Apple iPhone 4 announced

Will feature video conferencing

Apple's next generation smartphone, the iPhone 4, will be available in Australia by the end of July.

The new device and successor to the iPhone 3GS has a five megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p high definition video recording, A4 processor, a three-axis gyro – which can combine with the accelerometer to provide six-axis motion sensing such as up and down, side to side, forward and backward and pitch and roll.

Apple’s chief executive officer, Steve Jobs, said the new FaceTime feature for video calling would be usable in any area with Wi-Fi coverage, and utilises both the rear and new front camera. There was no mention of whether the feature could be used over 3G.

The device claims to be more durable, being built out of aluminosilcate glass and stainless steel, and has increased strength and scratch resistance. It is also thinner than its predecessor at 9.3 millimetres as opposed to 12.3 on the 3GS model.

The retina display is 3.5 inches at a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels (four times as many as the iPhone 3GS and 78 per cent of the pixels on the iPad), resulting in 326 pixels per inch and a clearer electronic display for text, images and video.

iPhone 4 houses iOS 4 which features folders, mail, enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. It also provides users with multitasking, which allows switching between apps instantly while preserving the battery life.

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