Apple unveils iPhone 4

09:03, June 09, 2010      

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Apple chief executive Steve Jobs demonstrates features of the newly announced iPhone 4 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday. Photo: AFP

Apple unveiled its new iPhone Monday and is preparing its fastest-ever global rollout to try and stay a step ahead of rivals such as Google in the red-hot smartphone market.

"We are going to take the biggest leap since the original iPhone," Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said as he showed off the "iPhone 4" at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday.

The iPhone 4 will go on sale June 24 in Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States at a cost to new customers of $199 for the 16-gigabyte model and $299 for the 32-gigabyte version, as long as they subscribe to a two-year service plan.

The touchscreen smartphone, which comes in black and white versions, will be made available in 18 other countries in July and 24 more in August.

The iPhone 4 includes more than 100 new features, including a front-facing video camera to allow for video-conferencing between users, a better camera, an improved battery and a screen with significantly higher resolution.

But many of the innovations on the iPhone 4 had been expected, and industry watchers say it is becoming more difficult to stand out in a crowded field.

"There was nothing earth-shattering about what we saw or heard today," CCS insight analyst John Jackson said. "All of that said, you can't think it will be anything other than a phenomenal success."

Google's Android operating system - used by many brands from Motorola and HTC to Samsung Electronics and Dell - poses the biggest threat, analysts say.

South Korea's Samsung, the world's second-largest handset maker, unveiled a new smartphone Tuesday in its home market in hopes of rivaling the iPhone.

Samsung said its Galaxy S model, which runs on Google's open-sourced Android software, went on sale in Europe last week and received 1 million pre-orders. It said it had deals to supply the handset to more than 100 global mobile operators.

The iPhone's global share surged to more than 15 percent in the first quarter, putting it at No. 3 among smartphones. Phones based on Android ranked No. 4 with close to 10 percent of the market, a huge increase from the previous year and gaining, Gartner data shows.

Source: Global Times


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