New iPhone to hit Dubai outlets in a month

The iPhone will cost $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for 32GB.

Apple's new iPhone will be available in the UAE a month after the official launch, said retailers.

The iPhone 4 will go on sale on June 24 in in Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States and will cost $199 for the 16 gigabyte model and $299 for the 32GB version.

The touchscreen smartphone, which comes in black and white versions, will be available in 18 other countries in July and 24 more in August. Apple's official retailers in Dubai expect the iPhone to reach UAE stores only after a month. However, the grey market retailers expect to receive the phone immediately after the launch.

Apple's new iPhone features video chat, can shoot and edit high-definition quality video and has a crisper resolution screen.

"We are going to take the biggest leap since the original iPhone," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said as he showed off the iPhone 4 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

The iPhone 4 includes more than 100 new features, including a front-facing video camera to allow for video-conferencing between iPhones, a better still camera, an improved battery and a screen with significantly higher resolution. To demonstrate the video chat programme, called 'FaceTime', Jobs, dressed in his trademark black turtleneck and blue jeans, called up Jonathan Ive, an Apple product designer, and held an iPhone-to-iPhone video conversation.

The iPhone 4 can also shoot and edit HD video.

Randy Ubillos, Apple's Chief Architect for Video Applications, displayed an iMovie for iPhone video editing programme available from Apple's store for $4.99. Jobs touted the higher-resolution screen as a major leap forward. "There has never been a display like this on a phone," he said.

The 3.5-inch screen is the same size as on previous models but features 326 pixels per square inch, four times more pixels than the earlier iPhones.

"That's going to set the standard for display for years to come," Jobs said.

The improved battery life allows for 40 per cent more talk time and the iPhone 4 – at 9.3 millimeters or three-eighths of an inch – is 24 per cent thinner than the previous model, iPhone 3GS.

The iPhone 4, which runs on Apple's A4 processor, features a five-megapixel camera, an improvement on the previous three-megapixel camera. Users will also have the option to use Microsoft's Bing as an internet search engine in addition to Google and Yahoo! Google remains the default search engine.

Jobs joked that some of the attendees at the conference may have seen the iPhone 4 previously "because there have been a few photos around". Technology blog Gizmodo obtained a prototype of the iPhone in April from a 21-year-old man who found it in a California beer garden, where it had been lost by an Apple software engineer, and published details of the device.

Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 and has sold more than 50 million as it battles devices powered by Google's Android platform, the BlackBerry from Canada's Research in Motion and others for the fast-growing market.

Before displaying the latest iPhone, Jobs said more than five million digital books have been downloaded since Apple began selling its iPad tablet computer two months ago.

Jobs, who received a standing ovation as he walked on stage to address the more than 5,200 software developers attending the conference, said the 8,500 applications developed for the iPad have been downloaded more than 35 million times from Apple's App Store.

Apple has sold more than two million iPads since it went on sale in the United States in early April and in nine other countries late last month. Jobs said that 225,000 applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch were currently available and that five billion applications had been downloaded from the App Store as of last week.

 

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