WWDC 2010: iPhone 4 officially announced

“I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this.”

[the audience laughs]

“You ain’t seen it…”

Steve Jobs took the stage to officially announce the iPhone 4. Yep, that’s the official name. He called it the “most beautiful thing” Apple has ever made. It’s 24% thinner (9.3mm) and has glass on the front and back, and has steel around the sides. There’s a LED flash on the back to support the camera.

The stainless steel band that surrounds the camera (now 5MP, 5x digital zoom, also 720p video and video chat) is actually part of the antenna system. Improved reception? I hope so!

The iPhone’s new screen has four times the pixel density, which allows for things like anti-aliasing and sharper text on top of higher resolution graphics for games. We’re talking 326 pixels per inch, which Jobs says that this beats the limit of the human retina. This new resolution, 960×640 (800:1 contrast ratio), could allow for current iPad games to translate perfectly on the new iPhone.

Apple’s processor is the A4 chip, which is the same thing that they put in to the iPad.

On the gaming side, they’ve added a gyroscope to the phone, which brings the device up to 6-axis motion sensing, including pitch, roll and yaw, and rotation about gravity. Jobs played a wood block game (like Jenga) to demonstrate.

The iPhone 4 will be priced at $199 for a 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model, and will be offered in black and white colors. The phone will go on sale June 24th — preorders start June 15th.

[via Endgadget’s liveblog]

Dale North