New iPhone Revealed - Some Highlights

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Well, it's official. Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at WWDC adn the high point of course, is the new iPhone. Look aside (slightly slimmer with rounded edges), there are some very nice upgrades included.
  • Faster downloads: A no-brainer, we all knew that was coming. According to Jobs, 2.8X faster. Faster than both 3G versions of Nokia and Treo.
  • Battery life: 300 hours - or 10 hours of 2G talk time (5 hours of 3G talk time), 5-6 hours of 3G browsing, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio playback.
  • GPS enabled: Also knew this was coming. This will help greatly with geo-services, one of which, Loopt, was demonstrated at the keynote. Shows your location, your friends' locations and allows you to instantly get in touch with them.
  • Third party apps: SDK comes into play here. Already, Jobs claims more than 250,000 downloads since the launch of the kit.
  • Affordability: And here's a big one. A paltry (comparatively) $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. I'm going to guess that a 32GB model will be available in a few months at $399 - but that's just me.
  • MobileMe: This looks to be the new solution to .Mac, enabling a cloud storage solution that handles email, documents, calendars, contacts, photos and more.
There were some interesting demos of new apps as well. Included: a slick eBay interface, a racing game that uses the entire iPhone as a steering wheel and an app for doctors that allows the browsing of CT scans and flipping between images and contrasts. MLB.tv demonstrated their new app that shows box scores, pitch-by-pitch updates and video highlights that appear minutes after the play.

I have yet to hear anything about a better camera or a video camera on the iPhone. That would be a terrible oversight.

More will come as the rest of the conference gets underway. So far, the real value here is the faster browsing and download speeds. This essentially makes the iPhone the far-and-away leader in mobile computing and brings us that much closer to a true mobile Web experience. Not just mobile-optimized sites, but real Internet browsing on any site that sits on the Web.

Launch is expected July 11. Watch the new ad.

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