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Live from Apple’s iPhone launch

12.39 Some useful information off the Tweetvine: O2 will offer MMS messages on the iPhone but it will come out of your SMS allocation. 1 MMS=4 SMS. (T

Meanwhile O2 tethering will cost at least £15 a month extra. Boo.

You can follow my Twitter updates as I go in search of the 3GS here:


12.20 I’m off to get hands on with the iPhone 3Gs. Check back soon for my first impressions.

12.10 Well, that’s it then: as expected, we have a nicely tweaked, but hardly revolutionary, iPhone. The autofocus camera will produce better shots, but 3MP is hardly cutting edge and there’s still no flash.

Video recording, editing and uploading is definitely a boon, and although the editing is a very simple, we can expect more complex software from 3rd party developers as the video camera has its own API.

Voice control sounds a bit gimmicky to me, but it’s a headline-grabber.

But in reality it’s the performance boost that will be most useful – a stronger battery and more responsive control for the more powerful 3.0 software.

The iPhone 3Gs doesn’t necessarily merit an immediate upgrade, – and UK pricing is currently unavailable – but it’ll certainly win over a few converts to the cause.

Howeve, it’s Apple’s amazing community of developers, who are here in force, that will really shape the future of the iPhone. The hardware is just a platform – it’s what you do with it that counts. And until Symbian, Android and Windows communities become as energised, the iPhone will retain its crown as the king of smartphones.

12.00 The iPhone 3Gs is $199 for 16GB and $299 for a new 32GB version. It’s coming on June 19th, including to the UK.

The old iPhone 3G will be available at $99.

11.59 Battery life is better too – up to 9 hours WI-Fi web browsing.

11.56 There’s a built-in compass that will orient Google Maps so you can work out which way you’re facing. 2.00 The iPhone 3Gs is $199 for 16GB and $299 for a new 32GB verions

11.59 Battery life is better to – up to 9 hours WI-Fi web browsing.

11.56 There’s a built-in compass that will orient Google Maps so you can work out which way you’re facing.

11.55 Voice control. Hold down the home button and it brings up a waveform that allows you to make calls and control your music. You can even ask the iPhone what music is playing, and ask it to create a playlist of similar tracks.

11.51 The iPhone 3Gs has video recording too, and video editing. And, of course, videos can be instantly shared via YouTube, email or MMS.

11.49 It has a 3MP autofocus camera. It has ‘tap to focus’ so you can tap on an object and it’ll focus on it. It has auto macro for shots as close as 10cm, and better low-light performance.

11.46 It’s true. There’s a new iPhone. It looks very similar but it’s called the 3Gs, with the ‘s’ standing for speed. It’s 2-3x faster.

11.45 Right, Phil Schiller is back. Good. Hardware please. Please.

11.41 iPhone 3.0 will be available June 17, with gold master code delivered at the conference today. It’s free for iPhone users and $9.99 for iPod Touch users.

11.37 And the final – yey! – demo is a musical app that allows you to control your guitar and amp from your iPhone. If you have a Variax guitar. But there’s a problem with the demo, so I’m not really sure what it’s trying to do.

11.36 NG Moco – the team behind Topple and Word Fu – are now showing off their latest game, Star Defense, which allows expansion packs and multiplayer gaming. Star Defense is available today for $5.99.

11.23 And the first turn-by-turn satellite navigation – from TomTom. It works in portrait and landscape mode with voice commans. TomTom are also offering an in-car kit that brings handsfree calling, enhanced GPS, power, and music. Very impressive.

11.18 I’m not really into medical apps, but we’re now getting a demonstration of an iPhone remotely monitoring a patient, with live heart waveform and other vital signs.

11.14 And now it’s the turn of the app developers, beginning with Gameloft showing off its latest racing game, which includes a new in-game car stereo for accessing your tunes, plus multiplayer gaming, including over the internet.

11.13 New push notifications allow text updates and instant messaging.

11.11 Google Maps can now be added into applications, and turn-by-turn navigation is now allowed.

11.10 Peer-to-peer functionaity enables a Bluetooth connection for multiplayer gaming and content sharing without needing to pair phones.

11.09 In-app purchase will allow you to buy new levels for games or magazine subscriptions.

11.05 This one rings a bell with me: Find my iPhone. When you lose your phone, just log into me.com and you can see where the phone is on a map. You can activate a radar-style pinging sound, which works even when the iPhone is in silent mode.

And if your phone is stolen, you can remotely wipe all data from it.


11.02 More cool features:

– javascript speed improvements

– autofill

– HTTP video and audio streaming

– Over 30 languages, with their own keyboards that work in portrait and landcape

11.01 Tethered web connection allows you to share your iPhone’s 3G connection on Mac or PC via USB or over Bluetooth. The O2 logo was on the screen of carriers who will be supporting this, too.

10.59 The iPhone 3.0 software will also allow you to rent and download movies direct from iTunes.

10.55 After a video about developers, we’re on to looking at iPhone 3.0 software, which has been in beta for a while. Among 100 changes are key features such as:

– cut, copy and paste (wild cheering)

– landscape keyboard on all key applications, including Mail, Notes and Messages (polite applause).

