Preview of 3G Apple iPhone – Launching July 11

The next generation iPhone is cheaper and faster than – in fact according to Steve Jobs who recently unveiled the new iPhone 3G at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco it “is twice as fast at half the price. It is also reported to be thinner.

The new version will roll out in 22 countries on July 11 and to 70 countries by end of 2008.

Mobile operators are ramping up great value data plans for when the new version is released. The original iPhone, built to run on slower, so-called 2.5G networks, with the new version upspec’d to 3G networks, accounting for its faster speed.

Currently Apple holds 20 percent share of the US smartphone market, and 5 per cent in the rest of the world.  Main competitors to the 3G iPhone are RIM BlackBerry and Nokia’s N95.

Expected Retail Price – US$199 for an 8-gigabyte model; $299 for a 16GB version. This compares very favorably to the first version which sold out $599 and was subsequently reduced to $399.

Color – a choice of black or white for the flagship version; the entry-level 8GB will only be available in black.

Other Special Features – The new iPhone also comes with built in GPS satellite navigation to support location-based services. The prior model used a combination of Wi-Fi and cell tower responses to determine a users’ location.

iPhone 3G has also resolved numerous issues with the original, adding a flush-mounted headphone jack and increased battery life.

A short video on some of the iphone features [poor sound-sorry]

 

iPhone Features
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