Apple Unveils iPhone 3G S & iPhone 3.0 Software

It’s been hyped and anticipated for months. Now, the new iPhone 3G S is finally being unveiled. Announced today at WWDC, the newest iPhone features improved speed and performance. More specifically, the iPhone 3G S is up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G because the iPhone 3G S takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for stunning high-quality 3D graphics. The new iPhone 3G S also supports 7.2 Mbps HSDPA for faster networking speeds.

Additional features of the new iPhone include longer battery life, hands free voice control, and a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera with video recording capabilities. The new voice control features of the iPhone 3G S let you control both the iPhone and the iPod functions hands free. The new autofocus camera can adjust focus, exposure, color, and contrast to help you get the best possible shot. There’s also an automatic macro focus and tap to focus feature that lets you touch the display to select the focus area.

As one should expect, the iPhone 3G S also includes the newly announced iPhone OS 3.0 software with over a 100 new features such as Cut, Copy, and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard, and more. The new iPhone 3.0 software includes a new Find My iPhone feature that helps you find your lost iPhone on a map, send a message to the device, or play a sound to help you find the phone even if it is set to silent. If you can’t find your iPhone, you can erase all data and content using the new Remote Wipe feature. Finally, new iTunes features within the new iPhone 3.0 software will let you wirelessly download movies, TV, and audio programs as well as iTunes U.

For navigation, the iPhone 3G S has a new built-in digital compass for instant navigation. The Compass application can show which direction you are headed and rotates when you change directions. This built-in digital compass also integrates with Maps, so it can automatically orient a map to the direction you are facing.

Other interesting features of the new iPhone 3G S include VoiceOver to help visually impaired users interact with the device, a universal Zoom function, and White on Black feature to provide higher contrast for people with low vision. The iPhone 3G S also features built-in Nike + iPod support to help monitor your workout. By placing the optional Nike + iPod sensor ($19) in a Nike + shoe, users can connect with iPhone 3G S to track miles during a run or sync with the latest generation gym equipment.

The iPhone 3G S will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities for $199 with contract and $299 with contract, respectively. Both models will be available in the US on June 19 in Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart stores.

Starting today, the iPhone 3G will be available for just $99 for the 8GB model. The iPhone OS 3.0 software will be available on June 17 as a free software update for all iPhone customers via iTunes 8.2 or later. iPod touch owners will be able to purchase a software update for $9.95. The iPhone 3G S will also be available in more than 80 countries in the coming weeks.