Apple iPhone 3G gets official, world waits for July 11 launch date

iPhone 3G launch date - July 11Whew, that was an information-packed keynote, wasn’t it?

Here’s a quick re-cap on what to expect with the new iPhone 3G. The form-factor is mostly the same. Same 3.5-inch multi-touch screen, same button-less face, minimalist design – but with a few changes.

It’s thinner at the edges (a la MacBook Air), comes with a glossy-black plastic backing (and a special edition white version available), does 3G speeds with ease, integrated GPS with Google Maps live tracking, and will have even better battery life. How does 24 hours of audio and 5 hours of 3G talktime sound? Yea, we think it’s trick too!

Apple will offer their new .Mac replacement, mobile me, for $99 a year after a 60-day trial period. The new mobile me service allows for push everything – email, calendar, contacts, photos. And it syncs almost instantly.

There are going to be some incredible applications and games for the iPhone available through the AppStore – and it looks like free or $9.99 is going to be the pricing structure. At least we won’t have to worry about which application is going to be cheaper than another.

Enterprise is fully supported, which is good for business users. And the iPhone 3G’s faster data connection should make quick work of all that push emailing to and from your colleagues.

And, the iPhone 3G will launch in 20 countries worldwide on July 11 for $199. Talk about affordable – there won’t be any of those “it’s too expensive” arguments against the iPhone 3G floating around that we saw last year with the original iPhone’s launch.

That’s it for now, time to let the fingers catch a break.

  • Mr-X

    The iPhone 3G is too expensive!

    It costs 6 months more(18 months) than the contract on my N95 8GB (12 months). Plus, it will be a minimum of £100 more expensive than my N95 8GB… It was free!

  • Andrew

    Even the fanboys are sounding disappointed, but they’re more concerned about the lack of front-facing camera. I’m more concerned about the lack of decent camera, video, zoom and flash.

    Sure the phone’s $200 cheaper but it’s still on those long expensive contracts. $200′s a bit of a drop in the ocean when you add it up.

  • Andrew

    Another thing, why was Jobs comparing it to the N95? The N95′s a year and a half old now. In the world of mobile phones that’s like saying “Look, I can beat up my Granddad”.

    They didn’t really make a new phone, they just fixed problems with the old one. I was actually thinking about getting one of these as well.

  • viipottaja.

    Will, again, WTF?!?! Care to do a bit of research?

    “And, the iPhone 3G will launch in 20 countries worldwide on July 11 for $199. Talk about affordable – there won’t be any of those “it’s too expensive” arguments against the iPhone 3G floating around that we saw last year with the original iPhone’s launch.”

    Ooh aah.. it is actually AVAILABLE in many countries!! How revolutionary. And OH AND AH, it is cheaper.. errr.. no its not: that’s on conctract and $10/month more on data plan = MORE expensive than the original.

    Jesus, I used to like your site.

    PS. NO I don’t hate iPhone. It has the most gorgeus UI around, no doubt about it. But oh please oh please, take a deep breath and get some perspective already.

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