Apple talks 3G iPhone, MobileMe, 2.0 firmware, App Store at WWDC
The keynote at WWDC 08 just wrapped up and while there weren’t any real surprises it was still nice to get confirmation on two Apple rumors: the 3G iPhone is real and so is MobileMe.
First up, the new iPhone.
The original iPhone was and still is a very successful product launch and the new one looks to be even more so with the biggest barrier being removed–price.
The new iPhone will start at $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version and features will include:
- Same excellent screen
- 3G data speed (roughly 2.8x the speed of EDGE)
- Flush headphone jack
- Thinner than original model
- “Dramatically” improved audio
- Battery life: 300 hours standby, 10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time, 5-6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio
Look for the 3G iPhone to be available in 22 countries on on July 11th and eventually be available in over 70.
Apple also used the keynote to talk about the upcoming replacement to .Mac called MobileMe.
MobileMe will be a web service that can keep a Mac, PC and iPhone in sync with email, contacts and calendar events and works with Outlook on the PC.
MobileMe will also include a gallery feature that can sync photos from your iPhone. Look for the new MobileMe service to launch in July and current .Mac subscribers will be automatically moved over to the new service.
Apple also talked a bit about the upcoming 2.0 firmware for the original iPhone and the iPod Touch.
Some of the new features in the 2.0 firmware will be:
- Ability to search contacts with live results
- Full iWork document support
- Support for MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
- Ability to bulk delete and move messages
- Ability to save pictures send to you
- New calculator with scientific mode when the iPhone/iPod Touch is held sideways
- Parental controls
- Enhanced language support
- App Store
Look for the new 2.0 firmware to be a free down for iPhones and a $9.99 upgrade for iPod Touch owners when it hits in July.
There was also minor mention of OS 10.6, aka “Snow Leopard” but not much was said about it.
If you were holding your breath for the Fusion rumor to pan out guess it’s time to move on–no new computer was announced.