Apple’s iPhone 4 a massive leap in technology
Apple’s iPhone 4 has been officially unveiled and the technology leap is staggering. The good news for existing iPhone contract owners is that AT&T is letting them upgrade immediately. The key things that caught my eye are:
- 960 x 640 3.5″ IPS display (Update: Apple faking 489 to 815 PPI on iPhone 4 ads)
- “Face time” video conferencing using front or rear camera (see demo)
- Better battery life while being narrower and nearly 25% thinner (see comparison)
- Higher quality camera in back and the addition of a front camera
- Faster A4 processor
- Gyroscope for 6-axis motion sensing
The old iPhone 3G was getting very dated with its 480×320 resolution while smartphone competitors routinely implemented 800×480 OLED panels. We’ve been so jaded by the futurist visions of Hollywood that it seemed like Dick Tracy watch phones would never come, but now it truly feels like we have arrived in the 21st century. Video conferencing from the desktop or conferencing room was never all that compelling, but put that power in someone’s hands and it seems to have crossed some invisible threshold of usability and relevance.
Here’s a video from Apple highlighting the iPhone 4.