Special: WWDC 2008 Keynote Coverage
At today’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple’s Steve Jobs demonstrated the newest firmware for the iPhone, as well as new an updated iPhone, due July 11. The new iPhone features numerous improvements in a smaller size for half the price, but the biggest news was the inclusion of 3G, a faster technology for data on phones.
The new iPhone Firmware 2.0 will be free to existing iPhone customers and $9.95 for iPod Touch customers in early July and include:
- Contact searching
- Complete iWork and Office document support
- Bulk delete and move for Mail
- Saves images you receive
- Landscape-mode scientific calculator
- Parental and language controls
- App store
There will also be a notification feature to allow certain applications to be used when not actually open on the iPhone.
Also introduced today was a completely new iPhone, which includes the following:
- 3G-capable, 2.8x faster than EDGE
- Built-in GPS
- Better battery life: 300 hours of standby, 10 hours talk time for 2G, 5 hours talk time for 3G, 5-6 hours for browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours audio
- Flush headphone jack (no more stupid adapters!)
The new iPhone will be available July 11 in 22 countries for $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB). The 16GB model is also available in white. There is no word yet on if the iPhone has A2DP Bluetooth audio.