As had been widely expected, Apple today unveiled a new version of the iPhone at the company's World Wide Developer Conference. The new iPhone 3G S will be available on June 19 in two versions: a 16GB version for $199 and a 32GB for $299.
The iPhone 3G S will feature the same design found on the iPhone 3G, but will be updated on the inside. Apple says it will be much faster to use -- the "S" stands for speed. It will support AT&T's upgraded HSDPA network, which can hit speeds of 7.2 Mbps.
Notable new features in the iPhone 3G S include a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus. The updated camera also allows you to use the touch-screen to focus; you tap the subject you'd like to focus on, and the iPhone's camera will focus and auto-compensate. In addition, the new camera is designed to offer better low-light sensitivity.
As expected, the new iPhone will also be able to capture video clips. Apple says the iPhone 3G S will capture 30-frames-per-second VGA video, with audio. You'll be able to share videos over MMS, via e-mail, via your MobileMe gallery, or through YouTube.
Another new feature in the iPhone 3G S will be voice control. This will allow you to make calls, call up playlists or songs, and basically control any application through voice commands. You'll also be able to ask the iPhone questions (such as "What song is playing?") and the phone will speak the answer back to you.
Apple says that the new iPhone 3G S will offer better battery life than current versions, saying you can expect 5 hours of 3G talk-time, 12 hours of 2G talk-time, and 9 hours of Internet surfing via Wi-Fi.
Apple also announced that the current iPhone model, the iPhone 3G, will remain on the market, but at a discounted price. Starting today, you can get an 8GB iPhone 3G for $99.
The iPhone 3G S initially will be available in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. Apple expects it to be available in the 80 countries that the current iPhone is in within a few months.
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