Tuesday, June 9, 2009

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.0

WWDC 2009 has just started and the hottest news is of course, the new iPhone 3GS. It will be available for USD199 (16GB) and USD299 (32GB). As I predicted in my previous post here, the low cost iPhone is the iPhone 3G 8GB (previous generation), that will be sold for USD99 (~ SGD 145).

The new iPhone 3GS promises the following:
  • Faster loading time for messaging apps, games, and attachments (up to 2x).
  • "Tap to Focus" feature which allows users to tap an item in a photo and it will focus immediately
  • 3-megapixel autofocus camera
  • Better light sensitivity, so indoor photos look better
  • Video capture
  • Auto macro focus, auto focus, auto white balance and auto exposure for both still and video
  • Voice control (hold down the Home button) E.g. You can ask your phone, "What song is playing?" and it will tell you
  • Digital compass app
  • Hardware encryption
  • Improved battery life. 9 hours on WiFi, 10 hours watching video, 30 hours audio, 12 hours 2G talk, 5 hours 3G talk (no change in 3G talktime)

The iPhone 3.0 software (finally cut, copy and paste functionality) which all iPhone users can upgrade to free of charge will be available on 17th June. You can refer to my post here on iPhone 3.0 features. The iPhone 3GS however will only come to Singapore somewhere in July, and not 19th June.

The good news is that it seems that tethering and MMS (iPhone 3.0 features) will be supported by Singtel. Tethering will be supported by both cable and bluetooth, and it does not require any software to be installed on your machine.

The bad news however is that it's true that Singtel still holds the monopoly for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in Singapore. If you want an iPhone, you can only go to one telco for it.

I guess for Singapore, more news will be available in July.


Louis said...

SingTel's Australian unit, Optus has been selling very much cheaper iphone compared with SingTel (S'pore}

chantc said...

Reason is quite simple. Optus is not the number 1 player in Australia.

But Singtel is the number 1 here.

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