New CEO Tim Cook unveiled a faster 3G smartphone that can support both GSM and CDMA at an event at the company HQ in Cupertino, Calif. As expected, the phone also sported a better camera and a clever little voice-activated personal assistant called "Siri."
Here's a rundown of some of the new features:
- It's a "worldphone" that supports both CDMA and GSM that will be available for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Wireless and -- for the first time -- Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)
- Faster data transmissions and better voice quality through intelligent switching dual-antennas
- Support for High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) 3G on the GSM side. The maximum download speed possible over this network upgrade is 14.4-Mbit/s, and 3-Mbit/s or less is more typical on average, although Apple's antenna update may juice that up
- New A5 processor that will allow eight hours of talk time on 3G and six hours of 3G browsing
- A voice-activated personal assistant on the phone that can let users make appointments, search, set alarms and dictate documents over the phone. According to The Guardian's live stream, the voice-recognition capabilities of Siri are impressive
- A new eight-megapixel camera with faster point-and-shoot capabilities and 1080p video capture
The new phone will be launched on Oct. 14 in the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. It will be priced at $199 for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB version and $399 for the 64GB monster.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile