Apple Announces iPhone 3G S Available June 19, Pre-Sale Starting Today

Confirming rumors and widespread speculation, Phil Schiller announced the iPhone 3G S today at their WWDC keynote. As anticipated, it has several new hardware features, including support for 7.2 HSDPA, a 3 megapixel camera, video functionality, voice commands, a faster processor and more.

The iPhone 3G S will be available in the US on June 19 at $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB. You can also pre-purchase your iPhone 3G S or reserve one at Apple.com.

The iPhone 3G S boasts improved hardware, increasing general responsiveness across the board. Apple didn’t go into hardware specifications like RAM and CPU, but things like launching messaging is twice as fast on the new device. It also has support for 7.2bps HSDPA 3G, which is faster than the current iPhone 3G (although AT&T has yet to roll out support for the new protocol). It has longer battery life, offering 9 hours of internet surfing, 10 hours of video, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G tak time and 5 hours of 3G talk time.

The new device has a digital compass that can tell the direction the device is pointing in, accompanied by a compass app that shows your location and orientation with a tap Nike+ support, new accessibility controls like VoiceOver, zooming, color inversion and more.

The iPhone 3G S has a 3 Megapixel camera with autofocus capabilities, as we saw in leaked photographs. It also has better low-light sensitivity, auto-macro for as close as 10cm. It can also capture video, which can be edited on the device and uploaded to YouTube, MobileMe or iTunes.

Lastly, the iPhone 3G S adds voice controls, which are accessed by holding down on the home button on the new device. Saying “What’s playing now?” with the iPod app active causes it to tell you what’s playing. Saying “Play more songs like this” causes it to build a genius playlist. It can also be used to make calls. For example, saying “Call Scott Forestall” will cause it to place the call (assuming you have Scott’s contact info).

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