iPhone 3G available 11th July

Apple announced iPhone 3G on Monday in a keynote by Steve Jobs at the WWDC in San Francisco. It will be available in the UK on the 11th July via O2.

New features include:

  • 3G-capable. 2.8 times faster than EDGE.
  • GPS built-in
  • Thinner
  • Better battery life – 300 hours of standby, 2G talk-time 10 hours (as opposed to 5), 5 hours of 3G talk-time (competition is 3 hour 3G talk time), 5 to 6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio.
  • Flush headphone jack

Other new features are:

  • contact searching
  • complete iWork document support
  • complete Office document support (now includes PowerPoint)
  • bulk delete and move for Mail
  • save images you receive
  • scientific calculator in landscape mode
  • parental controls
  • language

I wonder if the Keynote (iWork) and PowerPoint support also allows you to show the presentation via an AV cable in the same way you can do at the moment with video and images.

It will be interesting to see also if iWork (or even Office) support includes editing and creating support, or is it just going to be reading, I suspect the latter.

Of course there are also all the features announced when the iPhone SDK was released earlier this year which include:

  • Exchange and ActivSync support
  • Applications
  • VPN

Downside is that you now need to activate the phone in store, so now unlocking just became a lot more expensive as you will have to buy into a phone plan as well as the phone.

Though O2 do say they will be offering it on a Pay As You Go contract in addition to the Pay Monthly contract they had with the old iPhone.

Overall I am tempted by the new iPhone, it’s certainly a much

2 Replies to “iPhone 3G available 11th July”

  1. I’m very tempted too… I’ve just recently extended my T-Mobile contract but a PAYG version will be tempting.

    I’m just glad of the third party apps especially as Apple seem adamant not to sync Notes and To Dos… or perhaps these will be unannounced features in 2.0.

    When I wanted a backup of a Powerpoint presentation in my pocket I’ve printed the Powerpoint slide show to a PDF file in OS X then used “PDF to PSP” (http://pdf2psp.sourceforge.net/) to convert each slide to an image that can be synced to an iPod and the displayed on any video device.

  2. If you save your PowerPoint (or Keynote) presentation as an image (JPG or PNG) it will be saved as a series of webpages and this can be sync’d to an iPod without needing to convert the PDF.

    Another option is to export your presentaion as a Quicktime movie and convert into an iPod format.

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