AT&T and Best Buy have revealed details of their plans for the iPhone 4’s launch. Best Buy will begin taking pre-orders for the device starting June 15, and will begin selling the phone on June 24, as will AT&T. The latter will be opening its stores at 7:00 a.m. to begin selling the phone, and employees will be sporting special new black shirts featuring a multi-color AT&T globe design on the front and the company’s “Rethink Possible” slogan on the back. New customers will be limited to one iPhone 4 per person in line, while existing customers will be able to purchase one iPhone 4 for each eligible line.
A separate report from Modmyi containing an internal AT&T memo claims that the iPhone 4 will be available exclusively in black at launch, with white models available “later this summer.” No reason is given for the delay, nor is there any indication as to whether this is an AT&T-only restriction or if some unforeseen production issue has caused Apple to push back the launch date of white units.
Microsoft is currently offering money to iPhone developers if they port their games to the company’s Windows Phone 7 platform, which will launch later this year. Citing an unnamed developer that was contacted by Microsoft, PocketGamer reports that Microsoft is contacting “successful” iPhone developers, offering them cash to port their games to the new platform. Although the amounts being offered are said to be substantial, they’re reportedly not enough to offset the costs of porting the games over to Microsoft’s programming languages; however, the developer speculated that Microsoft still might be able to woo some developers by tweaking their development tools to make it easier to port from iOS. Sony followed a similar developer recruitment strategy prior to the launch of its PSPgo gaming system.
Vodafone in the U.K. has revealed its pricing for the iPhone 4. According to Engadget, the company posted, and then removed, the pricing sheets, screenshots of which are still available. Pricing on Vodafone will be tiered for both 16GB and 32GB models, ranging from £189 for a 16GB unit with a £25 a month, two-year contract, to a free 32GB with a £60 a month, two-year commitment. All of Vodafone’s plans include 1GB of data access and 1GB of BT Openzone Wi-Fi access monthly; select plans will also include 5GB of European data roaming. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, and Japan on June 24.
iOS 4 contains code, currently inaccessible, to allow for exporting videos directly to Facebook. 9 to 5 Mac reports that the snippet found within iOS 4’s code is labeled “AVAssetExportPresetFacebook,” and allows for video with a maximum height or width of 480 pixels, playing back at 30 fps. If or when activated, Facebook will join other sharing options including email, MMS, MobileMe, and YouTube; it is unclear when Apple might activate the new feature.
Walmart has announced that it will offer the iPhone 4 on June 24, the device’s official launch date in the U.S. Cnet reports that while the retailer has offered various models of the iPhone in the past, this is the first time it will offer a new iPhone model on launch day. Walmart joins Apple, RadioShack, and reportedly Best Buy as U.S. launch day retailers; Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan on June 24, with pre-orders opening on June 15.
O2 has announced its data plan pricing for the iPhone 4 in the U.K., while removing its unlimited data options. O2’s new plans scale the amount of data along with the number of voice minutes, ranging from 100 minutes and 500MB of data for £25 a month on a two-year contract to unlimited minutes and 1GB of data for £65 per month with an 18-month agreement. All of O2’s new plans also include unlimited use of the company’s U.K. Wi-Fi hotspots. O2 will also be offering data add-ons beginning in October, with 500MB of additional data running £5 and 1GB costing £10, both on a monthly basis. In addition, the company is offering current customers an early upgrade option, with a £20 charge for each month remaining on their minimum term. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, and Japan on June 24.
Mobile network Three in the U.K. has announced that it will be offering the iPhone 4. Similar to AT&T in the U.S., Three will begin taking iPhone pre-orders starting on June 15, with the device’s launch to follow on June 24. Service pricing has yet to be announced.
Vodafone in India has confirmed that it will offer the iPhone 4 “in the coming months.” The company was not able to say when the launch will take place, but it is expected to come by the end of September, as Apple plans to have launched the device in 88 countries by the end of that month, and Apple has already halted sales of the iPhone 3G in India, according to a Techtree report.
Bell, Telus, and Rogers have all announced that they will offer the iPhone 4 in the coming weeks. None of the three companies has provided any further information, such as pricing, but all three have set up webpages dedicated to the device, with Bell and Rogers offering customers a form to sign up for more information. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 4 in Canada in July.
