Several leaks later, Apple has come clean about their next iPhone, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs told an audience in San Francisco would represent the biggest leap since the original iPhone.
Here are the major new features in the new iPhone, dubbed iPhone 4:
- Brand-new design, with glass on the front and back and steel around the sides.
- 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS -- 9.3MM.
- New external buttons to mute, turn volume up and down, sleep/wake button.
- Standard headphone jack and second mic for noise cancellation.
- New display capable of 326 ppi, which equates to, as Jobs puts it, "really sharp text."
- Features the Apple A4 chip, the same powerful chip powering the iPad.
- Improved battery life, getting users 40% more talk time (up to seven hours), six hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 300 hours of standby.
- Includes a gyroscope, allowing for pitch roll and yaw movement, and works with the accelerometer to provide a six degrees of complete movement for the device.
- Five-megapixel camera with back-lit sensor, 5x digital zoom, LED flash.
- High-definition video capture -- it's capable of capturing 720p video at 30 frames-per-second.
- iMovie. Looks like a tiny version of iMovie on Mac, including transitions, layering music from your iPad library, incorporate other movies and videos on the iPhone. Available for $4.99.
- iPhone OS 4 -- now renamed iOS 4 -- is included on the phone, with the previously announced multi-tasking, threaded e-mail conversations, folders.
- Bing is now an option for search, though Google will remain the default.
- iBooks comes to iPhone and you can sync books across iDevices for free.
- FaceTime, aka iChat for iPhone, is included -- but it requries Wi-Fi.
Stay tuned as more is announced!