– MMS (muted applause). AT&T won’t support it until later this summer, which raises a laugh.

– Spotlight search that searches all your content including messages on your mail server, even if it’s not on your iPhone

10.50. And on to iPhone. The SDK has been downloaded 1m times, and there are now 50,000 apps on the App Store. And there are over 40million iPhones and iPod Touches for them to run on.

In just nine months, 1bn apps have been downloaded.

10.47 The good news: Snow Leopard will only cost $29 if you already use Leopard (compared to $129 for Leopard).

10.42 Microsoft Exchange support is built into Mail, Calendar and Address Book – and setting it up is just a case of entering your username and password once. We’re getting a demo now. For those of us who have to use Entourage at the moment, this is great news… but it’s still not enough to justify paying to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

10.35 Next up, how Snow Leopard deals with technology: all major applications run in 64 bit mode, which is faster and allows unlimited memory useage.

Then there’s the way Snow Leopard uses multi-core, or ‘mool-ti core’ as Betrand calls it. A new system called Grand Central Despatch allows better multi-threading. This news is not greeted with an ovation.

Finally, there’s graphics. Snow Leopard moves beyond OpenGL graphics… to OpenCL. The ‘c’ stands for ‘computing’, apparently. I’ve no idea what this means, but some of the developers here presumably do.

The bottom line is: more power.

10.33 Sorry for the delays in updates – there’s been some network issues here but they seem to be resolved. We’re now getting a demo of Safari 4.0 and Quicktime 10, which has some lovely editing feature that allow you to trim clips using a new timeline feature.

10.22 And next up: Mac OS X, which begins with a guy called Bertrand telling us how much better Mac OS is than Vista – and Windows 7. Windows still has defrag, DLL and levels of security complexity. “Fundamentally [Windows 7] is just another version of Vista’.

Snow Leopard builds upon the success of Leopard. Refinements, new technologies and Exchange support.

First up, refinements:

– Finder has been rewritten with cocoa

– The Dock has Exposé build in. Click and hold on an app icon and you see all of the windows of that app, shrunk down.

– Installation is 45% faster. And you’ll recover disk space – over half the footprint of the OS, 6GB, is reclaimed.

– Mail is faster.

– Safari 4.0 has been in beta for a couple of months, but today it’s shipping for Leopard, Tiger and Windows. Javascript is 7.8x as fast as internet explorer. It will also be included in Snow Leopard, with a couple of extra features. First of all, crash resistance which, just like google Chrome, means that one tab with an error doesn’t bring the whole browser down.

– Quicktime 10. Hardware accelerated, colour correct and super efficient. Also HTTPS streaming.

10.13 New 13in Macbook Pro, starting at $1199. Also with 2 hours more battery life (to 7 hours) and new brighter display and SD card slot. Plus it has a backlit keypad and FireWire 800 ports.

10.08 Instead of an Expresscard slot, it has an SD card slot. And it’s the fastest acbook every, with up to 3.06GHz processor and up to 8GB of RAM. And up to half a terabyte of hard drive, or up to 256 SSD. But that’s gonna set you back…

…but the starting price is lower $1699, with 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 250GB Hd and 9400M graphics. For $2299 you’ll get 2.8GHz, 500GB, 9400 & 9600M GT graphics. And yes, the battery is built in.

The 17in Macbook is also updated and cheaper than before. And they’re shipping today.

10.06 There’s a new 15in MacBook Pro. New Lithium Polymer battery that gives up to 7 hours of battery life – 2 hours longer than before. And it’s more environmentally friendly because it lasts 1000 recharges – or 5 years. ‘most customers will never need to change their battery’, which is lucky given how many are built into the Macbooks these days.

10.05 Phil Schiller is beginning by showing a graph of active users of Mac OS X  which is up to 75m. And the graph looks exponential. We’ll hear about both iPhone and Mac today… but it could just be software. So Phil’s running down the current Mac lineup.

10.00 The keynote begins with a new ‘i’m a PC/i’m a Mac’ video, which gets the crowd whooping (not that it takes much).

9.50am We’re in the conference hall now, waiting for Apple’s Phil Schiller to appear and reveal what Apple has up its sleeve.

I’m in San Francisco for the Apple keynote at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Although Steve Jobs won’t be on stage, expectations are still high. It’s almost certain that we’ll learn more about the new Snow Leopard operating system for the Mac, and the new iPhone v3.0 software.

But whispers are that we’ll see new iPhone hardware, too, with a higher-resolution camera, video conferencing, turn-by-turn satellite navigation and increased storage. Some are even suggesting that an iPhone Nano is waiting in the wings.

Fear not: I’ll bring you all the news, as it happens, with live coverage from Phil Schiller’s keynote plus hands-on reports just as soon as there’s something to get my hands on.

Reports will start at around 5.30pm today.

Stay tuned!