iPhone 4 pre-order now available
The iPhone 4 pre-order launch did not go off without a few snags. At 6 a.m., Computerworld bloggers reported that the the US Apple store was flashing error messages. The site apparently went down for at least an hour, and was back up at 8 a.m., at which point Computerworld staff successfully pre-ordered an iPhone 4. Meanwhile, the Register reported that the UK Apple Store had apparently crumpled under heavy traffic.
Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4 at the WWDC conference in San Francisco last week. Although reviewers have not yet been given the chance to put the iPhone 4 through its full paces, early buzz is positive. Of especial interest is a range of features unique to the iPhone 4, including a gyroscope, for improved gaming motion control, and an HD video camera.
You can also now buy the iPhone 4 predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, for $99 with a contract from AT&T.
Apple limits preorders to two per customer. They deliver on June 24 or you can pick them up in stores on that day.
So what’s so special about the new iPhone 4, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasted was the “biggest leap since the original iPhone”?
It’s got more than 100 new features, including a higher resolution screen. It features a front-facing camera–great for video conferencing–and on the back, will have a five-megapixel camera and flash, so consumers will be able to shoot high-definition video.
The iPhone 4 is also skinny (less than 10 millimeters thick)–a full 2 millimeters thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS. Jobs says it is “the thinnest smartphone in the world.”
Gizmodo dishes on its other features, including an Apple A4 chip – the “brains” of the phone, a longer battery life–allowing users to talk for 40% longer and a built-in gyroscope that can track movement with better precision than the accelerometers in the older iPhones. The new model uses the iOS 4 operating system and has iMovie for iPhone, which lets you cut video and edit images.