Apple today introduced the new iPhone 3G, combining all the features of iPhone with 3G networking, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK. In the US the new iPhone 3G is priced at US$199 for the 8GB model, and US$299 for the 16GB model.
iPhone 3G will be available in more than 70 countries later this year, beginning with customer availability in 22 countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US — on July 11. The new version will be available through Vodafone in New Zealand.
“Just one year after launching the iPhone, we’re launching the new iPhone 3G that is twice as fast at half the price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.
iPhone 3G gives users access to the internet over its cellular network with quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity around the world. The device supports Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks and automatically switches between them to ensure the fastest possible download speeds. It also makes it easier to multi-task with simultaneous voice and data communications, so you could browse the web, get map directions, or check your email while you are on a call, says Apple.
The new device includes the iPhone 2.0 software with both the iPhone SDK and key enterprise features such as support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide over-the-air push email, contact and calendar syncing as well as remote wipe and Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to corporate networks, says Apple. The iPhone SDK allows third party developers to create applications.
Also included is the App Store, providing iPhone users with native applications in a variety of categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The App Store on iPhone works over cellular networks and Wi-Fi. The App Store will be available in 62 countries at launch, says Apple.
Additional features available with the iPhone 2.0 software include the ability to do real-time mapping and track your progress with GPS technology, mass move and delete multiple email messages, search for contacts, access a new scientific calculator, turn on parental control restrictions for specified content, save images directly from a web page or email them to your iPhone and transfer them back to your photo library on your Mac or PC.
According to Apple, the device delivers 10 hours of talk time on 2G networks and 5 hours using 3G, with up to 5 to 6 hours of web browsing, up to 7 hours for video playback and up to 24 hours for audio playback.