Apple iPhone Glass Surface and Battery Life Improved

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Apple issued a press release today indicating that the iPhone has seen a few improvements since it was first introduced in January.
iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours—more than 10 days—of standby time.
The press release also report sthat the 3.5" display has been upgaded from plastic to "optical-quality glass" for superior clarity and scratch resistance.

The iPhone will be available on June 29th at Apple Retail and Online stores as well as AT&T's select retail stores.

 

nbs2

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For what we're paying and the expected usage, this is great news. I was starting to wonder if an Invisible Shield would interfere with the touch screen.
 

siurpeeman

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hmm, which thread to i comment? i think this is great news; battery life was one of my biggest concerns about the iphone. should i stock up on some windex?
 

Chaszmyr

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For what we're paying and the expected usage, this is great news. I was starting to wonder if an Invisible Shield would interfere with the touch screen.
An invisible shield wouldn't interrupt the function of the touch screen in any significant way, but it would make it harder to slide your finger on the surface, and significantly reduces optical quality.


This is awesome news. If the battery life is even 2/3 what they say I will be very happy, and the move to glass should make the iPhone a significantly better product, both in terms of durability and in terms of look and feel.
 

kskill

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that's fantastic! only downside [hardly a downside when iPhone is already pretty sick] is that now it's doubtful they'll be updating this anymore for a while.

how long till an 80gb iPhone?
 

nagromme

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Cool :) It's getting harder for me to wait for Ver B! But I will be strong.

8 hrs battery life means a lot of cushion before there's any need to worry about replacing the hard-to-access battery.

They're still not mentioning that the actual display SIZE is 3.6", not 3.5". But their own images at http://apple.com/pr --and the fact that it's 160 ppi (I did the math)--make that pretty clearly true.
 

pdxdeano

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I feel sorry for the iPhone haters. This gives them two less things to write about.:p
 

csimmons

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that's fantastic! only downside is that this is probably the only update iPhone will see until before launch. ...doubtful they'll be updating this anymore for a while now.

how long till an 80gb iPhone?
I personally don't see the point of having 80GB in a device that is so susceptible to damage like a cell phone, which is one of the reasons I own a nano instead of a full blown iPod.
 

nlivo

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that is awesome news except i dont live in the US and i will be getting my iPhone in a little less than a year from now.....can't wait.....hopefully when they release iPhone in Australia it'll be even better.....anyway, i will be glued to this site and youtube and every site that people post stuff about the iPhone on on saturday....it'll be released in the US at 8:00 am saturday (aussie time).......im excited even though i am no where near getting my hands on one.
 

nagromme

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I personally don't see the point of having 80GB in a device that is so susceptible to damage like a cell phone, which is one of the reasons I own a nano instead of a full blown iPod.
I agree, there won't be a hard disk in an iPhone.

I want 16GB--or better yet 32--but it has to be flash storage. No fragile, slow-to-spin-up, battery-sucking HDs for me! (Same goes for my future subnotebook, for that matter.)
 

masse

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I just read this on Apple.com this morning and I think it's amazing.

The phone is appealing to me now....But then again so are a lot of $500 products. I also tend to lose my phone often...like every day.
 

blindzero

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Man...

When do these things go into production? It comes out in 11 days. Surely they've started putting these things together already if they are going to have 3 million of them?

Was this decision just made or are they trickling out improvement press releases to build the value of the phone back up after some of the expected backlash began. Smart. Does the double duty of showing Apple's commitment to providing a great product as well as showing Apple wants to ensure the value is recognized to help curb the inevitable initial backlash from the rest of the cell phone makers and carriers.
 

RichP

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Man...

When do these things go into production? It comes out in 11 days. Surely they've started putting these things together already if they are going to have 3 million of them?
They have been in production for a while, and this "update" we are hearing now is just to further build the hype.

Generally, apples portable electronics (ipod) battery estimates are decent, so heres to hoping these numbers are accurate! :apple:
 

hanzoh

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Did anyone notice, that there isn't any footnote or (*) at the prices?

iPhone will be available in the US on June 29, 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac®. iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores, and through AT&T’s select retail stores.
No word about any contract/plan!
 

ajpprc

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This is great news if true. These times would put it amongst the longest lasting phones out there. I'm sure though that the web browsing time was done using the Edge connection, Wi-Fi use will probably have a seriously detrimental impact on the battery life.
 

ainiw

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Just one thought: if it is glass, how about possible breaking the glass? Of course, you should not drop it or bump it, but my celphone has survived some falls. Will the iPhone do?
 

sishaw

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Good news, if true. Dvorak and others have criticized the hypothetical battery life of this unreleased product. I wonder if the battery has been upgraded somehow from the one originally planned? Usually, Apple's estimates are in the ballpark if not 100% perfect.

Anxiously awaiting the early reviews!
 

MarcelV

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Any thoughts on what the delivery period will be on Apple.com? I really don't want to stay in line at the ATT store or drive 2 hours for the closest Apple store, but I will want to buy one.......
 

magic

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Interesting that the release no longer mentions AT&T's online store. Just the select retail stores. Apple still has its online store mentioned...

The plot thickens. :)
 
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