The New iPhone 4 Definitive Guide
We already showed you the new iPhone from every angle, inside and out. Today, Steve Jobs re-revealed it, telling us about the remaining details. Here’s the exhaustive guide to all the features of the new iPhone 4. [Updating live]
Hardware technical features
It has an Apple A4 chip inside, just like the iPad. Inside the A4 there are a few interconnected chips: A Cortex-A8 main processor unit—the main brains—paired with a PowerVR SGX 535—which handles the high definition graphics of the new iPhone. These are directly connected with each other and two low-power 128MB DDR SDRAM chips. Since all these components are in the same chip, they can process things faster while consuming less battery than before.
The A4 also consumes less power because its sub-components can be switched on and off when they are not needed, shaving watts whenever it’s possible.
The screen has a resolution of 960 × 640 pixels. Apple calls is the Retina Display, and it has four times as many pixels as the current iPhone 3GS’ display. The screen has 326 pixel per inch resolution, a higher definition than your typical magazine, a quality that shows in the screenshot.
The main camera
The new iPhone has a bigger sensor for the main camera, with bigger lenses. The sensor will capture higher resolution video and photographs. The camera also has a flash.
The video conferencing camera
In the front, there’s a video conference camera, with standard VGA resolution. This camera will be used with third-party applications, as well as Apple’s own video conference solution.
The battery is 16% bigger than the current one. Coupled with the A4 processor and new display, it results in a longer battery life.
• Like the iPad 3GS, the new iPhone uses the new micro-SIM standard.
The hardware design hasn’t changed from the one we already knew about. Same materials: Black glass and stainless steel rim. It fits with the rest of the Apple product line, from the hard edges to the Dieter-Ramish utilitarianism of the iMac and the iPad.
The size is smaller than the previous generation, although it is 3 grams heavier. According to Apple, it’s the thinnest smartphone ever. It has split buttons for volume, unlike the current iPhone 3GS, all made in stainless steel.
The stainless steel rim
The stainless steel rim gives the structure to the iPhone, and acts as an antenna for the phone. In theory, this will greatly increase the reception.
New software features
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