After all the buzz and sizzle Apple finally introduces the new iPhone 3G. This phone is anticipated to revolutionize the telecom industry. It brings with it a faster 3G networking, in-built GPS capability for mobile services (expanded location) and iPhone 2.0 software that bundles up many applications at just half the price. Apple is celebrating the anniversary of the iPhone by bringing technology on the most advanced platform in the world.
Apple has been striving to make the iPhone available in more than 70 countries later this year, and this effort is clearly seen as Apple begins with the customer availability of the iPhone in 22 countries. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US will be countries to grab this phone on July 11. The 8 GB version is available only in black color and the 16 GB one is available in both black and white colors.
“Just one year after launching the iPhone, we’re launching the new iPhone 3G that is twice as fast at half the price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “ iPhone 3G supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync right out of the box, runs the incredible third party apps created with the iPhone SDK, and will be available in more than 70 countries around the world this year.”
The new 3G version offers faster access to the Internet and email with quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity. The iPhone not only supports Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks but also provides automatic switching between them and assures fastest possible download speeds. The multi-tasking feature allows simultaneous voice and data communications that enables you to browse the web, check emails as well as get map directions while on call.
The 3G iPhone 2.0 software offers iPhone SDK and key enterprise features like supporting Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, contact and calendar syncing, remote wipe, Multi-Touch user interface, accelerometer, animation technology and Cisco IPsec VPN allowing encrypted access to corporate networks.
The users of iPhone 3G are provided with App Store that offers native applications in categories like games, business, sports, reference and health. The App Store is available on WiFi and cellular networks and needs to be purchased and downloaded. It will be available in 62 countries at the launch.
With the new iPhone 3G you can mass move and delete multiple email messages, search for contacts, access a new scientific calculator, turn on parental control restrictions for specified content, real-time mapping, track your progress with GPS technology etc. The iPhone 3G offers talk time of 10 hours on 2G networks and 5 hours of talk time on 3G networks. It offers 5 to 6 hours of web browsing, 7 hours of video playback and 24 hours of audio playback.
The iPhone 3G’s new MobileMe Internet service pushes contacts, emails and calendars from an online “cloud” to iPhone, iPod touch, Macs and PCs. MobileMe pushes emails and messages instantly to iPhone thus eliminating the need to check email and wait for downloads. The changes made on one device are automatically updated on the other device. MobileMe Gallery enables you to directly share your snap with family and friends. The subscription based service MobileMe with 20 GB storage is available for $99 (US) per year.
Available at Apple and AT&T retail stores in the US from July 11, the 8 GB and 16 GB iPhone 3G models can be purchased at an unimaginable price of $199 and $299 respectively. A new two year contract with AT&T is required.