Apple debuts speedier iPhone 3G S with built-in video camera

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Apple on Monday closed out its presentation at WWDC 2009 by introducing the new iPhone 3G S, the fastest iPhone yet with up to twice the speed of the iPhone 3G, longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control. It goes on sale June 19th, while the existing 8GB iPhone 3G drops to $99 starting today.



Twice as fast



On average, Apple said iPhone 3G S is twice as fast as iPhone 3G thanks to built-in support for 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, letting you render web pages quicker and launch applications faster. The handset takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for high-quality 3D graphics, making mobile gaming and other graphic intense applications more enjoyable than before. It also sports longer battery life, so you can watch more videos, listen to more music, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps longer.



"iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of WorldWide Product Marketing. "And with a breakthrough price of $99, we are thrilled to get iPhone 3G into the hands of even more users who want them."



New 3 megapixel camera



Each iPhone 3G S features a new 3 megapixel autofocus camera that takes pictures and video, making it easier than ever to capture, edit and share those moments instantly with family and friends. The new autofocus camera adjusts focus, exposure, color and contrast for the best possible image and includes an automatic macro focus for extra close up shots.







With the new "tap to focus" feature, you simply touch the display to select an object or area of interest and the camera automatically re-adjusts focus and exposure. You can record high-quality video clips and edit them right on your iPhone 3G S by simply trimming the start and stop points. You can also send photos and video by email or MMS and post them to MobileMe or YouTube with just one tap.







Voice Control



A voice control feature in iPhone 3G S offers hands free operation for both iPhone and iPod functions. Simply speak the appropriate commands into the built-in microphone or headset microphone to dial by name or number. With voice control you can play your favorite music by artist, album or playlist and activate the Genius feature by saying "play more songs like this." You can also tell iPhone to pause the music, play the next track, turn on shuffle or ask, "What's playing right now?"







Digital Compass



iPhone 3G S alsofeatures a new built-in digital compass for instant navigation. A new Apple-authored Compass app shows you which way you are headed and rotates as you change direction. You can orient yourself to true north or magnetic north, and iPhone's built-in GPS automatically displays the coordinates of your current location. The new built-in digital compass is also integrated within Maps, so it automatically orients any map to the direction you are facing.







Accessibility Features



iPhone 3G S provides new accessibility features including VoiceOver, a screen reader that speaks what appears on the iPhone 3G S display, enabling visually impaired users to make calls, read email, browse web pages, play music and run applications. The new universal Zoom function magnifies the entire screen, and the White on Black feature reverses the colors on screen to provide higher contrast for people with low vision. iPhone 3G S also supports Mono Audio which combines left and right audio channels so that they can be heard in both earbuds for those with hearing loss in one ear.



Nike + Support



iPhone 3G S also features built-in Nike + iPod support making it an workout companion. Users simply place the optional Nike + iPod sensor ($19) in their Nike + shoe to seamlessly connect with iPhone 3G S to track miles run or sync with the latest generation gym equipment.



Ships with iPhone OS 3.0



Each iPhone 3G S will ship on June 19th with the new iPhone OS 3.0, which includes over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more. iPhone 3G S customers get access to more than 50,000 applications from Apple's App Store, the largest application store in the world where customers have already downloaded over one billion apps.





Model breakdown



iPhone 3G S offers twice the capacity for the same price with a 16GB model for just $199 and a new 32GB model for just $299. And beginning today, the existing iPhone 3G is available at the breakthrough price of just $99 for the 8GB model, a move which Apple calls "a huge milestone for the high end smartphone market."



Pricing & Availability



iPhone 3G S will be available in the US on June 19 for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and just $299 (US) for the new 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T's retail and online stores, Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores.







iPhone 3G S requires a new two year contract with AT&T for qualifying customers. iPhone OS 3.0 software will be available on June 17 as a free software update via iTunes 8.2 or later for all iPhone customers. iPod touch customers will be able to purchase a software update for $9.95 (US). Beginning Today, iPhone 3G will be available for just $99 (US) for the 8GB model. New MobileMe features for iPhone require iPhone OS 3.0. MobileMe is available for an annual subscription price of $99 (US).



iPhone 3G S will also be available in more than 80 countries in the coming weeks.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 263
    f1turbof1turbo Posts: 256member
    Check the price for upgrade from 3G to 3GS--$700 for 32GB
  • Reply 2 of 263
    alecthekingalectheking Posts: 206member
    what happened to the 64gig Touch, And the Touch with a camera. Plus that Badass Matte Black finish and no chrome. that was slick looking.
  • Reply 3 of 263
    rbonnerrbonner Posts: 635member
    Wow, just talked to AT&T rep about upgrading. We waited in line for the 3G phone, and have to wait until July 12th to get the upgrade at the standard upgrade pricing. I would bet that there will be a ton of folks in this situation!
  • Reply 4 of 263
    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
    All of our dreams come true today. Thank you apple. The iphone rocks .

