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Apple unveils new iPhone 3G, but not for Russia and China

Apple’s founder and chairman Steve Jobs presented the new iPhone 3G at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) conference in San Francisco.

Apple also unveiled the list of 70 countries where the new device will be available. The list includes such countries as Botswana and Senegal, but there is no China and Russia there. The list was published by Engadget.

The new iPhone will hit the stores on 22 countries on July 11. These are highly developed countries of Western Europe and North America. The new model with 8 GB of power will cost $199 in all of those countries. A different model with 16 GB will be priced at $299. The new iPhone will become available in other 48 countries next year.

The iPhone will be sold at 29 countries of Europe, 15 countries of Latin America and eight Asian countries, Steve Jobs said.

The iPhone of the first generation proved to be highly successful. About 6 million of such phones have been sold in the world. Apple’s iPhone is a device that has changed mobile phones forever.

The new iPhone supports GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 МHz), UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz). In addition, the device supports Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS.

Russia has about 500,000 users of iPhone for the time being, including President Medvedev.

The iPhone is an Internet-enabled multimedia mobile phone designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It has a multi-touch screen with virtual keyboard and buttons, but a minimal amount of hardware input. The iPhone's functions include those of a camera phone, portable media player (iPod), in addition to text messaging and visual voicemail. It also offers Internet services including e-mail, web browsing, and local Wi-Fi connectivity. The first generation phone hardware was quad-band GSM with EDGE; the second generation uses UMTS and HSDPA.

Apple announced the iPhone on January 9, 2007. The announcement was preceded by rumors and speculations that circulated for several months. The iPhone was initially introduced in the United States on June 29, 2007 and is in the process of being introduced worldwide. It was named Time magazine's Invention of the Year in 2007.

The new model's changes on the original iPhone include:
- assisted GPS;
- a slightly thicker body;
- a black plastic back (instead of aluminum) or white option with a 16GB model;
- solid metal buttons;
- a flush headphone jack;
- dramatically improved audio;
- connects to 3G Networks instead of slower EDGE networks enabling 3.6X faster data-transfer speeds for Safari and other internet applications.

Specifications:
- Screen size: 8.9 cm (3.5 in);
- Screen resolution: 480×320 pixels at 163 ppi;
- Input method: Multi-touch screen interface plus a "Home" button;
- Color: Black or white (16GB model only);
- Operating System: iPhone OS;
- Storage: 8 or 16 GB flash memory;
- UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz);
- Wi-Fi (802.11g), EDGE and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR;
- Assisted GPS (A-GPS), with detection of cell towers and Wi-Fi networks;
- 2 megapixel camera, with geotagging;
- Built-in rechargeable, non-removable battery with up to 10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 5 (3G) or 6 (Wi-Fi) hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback, and up to 24 hours of audio playback, lasting over 300 hours on standby;
- Size: 115.5×62.1×12.3 mm (4.5×2.4×0.48 in);
- Weight: 133 g (4.7 oz).

Source: agencies

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