Regardless, the iPhone 4 has been highly anticipated for the past 12 months. Everyone expected Apple to continue their trend of launching a new and improved iPhone each summer, and the company didn't disappoint. Apple has had a busy year in the consumer space. First came the iPad, shattering sales expectations by selling two million units in two months. Then came the introduction of iPhone OS 4, or what's now known as iOS 4. That brought multi-tasking, folders and a heap of new features that iPhone users have been clamoring for since iPhone OS 2. And what good is a new OS without a new device to showcase it on?
With that, came the iPhone 4. The phone was officially revealed at WWDC in early June, but the world knew about the device long before that. In an extremely unusual slip for Apple, the next generation iPhone was found in a California bar a few weeks before its official announcement, giving the tech world an up close look at the hardware well before Apple intended. But you couldn't tell much by looking at the hardware alone; it was a little thinner, a bit different in terms of construction and had a front-facing camera. But without a working operating system, not much else could be gleaned.
Be sure to check out our full, detailed review on the pages ahead!
Now, however, there are no more secrets. The iPhone 4 has become the first iPhone with a Apple's A4 CPU, FaceTime video chat, a new antenna setup (for better, or worse), and a new display that doubles the screen resolution compared to the iPhone 3GS. It's also going to be available in both black and white colors, and it will offer 720p movie recording as well. In fact, Apple is creating a $4.99 iMovie app specifically for the iPhone 4's video capture mode, enabling users to edit and upload videos right from their handset. Apple also improved the internal sensor array in order to give gamers more control over their titles, and considering that the iPhone and iPod touch have become serious contenders in the portable gaming space, this addition could help the platform even further.
|CPU Speed||Apple A4 silicon (speed not specified by Apple)
|Memory||Flash 16GB/32GB + 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM|
|Dimensions (LxWxT)||4.5 x 2.31 x 0.27 inches (115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)|
|Weight||4.8 ounces (137 grams) with battery|
|Display||3.5" Retina Display with 960x640 resolution; 326pp; Multi-Touch; 800:1 Contrast Ratio; 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical); Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back|
|Network||Quad-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) + GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
|Onscreen Navigation||All touchscreen
|GPS||Internal GPS antenna|
|Sensors||Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, A2DP, and PBAP
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
3.5mm stereo audio jack
Apple Dock Connector
|Camera||5-megapixel camera with auto focus and 720p video capture (up to 30 frames per second with audio); LED Flash
|Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV|
|Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format|
|Battery||Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Talk time: Up to 7 hours on 3G/14 hours on 2G
Standby time: Up to 300 hours
Internet Use: Up to 6 hours on 3G; 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Audio Playback: Up to 40 hours
|AC Adapter||Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
|Gmail and Exchange|
|In-Box Content||Main unit, Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Dock Connector to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation|
Before we even get into the crux of the review, it's safe to say that in terms of sales, the iPhone 4 is a raging success already. AT&T and Apple servers were slammed on day one of pre-sales, with over 600,000 units being reserved and many more unable to be reserved. In fact, Apple and AT&T suspended pre-sales 24 hours after they began, noting that there was no way they could satisfy additional demand by the June 24th ship date. In other words, finding an iPhone 4 if you didn't get lucky on the original pre-sale date may be quite difficult for awhile. But is it worth stressing over? Join us in the pages to come as we take a deep dive into the iPhone 4.