The iPhone 4 release date was announced at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 7. The iPhone 4 will be available in Apple retail stores on June 24, 2010 and can pre-order or reserved as early as June 15, 2010.
The new iPhone 4 has several exciting and major new features:
1. FaceTime is what Apple is calling the new video calling on the iPhone 4. Using FaceTime is as easy as making a phone call. You can even turn the video portion on and off during the call. iPhone 4 has two built-in cameras, one on the front above the display and one on the back next to the LED flash. The front camera has been tuned for FaceTime – it has just the right field of view and focal length to focus on your face at arm’s length. You can switch the camera angle between those two built-in cameras to show either yourself or what is in front of you.
2. Retina Display is the sharpest, most vibrant, high-resolution phone screen ever. By developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen found on earlier iPhone models. The resulting pixel density of iPhone 4 — 326 pixels per inch — makes text and graphics look smooth and continuous at any size.
3. Multitasking allows you to run multiple applications at the same time. Now you can run your favorite third-party apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily. If you are playing a game and switch to another application, the game will be right where you left off when you return to that application. This also allows you to listen to music, such as Pandora, while working in other applications. The new iPhone 4 also allows you to file your applications in folders. For example, you can categorize all of your travel applications into a folder titled “Travel” to help organize your many apps.
4. HD Video Recording and Editing allows high-definition video recording that you can immediately edit in iMovie. The iPhone 4′s advanced backside illumination sensor delivers great-looking video in both bright and low-light settings. And in dark environments, you can brighten the scene with the built-in LED light.
5. 5-megapixel Camera with LED Flash and 5x Digital Zoom built into the iPhone 4 captures amazingly detailed images. A built-in LED flash illuminates low-light scenes. And the 5x digital zoom gets you closer to the action. You can even shoot self-portraits with the front camera.
The iPhone 4 video does a great job of explaining all of the new, exciting features. Click here to view the iPhone 4 Video.