T-Mobile in Germany and the Netherlands have confirmed that they will offer the iPhone 4. In Germany, T-Mobile will begin taking pre-orders on the 15th, and in an earlier Twitter update indicated that it will be the iPhone 4’s exclusive carrier in Germany. T-Mobile Netherlands has posted a simple page indicating that it will offer the iPhone 4. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 4 in Germany on June 24 and in the Netherlands sometime in July. [via Engadget]
iLounge has posted a set of two new high-definition hands-on videos of Apple’s iPhone 4 today, one focused on the externals of the new phone by comparison with the original iPhone and iPhone 3GS, and the other on its new software and interface.
The first video is a comparison of the iPhone 4, original iPhone, and iPhone 3GS (YouTube HD link), showing the final, working phone from all angles. It’s also available from Vimeo.
The second video is a full interface video for the iPhone 4 (YouTube HD link), showing off everything from FaceTime to iBooks, iMovie, iOS4 multitasking with the new Pandora application, and the iPhone 4’s other built-in applications. It’s also available from Vimeo.
Both videos are in 720p format.
Both Best Buy and Radio Shack will offer the iPhone 4 on launch day, according to a new report and a series of Twitter updates, respectively. Citing a trusted unnamed source, Engadget reports that Best Buy will be offering the next-generation iPhone at launch, and that stores will apparently have no less than 45 units on hand—30 for the higher-capacity 32GB model and 15 of the 16GB units. Additionally, Radio Shack has confirmed via its Twitter account that it will be offering the iPhone 4 at launch, and will begin taking pre-orders with a $50 deposit on June 15, the same day as Apple. Interestingly, the company will also be accepting trade-ins for the iPhone 4, offering as much as $100 credit for iPhone 3G units and $200 for iPhone 3GS units; more information can be found on the company’s trade-in program website. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan on June 24.
Apple has hired Rich Dellinger, a User Interface Design Architect at Palm, as a Senior User Interface Designer. According to Dellinger’s LinkedIn page, he was responsible for creating the “non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS,” and also “co-developed the Application Framework used by webOS,” including the “CSS structure and defined HTML layout.” This will not be the first time Dellinger has worked at Apple, however, as he originally joined the company in December 1999 as a Senior Technical Support Engineer, before moving his way up to a User Interface Designer position in which he “designed applications for Apple products, including Mac OS X, iPod, and iPhone,” before leaving for Palm in April 2006. [via PreCentral]
Cisco has reached an agreement to license its iOS trademark to Apple. During its WWDC 2010 keynote address, Apple announced that it would be changing the name of iPhone OS to “iOS,” which was covered under a Cisco trademark relating to its “IOS” network infrastructure software. “Cisco has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad,” Cisco said in a statement reprinted on a company blog. “The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.” Notably, Cisco was also the owner of the iPhone trademark when Apple first introduced the phone in January of 2007; the dispute over the name led to a lawsuit which was eventually dropped when the two companies came to an agreement to share the iPhone name.
O2, Orange, Vodafone, and T-Mobile in the U.K. have all announced that they will offer the iPhone 4. Orange, Vodafone, and O2 have posted special webpages for the iPhone 4 where users can sign up to receive more information as it becomes available, while T-Mobile has simply made an announcement, saying that “further information on launch timings, pricing and tariff plans will be revealed in due course.” Notably, this marks the first time T-Mobile will officially offer an iPhone model in the U.K. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan on June 24. [via Pocket-Lint]
Apple has dropped prices on its remaining iPhone 3GS units ahead of the launch of iPhone 4. The company’s online store is now offering 16GB iPhone 3GS units for $149, while 32GB models are priced at $199. Both Apple and AT&T have already sold out of their remaining iPhone 3G units; Apple will be replacing the $99 iPhone 3G with a new, same-priced 8GB iPhone 3GS model, presumably on June 24, when the iPhone 4 officially launches. Notably, these price drops do not represent the best pricing currently available on the iPhone 3GS, as Walmart dropped its pricing on the 16GB model to $97 in late May. [via Mac Rumors]
A number of U.S. iPhone users are complaining of recurring mystery data usage appearing on their AT&T accounts. According to an Apple Support discussions thread, the mystery charges appear to be occurring late at night, typically between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. Some users report that these late night data sessions have reached as high as 70MB, theoretically ruling out the possibility of simple statistics uploading, as one user points out. None of the users reporting problems has yet been able to identify the culprit, and neither AT&T nor Apple has been able to offer any explanation.
