The Apple iPhone 4 will hit Australian shores by the end of July, according to a statement released by the tech giant. The announcement was made at a developer’s event in San Francisco.
The much-anticipated device will first reach US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24. It starts from $US199 for a 16GB device on top of a 24-month contract. A 32GB model will cost $US299 with the same contract.
Australia is one of 18 countries to get the product in the second international wave and about 70 other countries will have to wait until September. Australian prices and telco availability have not been confirmed.
The vendor is heavily pushing the phone’s video-calling abilities as a major selling point. Its 5MP camera comes with LED flash, HD recording and 5X zoom. The FaceTime software provided by Apple allows calls over wireless networks.
The iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen has a native resolution of 960 x 640. At 9.3mm, the unit is also 24 per cent thinner than the previous iPhone 3GS.
Apple also used the announcement to give more details about its iAd mobile advertising network. Users will be hit by ads as they run applications, but they will not have to exit the app to explore the advertisement.
iAd functionality will be built into the new iOS 4 operating system. iBooks will also be downloadable free of charge for the browsing, buying and storing of electronic books.
The phone is 3G-compatible and uses quad-band HSUPA. It provides 802.11n wireless networking, which is the latest certified Wi-Fi platform.