Apple unveils iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G includes GPS, faster browsing improved security, will be released in Qatar later in the year

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 9, 2008

Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 3G at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

As expected, the new phone includes support for 3G, GPS and more security features for enterprise users. CEO Steve Jobs, who introduced the device didn't specifically name any new countries that would receive the second generation iPhone, although following a possible clue in his keynote, it was confirmed that the phone would be available in Qatar later in the year.

The phone will officially launch on 11th July in 22 countries, and will be pushed out to a further 70 countries.

The new phone will come in 16GB and 8GB models, with Apple promising prices of no more than $299 and $199 respectively. Jobs said that the main reason given for people not buying the first generation iPhone was cost, so the company has done its best to keep the price down.

"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," said Jobs.

The new phone includes improved battery life to support 3G functionality, to give 5 hours 3G talk time; 8-10 hours for 2G and 300 hours standby time.

The battery will also support 5-6 hours of high-speed browsing, and Jobs also said that the iPhone 3G would provide very fast download times for browsing, up to 36% faster than the Nokia N95 and Treo 750.

During the keynote speech, Jobs stressed how the original iPhone had changed the usage model of smartphones, citing 98% of iPhone users are using it for browsing, 94% are using email, 90% are using SMS and 80% are using ten or more features.

The form factor of the iPhone 3G stays the same as the previous version, with 3.5 inch screen and built in camera, although it now has a fully plastic back and metal keys, and will be available in black and white colours.

The phone will be supported by iPhone software 2.0, which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, integration of Cisco's VPN capabilities for greater security and greater capabilities for Apple developers with the software developers kit. The new phone will support Chinese and Japanese character recognition, although no word on Arabic support.

The online App Store, where users can buy applications, will be extended to 62 countries at the time of launch. A large number of new online services and games were previewed during the keynote.

Jobs keynote also highlighted Apple's new MobileMe email service, which will provide up to 20GB of online storage, and a wide range of contact management and other capabilities, which will be hosted in the cloud.

3904 days ago

Am eagerly waiting to avail iPhone in Oman.

3905 days ago

Will it be available in the UAE?

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