We will be bringing you the news later today, but if you want to follow along with the various gadget blogs who are live blogging WWDC we’ve found our favorites listed below for you to tune into. The event is at 10:00AM Pacific, and the following times in your locale.
iPhone 4 Pricing and availability:
The iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order on June 15th and for purchase on June 24th. AT&T is giving everyone within 6 months of their contract end the option of upgrading to an iPhone 4 at promotional pricing.
- Black and White – 16GB – $199 with 2 year contract
- Black and White – 32 GB – $299 with 2 year contract
Big news from WWDC:
The iPad has sold over 2 million iPads, that’s one every 3 seconds. The iPad is currently being sold in 10 countries. There are already 8,500 native iPad apps and these have been downloaded over 35 million times; about 17 apps per iPad (this seems very low).
Credit: Ars Technica
iBooks updated: In the first two months, more than 5 Million books downloaded, 2.5 books per iPad. Does this include Winnie the Pooh?
Enhancements coming to iBooks
- Ability to view and read PDFs, bookshelf for PDFs.
- Notes and Bookmarks shown in Table of Contents.
- Out later this month.
The App Store: HTML 5 is Apple’s open App store, similar to the ability to install any app on Android devices. Apple curates the App Store which has over 225,000 apps and where they curate over 15,000 apps a week in 30 different languages.
95% of apps are approved in 7 days. Those that aren’t are usually not approved because; they don’t perform as advertised, private API’s are used (which could break when the iPhone operating system is upgraded) and apps that crash. More Apple App store stats.
- NetFlix – Netflix on the iPhone, pick up shows in the same place no matter which device.
- Farmville – Same farm from Facebook with push notifications for “withering crops”.
- Guitar Hero – Brand new exclusive for the iPhone, 3D customizable Rockstars! Also an iPad version for $2.99 available today.
Credit: Ars Technica
App Store Stats:
- 5 Billion app downloads
- $1 Billion paid to developers
- All new design
- Glass on the front, stainless steal all around
- “Glass and steelâ€¦ its closest kin is like an old Leica camera. And it’s really thin.â€ – Steve Jobs
- 9.3mm thick, that is 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS
- Front facing camera
- Second mic for noise cancellation
- Black and white versions
- Antennae built into the stainless steel band
credit: Ars Technica
- Retina display for sharper text and better precision (326 pixels per inch)
- 800:1 contrast ratio – 4x better than the iPhone 3GS
- 3.5 inch 960 x 640 display
- Powered by Apple A4 chip which is optimized for better battery life.
Longer battery life – 7 hours 3G talk, 6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours WiFi browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours music, 300 hours standby.
Gyroscope – built in, great for gaming. This will make gaming much more responsive than using an accelerometer. Below is a demo of the gyroscope for a Jenga-like game.
Improved camera system to make your pictures look better, offers HD video recording, and on phone picture editing so you can share it easier.
iMovie for the iPhone – Video editing right on your iPhone for $4.99 from Apple. More details on iMovie for iPhone.
iPhone OS 4: iOS4
- Wirelessly sync to iPhone, iPad & iPod
- Better enterprise options – data protection, device management, wireless app distribution, multiple exchange support, SSL VPN support and Exchange Server 2010.
- Search provider choices – Google, Bing and Yahoo. Google is still the default.
- More on iOS4 new features
FaceTime – video calling over WiFi front or rear camera. More details on iPhone FaceTime.
Best places to view a WWDC live blog:
Enjoy, and if you don’t want to spend an hour waiting for , “And, one more thing!” You can tune into Notebooks.com for a detailed summary about the iPhone HD and what it means for you.