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Apple's Steve Jobs unveils 'iPhone 4'

Video by Kathryn STAPLEY

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-06-08

Apple boss Steve Jobs unveiled the latest version of the iPhone at the technology giant's annual conference in San Francisco on Monday. The smart phone offers over 100 new features, including a front-facing video camera and higher screen resolution.

For Apple, it’s been a tradition to unveil a new iPhone every year since the smartphone’s launch in 2007. On Monday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs introduced the latest version of the next-generation smartphone - the ‘iPhone 4’ - during a keynote speech at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

The new gadget includes more than 100 new features, including a front-facing camera for video-conferencing via services such as Skype, and a higher resolution screen. Its 3.5-inch screen is the same size as previous models, but features 326 pixels per inch, four times more than the earlier iPhones.

 "There is a magic number around 300 pixels per inch that is the limit of the human retina," Jobs said. "We are over that limit."
 
Two models, with a capacity of 16 GB or 32 GB (coming in at 199 dollars and 299 dollars respectively), will  be on sale from June 24.
 
However, the launch of the new iPhone was tarnished after Technology blog Gizmodo obtained a prototype of the phone in April: a 21-year-old man stumbled upon the device in a California beer garden, where it had been misplaced by an Apple software engineer.
 
Jobs also joked that some of the attendees may have seen the phone previously "because there have been a few photos around."
 
Counter-attack
 
iPhone has been a huge success globally, but it faces a slew of new competitors, including companies like Motorola Inc and HTC who are producing high-powered handsets based on Google Inc's Android software.
 
In a bid to outdo Apple, Google launched Android “Froyo”, a new operating system for mobile phones compatible with Adobe Flash and offering the possibility to act as a WiFi provider, features that do not exist on the iPhone.
 
On Monday, Steve Jobs counter-attacked by unveiling iPhone OS4, similar to Google’s Android but different in that it allows the iPhone to be a true multi-tasking device.
 
Jobs also announced that Apple has sold more than two million iPads since the touch screen device went on sale in the United States in early April and in nine other countries late last month.

Date created : 2010-06-07

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