It’s true what they say: you can’t judge a book by its cover. The same applies to iPhones. While the newly announced iPhone 3GS looks suspiciously like a run of the mill iPhone 3G, it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. The phone now features 256MB of RAM (double that of the original iPhone) and a 600 MHz processor (up from the 412 MHz of the original and 3G models), putting the S (speed) in the iPhone’s new name. Other hardware improvements include a new 3MP autofocus camera that also shoots video at 30 fps (which you can edit on the phone and send on it’s merry way), HSDPA support, a compass that comes with its own compass application, and voice control. Like any other phone, the voice control on the iPhone lets you quickly dial up your contacts. But that’s not all: you can use voice commands to also control your music (like on the iPod Shuffle). People already think you’re crazy now for talking on that bluetooth headset of yours, but they’re really think you’ve lost it when they see you standing in the street yelling at your iPod to play “Hit Me Baby One More Time” again.
Software wise, the iPhone 3Gs will come equipped with the third version of the iPhone OS, which allows for spotlight search (as seen on Macs) and allows for a revolutionary new feature known as copying and pasting (really!). Also notable is the new Find my iPhone feature, which as it says, finds your lost iPhone and displays the location on a Google map. When activated, you can message your iPhone with a number to call and it will sound a ton whether the phone is on silent or not. You can even remotely erase all the data on the phone. Perfect for foiling your archrival (or a nosy boyfriend) who’s run off with your goods.
Best of all, if you’re a non-AT&T subscriber looking to make the switch from your current provider, you can pick up a 16GB iPhone 3GS for $199 on contract or a 32GB for $299. Current AT&T customers looking to upgrade from the 3G will have to shell out an extra $200 (sucks to be you!). Available June 19th in your two favorite colors (assuming they’re black and white) at an Apple store near you!
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