Top 10 Reasons to buy iPhone 4

10 reasons
iPhone 4
is so cool

SAN FRANCISCO APPLE CEO Steve Jobs said the iPhone 4 is the “biggest leap forward” the iPhone has made since it was introduced in 2007, CNN reported.At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday, he said: “Thisis without a doubt the most precisething and one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever made.”But besides being “beautiful”,what makes this iPhone different? Here are 10 reasons:

With 326 pixels per inch –four times that of previous Apple phones – Mr Jobs says the iPhone 4’s “retina display”screen is years ahead of anything else on the market.“Text looks like you’ve seen it in a fine printed book – unlike you’ve ever seen on an electronic display before,” he said.

The iPhone 4 has five sensors, including a gyroscope.What does that mean for users? Probably cooler games and apps. The iPhone 4’s internal gyroscope can sense motion on six axes. On Monday, MrJobs showed a demo where hepivoted in a circle, and the stack of blocks in an app spun with him.

It will be the thinnest smartphone on the market,Mr Jobs said. At 9.3mm thick, it is 24 per cent thinner than the previous iPhone model,the 3GS, he said. The iPhone 4’s screen remains the same size as before, 3.5 inches when measured diagonally.

Apple added an LED flash to the iPhone 4’s camera,which lets mobile photographers shoot photos and video more easily at night.

The quality of the iPhone4’s camera has improved over previous models’. The iPhone 4 shoots photos with 5 megapixels of resolution, compared to 3 megapixels before.The iPhone 4 also shoots HD video, and a video-editing app –called iMovie – which Apple will sell allows people to shoot, edit and share videos with the phone.

In addition to the back-ofthe-phone camera improvements, Apple also added a second camera, which faces its user. This can be used for video conferencing, which Apple and Mr Jobs expect to be an emerging trend in the use of mobile phones.

The iPhone’s operating system,which Apple calls iOS4, got an upgrade along with theiPhone 4’s hardware. Amongthe most-awaited changes is multitasking, which means that the phone can run multiple applications at one time.

The iPhone 4 is flat on the front and back, and a band of stainless steel goes around the edge as a trim. This isn’t just a design feature, Mr Jobs said. It’s actually the antennae. “It’s never been done before and it’s really cool engineering,” he said.

The iPhone 4 has a new processor – the A4 – which Apple says makes the phone faster than competitors’ and faster than the iPhone 3GS processor.

The improved battery life allows for 40 percent more talk time, Mr Jobs said

to get device
by end of
next month

SINGAPOREANS can expect to buy Apple’s iPhone 4 by theend of next month, said Apple.And all three telcos in Singapore have expressed interest in bringing the phone here, but declined to give anexact availability date.

M1 said yesterday that it“will launch iPhone 4...inSingapore in the coming months”, while StarHub said“we expect to launch iPhone 4 in coming months”.A SingTel spokesman said the firm is “keen to bring the latest iPhone to customers and we are in the final stages of discussions with Apple”. She said SingTel plans to make the new iPhone an affordable and compelling product, with “breakthrough mobile apps and value-added services”.

When the iPhone 3G was launched here in August 2008– one month after its UnitedStates release – it was available only through SingTel. Apple’s new iPhone 4 requires the use of a new smaller SIM card called micro SIM. The telcos here have already been selling micro SIMs with mobile-broadband plans. StarHub and M1 began selling them on May 29, while SingTel started retailing micro SIMs last Tuesday.

my paper understands that micro SIMs from at least one of the telcos can work with the iPhone 4. Another product that needs the micro SIM, specifically for surfing the Internet using cellular networks, is the 3Gversion of Apple’s iPad tablet.

There is a Wi-Fi-only iPadthat logs onto the Web at wireless hot spots. Apple said the iPad launches in Singapore officially next month, but Singaporean shave already got their hands on the 3G iPad as early as last month, and the Wi-Fi version in April.

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