Apple unveils new iPhone with added features

The upgraded device boasts faster Internet speed, GPS mapping and more languages

Apple Corporation CEO Steve Jobs looks at a screen showing the new iPhone 3G during his keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in...

Apple Corporation CEO Steve Jobs looks at a screen showing the new iPhone 3G during his keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in...

Apple Monday unveiled a new version of its popular iPhone built for high-speed wireless networks with faster Internet access and more features for business users.
"It's incredibly zippy," chief executive Steve Jobs said as he demonstrated the new mobile device at the opening of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
"We've learned so much with the first iPhone. We've taken what we've learned and more and created the iPhone 3G; and it's beautiful."
The iPhone 3G - for third-generation mobile networks - is designed for faster Internet downloads, longer talk times, and takes advantage of the high-speed network to provide GPS mapping built in, Jobs said.
Apple will begin rolling out new versions of the sleek smartphone devices July 11 and make it available in 70 countries. The first-generation iPhone is available in six countries.
"The next time you are in Malta and need an iPhone, you will be able to get it," Jobs aid.
IPhone's software update features "many new languages," including two forms of Japanese and two forms of Chinese, one that lets users draw characters on the devices' touch-screens.
"You can switch between languages on the fly," Jobs said. "It's one of the great advantages of not having a bunch of plastic keys for your keyboard."
Competitive prices
The crowd cheered when Jobs announced the iPhone 3G will sell for US$199 with eight gigabytes of memory. Apple will charge US$299 for a model with 16 gigabytes of memory.
"It is a very aggressive price point and it is going to do some damage to the other players in the market," Gartner analyst Van Baker told Agence France-Presse, listing BlackBerry and Nokia among competitors in iPhone's crosshairs.
"It is clearly moving iPhone from being noticeable in the market to being potentially a market leader."
The eight-gigabyte iPhone 3G will be half the price of its predecessor and work twice as fast, according to Apple.
Jobs also said iPhone's second-generation software will let business users send and receive Microsoft Exchange email, in a direct shot at rival BlackBerry.
The iPhone software update is aimed at a business market that is currently hooked on BlackBerry devices made by Canada-based Research In Motion.
BlackBerry handsets have long let people "push" work email to the devices using the Microsoft email system.
Virtual private network
Apple worked with Cisco Systems to build virtual private network services into iPhones so businesses can establish secure connections to protect data being transferred.
Thirty-five percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. military have "beta" tested iPhone's enterprise email, according to Jobs.
"It really has the ability to pack the power of a laptop into the size of a smart phone," said Randy Brooks, senior vice president of information technology at Walt Disney Company.
The iPhone 2.0 software update will be free to iPhone users and be available for iTouch iPods for 9.99 dollars. Apple introduced a "Mobileme" service that lets people access personal email accounts on iPhones, laptops, or home computers via the Internet.
Apple also showcased iPhone applications crafted by third-party developers as part of a move to stock an "App Store" slated to open online for business July 11.

Updated : 2021-04-15 03:35 GMT+08:00