Apple has posted an on-demand Quicktime streaming video of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address from WWDC 2010. During the address, Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4, discussed some of the new features of iOS—formerly iPhone OS—4, and gave several updates regarding the iPad and App Store. For more coverage of yesterday’s event, see our full transcript, our Flickr photostream, and our News section.
AT&T has announced details of its upgrade pricing scheme for the iPhone 4. According to the company, new customers, upgrade eligible customers, as well as any iPhone customer who would be upgrade eligible for a discounted device by the end of 2010 will be able to purchase the iPhone 4 at the $199 and $299 price points with a new two-year agreement. AT&T customers can instantly check their upgrade eligibility dates by calling *639# from their iPhones; several iPhone 3GS users, including at least two iLounge editors, have reported that they are already listed as being upgrade eligible. For iPhone customers whose upgrade eligibility date is some time in 2011, AT&T is offering early upgrade pricing of $399 for the 16GB iPhone 4 and $499 for 32GB units, again with a new two-year agreement. Finally, customers who choose not to sign a new agreement are eligible for AT&T’s no commitment pricing, which is $599 for the 16GB model and $699 for the 32GB model. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 on June 24; pre-orders open on June 15.
Update: For more information, see our Complete Guide to What U.S. Users Will Pay for iPhone 4.
During its WWDC keynote address, Apple and several third-party developers announced notable new and upcoming app releases for the iPhone and iPod touch. Most notably, Apple announced a new version of iMovie for iPhone 4. Described by Apple as a “feature-rich video editing app,” iMovie will offer a Multi-Touch interface for selecting and editing video, with the ability to add photos customized with a Ken Burns panning effect, and soundtrack audio chosen from a built-in, custom-scored music library or from the device’s own iPod library. The app can detect audio such as conversations or narration and automatically reduce the soundtrack volume, and can export in one of three sizes—medium (640x360), large (960x540), or HD (1280x720)—with sharing options including email, MMS, MobileMe, and YouTube. Edited movies can be further enhanced by applying one of five built-in themes, with custom titles, transitions, and maps based on the geotag information of the video clips being used. iMovie will soon be available from the App Store and will sell for $5.
Activision got on stage to announce the release of Guitar Hero for the iPhone and iPod touch. Based on the popular music videogame for traditional consoles, Guitar Hero offers new gameplay mechanics including slide, strum, and whammy gestures, built-in social network feeds, the ability for users to personalize their in-game personas and share them with friends. Six songs, including selections from The Rolling Stones, Queen, Vampire Weekend, and The White Stripes are included, with other tracks available via in-app purchase. Guitar Hero for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $3.
Announced for a release this summer was Netflix for the iPhone and iPod touch. Similar to the company’s well-received app for the iPad, Netflix for the iPhone and iPod touch will allow users to instantly stream movies and TV shows to their devices, with features including the ability to resume content in progress that was started on another device, queue access, and optimization for playback over 3G or Wi-Fi. Finally, Zygna announced that it will be bringing its Farmville virtual farming game to the iPhone and iPod touch, with touch screen-based controls, the ability to visit Facebook friends’ farms, and an in-app store. It will be released by the end of this month.
iLounge has begun posting our first hands-on photos of the iPhone 4, taken directly after the end of Apple’s WWDC keynote address. The photos show both the black and white models of the iPhone 4, comparison shots of the two models with the iPhone 3GS, and shots showing off the device’s new high-resolution Retina display. Keep an eye on our Flickr photostream, as more shots are on their way.
What follows is a reverse chronological transcript of our WWDC 2010 Keynote coverage, discussing the launch of iPhone 4 and iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) in June, 2010. The event was presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at 10 AM Pacific Time in San Francisco, California at the Moscone Center.
Click on the title of this article for the full transcript.
As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today unveiled the iPhone 4, with over 100 new features. Similar to the leaked prototype, the 9.3mm thick device—24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS—has aluminosilicate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, on both the front and back with steel around the sides that also serves as part of the antenna system. As expected, its 3.5-inch display—which Apple is dubbing a “Retina display” due to its 326 pixel-per-inch pitch that’s above the limit of the human retina to differentiate the pixels—offers four times the resolution (960 x 640) of the current iPhone display, IPS technology, 78% of the pixels on the iPad, and an 800:1 contrast ratio, also four times that of the iPhone 3GS.
“iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”
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