Apples iPhone 3G With Much Fanfare
WITH ANTICIPATION AT a fever pitch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 3G to an appreciative audience during the opening keynote speech at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference.
The new iPhone, sporting a thinner and sleeker look, will support faster 3G (third-generation) broadband wireless networks and come with built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) capabilities, Jobs said. Support for 3G networks will enable the new iPhone to download data up to 2.8 times faster than the earlier model, Jobs said. Built-in GPS will make it easier for users to navigate roads.
The iPhone 3G will come with a 3.5-inch screen and have better battery life, with talk time of five hours, stand-by time of 300 hours, six hours of high-speed browsing time, 20 hours of audio and seven hours of video, Jobs said. Some who had previously bought iPhones complained about its battery life and that was a problem that Apple needed to solve with the new iPhone, Jobs said.
Quicker data downloads and lower prices are key to greater adoption of iPhones worldwide, Jobs said. Apple has cut the price by half to make the new iPhone more affordable for users, so that the 8G-byte model will sell for $199 (aaprox Rs. 8,000) and the 16G-byte model fo $299 (approx Rs. 12,000). The phone will ship on July 11 in North America at will eventually be rolled ou in 70 countries, including India, China, Singapore an( Australia, Jobs said.
Meanwhile, Apple also announced that iPhone 3G is being brought to custom ers in India later this year through Bharti Airtel.