Apple Announces iPhone 3G - sets July 11 launch

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By: switchtoamac at: 7:02 PM on June 9, 2008 | Comments (0)
Following several months of anticipation and widespread rumors, Apple announced "iPhone 3G" iPhone was during the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote.  The new iPhone combines the revolutionary features of the iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast as the first generation iPhone.  It will be available for purchase on July 11, 2008.

Comments from Apple CEO Steve Jobs

“Just one year after launching the iPhone, we’re launching the new iPhone 3G that is twice as fast at half the price,”  “iPhone 3G supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync right out of the box, runs the incredible third party apps created with the iPhone SDK, and will be available in more than 70 countries around the world this year.”

Courtesy of AppleKey Features

  • 3G capable
  • 2.8 times faster than EDGE
  • iPhone 2.0 software
  • Microsoft Exchange AcctiveSync
  • Simultaneous voice and data communications
  • GPS built-in
  • Improved battery life
  • flush headphone jack

3G - Speed - Network
iPhone 3G gives users ever faster access to the Internet and email over their cellular network with quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity around the world. iPhone 3G supports Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks and automatically switches between them to ensure the fastest possible download speeds. The new iPhone 3G also makes it easier to multi-task with simultaneous voice and data communications, thereby allowing users to browse the web, get map directions, or check email while on a call.

iPhone 2.0 Software
Courtesy of ApplePhone 3G includes the new iPhone 2.0 software with both the iPhone SDK and key enterprise features such as support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide over-the-air push email, contact and calendar syncing as well as remote wipe and Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to corporate networks. The iPhone SDK allows developers to create amazing applications that leverage the iPhone’s groundbreaking Multi-Touch™ user interface, animation technology, accelerometer and GPS technology on the world’s most advanced mobile platform

Additional features available with the iPhone 2.0 software include the ability to do real-time mapping and track your progress with GPS technology, mass move and delete multiple email messages, search for contacts, access a new scientific calculator, turn on parental control restrictions for specified content, save images directly from a web page or email them to your iPhone and easily transfer them back to your photo library on your Mac or PC. iPhone 3G delivers an amazing 10 hours of talk time on 2G networks and 5 hours using 3G, with up to 5 to 6 hours of web browsing, up to 7 hours for video playback and up to 24 hours for audio playback.

iPhone App Store

iPhone 3G includes the new App Store, providing iPhone users with native applications in a variety of categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The App Store on iPhone works over cellular networks and Wi-Fi, which means it is accessible from just about anywhere, so you can purchase and download applications wirelessly and start using them instantly. Some applications are even free and the App Store notifies you when application updates are available. The App Store will be available in 62 countries at launch.

MobileMe integration
Courtesy of AppleiPhone 3G takes advantage of MobileMe™, a new Internet service that pushes email, contacts, and calendars from an online “cloud” to native applications on iPhone, iPod® touch, Macs and PCs. With MobileMe email, messages are pushed instantly to iPhone, removing the need to manually check email and wait for downloads, and push keeps contacts and calendars continuously up-to-date so changes made on one device are automatically updated on other devices. With iPhone, you can even snap a photo and post it directly to a MobileMe Gallery to share with friends and family.

Pricing and Availability
iPhone 3G will be available in the US on July 11 for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 8GB model and $299 (US) for the 16GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail stores.  Qualifying customers will be required  to sign a new two year contract with AT&T. The iPhone 2.0 software will be included.  For additional pricing and availability information, visit the

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