    Come back soon steve, we miss you.



    Peace



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  • Reply 5 of 263
    arklabarklab Posts: 37member
    Bluetooth?
  • Reply 6 of 263
    Does anybody know If I can preorder on apples website if I am a att premier customer or do I have to wait till the actual launch to order an iphone 3gs?
  • Reply 7 of 263
    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by alectheking View Post


    what happened to the 64gig Touch, And the Touch with a camera. Plus that Badass Matte Black finish and no chrome. that was slick looking.



    Maybe its an ipod upgrade.





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  • Reply 8 of 263
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,915member
    The real surprises were with the MacBook Pros--it seems like it is hard to sneek anything by the iPhone watchers around the world...



    Still, I am pleased that these will be out so soon! Count me in for 2!



    Any word yet on RAM in the 3GS iPhones?
  • Reply 9 of 263
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,915member
    My first double post ever!

    Now I can no longer grumble about the fools who do that...
  • Reply 10 of 263
    walshbjwalshbj Posts: 864member
    Psyched about release date. They are playing this like they did the iPods. Trickle out the features. Worked for iPods, will it work with phones?



    Looking forward to getting my first iPhone. Love the compass and voice commands. And Nike.



    I was hoping for FM receiver OR transmitter but not expecting ! Thought there might be OLED. Thought there might be a matte finish. Nothing was said about that?



    REALLY love the speed increase, hope it's real. AT&T doesn't look so good coming out of this presentation. In a way Apple doesn't look good for not managing their partner better. Obviously a carrier needs to be managed.
  • Reply 11 of 263
    alecthekingalectheking Posts: 206member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by majortom1981 View Post


    Does anybody know If I can preorder on apples website if I am a att premier customer or do I have to wait till the actual launch to order an iphone 3gs?



    you can pre-order i already checked it.
  • Reply 12 of 263
    solarsolar Posts: 84member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by alectheking View Post


    what happened to the 64gig Touch, And the Touch with a camera. Plus that Badass Matte Black finish and no chrome. that was slick looking.



    Have they ever announced a touch at the same time as the iphone? That'll probably be 2 months+ from now.



    I know the iChat front camera was more rumor than fact.. It would have been great though to have Phil demo video chat and have Steve be his demo monkey on the other end..



    True role reversal
  • Reply 13 of 263
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by alectheking View Post


    what happened to the 64gig Touch, And the Touch with a camera. Plus that Badass Matte Black finish and no chrome. that was slick looking.



    The iPods are usually updated in September of each year. I wouldn't expect anything until then.
  • Reply 14 of 263
    corerosscoreross Posts: 5member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by alectheking View Post


    what happened to the 64gig Touch, And the Touch with a camera. Plus that Badass Matte Black finish and no chrome. that was slick looking.



    They will come later like they have come in the past. Should be worth the wait.
  • Reply 15 of 263
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,915member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by arklab View Post


    Bluetooth?



    Is there something wrong with the Bluetooth in these phones? I missed that...
  • Reply 16 of 263
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rbonner View Post


    Wow, just talked to AT&T rep about upgrading. We waited in line for the 3G phone, and have to wait until July 12th to get the upgrade at the standard upgrade pricing. I would bet that there will be a ton of folks in this situation!



    I'm truly feeling for you. NOT! 4 days? You're freaking out for 4 days?
  • Reply 17 of 263
    jpep13jpep13 Posts: 5member
    So to upgrade from a non Iphone to the Iphone 3gs I have to spend

    $499 for the 16gb? Should I pay $ 199 plus the tax here in Los Angeles?

    Confused
  • Reply 18 of 263
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by walshbj View Post


    Psyched about release date. They are playing this like they did the iPods. Trickle out the features. Worked for iPods, will it work with phones?



    Looking forward to getting my first iPhone. Love the compass and voice commands. And Nike.



    I was hoping for FM receiver OR transmitter but not expecting ! Thought there might be OLED. Thought there might be a matte finish. Nothing was said about that?



    REALLY love the speed increase, hope it's real. AT&T doesn't look so good coming out of this presentation. In a way Apple doesn't look good for not managing their partner better. Obviously a carrier needs to be managed.



    The Touch will probably get the Radio and OLED features first as it's a dedicated iPod and Gaming platform.
  • Reply 19 of 263
    alecthekingalectheking Posts: 206member
    But maybe there will still be the Iphone Pro or whatever with the matte finish and the higher deff screen. Possibly OLED?? and the front facing ichat camera. Who knows but the matte really got my blood pumping, it was so stealthy and sexy looking and seemed inevitable with all the leaks.
  • Reply 20 of 263
    I was hoping to see a lower priced plan from AT&T. Bummer
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