World welcomes iPhone 3GS

Swirling rumours and endless speculation reached a dramatic climax yesterday when Apple finally revealed its new iPhone at the 2009 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 9, 2009

Swirling rumours and endless speculation reached a dramatic climax yesterday when Apple finally revealed its new iPhone at the 2009 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. So was it worth all the hype? Almost.

If you fancy yourself a modern-day Indiana Jones and still use a compass, now might be the time to toss that old tool aside because the new iPhone comes with a digital version (gasp!) so you’ll always know where North, along with the other bores – South, East and West – is. Oh and a brand new 3 megapixel camera and a video recorder? Welcome to 2007. Moving on…

A few features stand out though; like the VoiceOver, a screen reader that tells you what’s on your 3GS display, and voice control that lets you show your iPhone who’s boss by commanding it to play, shuffle or pause music tracks aside from just using it for the dial-a-friend option.

It also claims to top in speed (twice as fast as the iPhone 3G!) and comes with extended battery life, which is always a bonus! More importantly, it runs the new iPhone 3.0 operating system that comes with over a hundred features including much-needed cut, copy and paste functionality. [A full list of specs can be found at the Apple site]

When launched in the US through AT&T on June 19th, the 3GS will cost just $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for 32GB. That’s good value…for customers in the US.

While it’s speculated to reach the UAE before summer is over, experience has shown us that its price will probably be as uncomfortable as the sweltering heat.

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