing, as you’d expect. Apparently Windows 7 is the same as Vista. So, Snow Leopard really is different to Leopard, is it? Apparently installing the OS is faster, as is opening JPEGs using it. Snow Leopard also saves 6GB of space taken up with the original Leopard install.
18.16: And a new MacBook Air. Not really surprising is it? The price has been lowered though – a full $700 cheaper than before for one with a Solid State Drive.
18.14: MacBooks will also be upgraded, also with 8GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. Apple is also bringing back a Firewire port.
18.12: All of the new MacBooks will start shipping today.
18.09: The new MacBook Pro also features an SD card slot – now that’s certainly a useful addition. Wow, 8GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive or 256GB Solid State Drive.
18.05: So here we go with Mac updates et al. MacBook notebooks are first up, and Schiller says Apple doesn’t want to stop being at the forefront of MacBook design. The new MacBook Pro will feature a 15-inch screen, and a built-in Lithium Polymer battery. Useful, as a couple of years ago, loads of the batteries had to be replaced due to faults that made them overheat and blow up.
18.04: It’s starting with the usual ‘look how well we’ve done in the last two years’ blurb that all keynotes start with. In fact, number of Apple users have tripled apparently.
18.03: And Phil Schiller comes to the stage, ready to announce something exciting we all hope.
18.01: And we’re off! The lights have dimmed and an ad is playing.
17.57: Ooooh, it’s starting…’Welcome to the 2009 Worldwide Developer’s Conference’.
17.46: So here we are, eagerly awaiting all the wonderful news from Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Only 13 minutes until Apple announces the iPhone 3.0 and lots of other goodies. While you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, click on the iPhone 3.0 tag below to see all the rumours of what the new iPhone will bring!
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