The price has been one of the major disappointments of the original iPhone. However, there can be no complaints with the new 3G version. You'll be able to grab one for as little as $199.
This will likely come as a shock to no one, but Steve Jobs just announced the next-generation of the iPhone. As expected, this upgraded model will be the 3G version that everyone has been anticipating. As you already know, our own Vincent is attending the show and feeding us all of the juicy details. Read on for features, specs and everything else you've been dying to know.
The new Application Store is going to be available in 62 countries when it goes live. One of the best parts about this whole store is that developers are going to be keeping most of the money for the applications they develop. For paid downloads, there will be a 70/30 split in revanue, with no money charged for free downloads.
Now they've moved on to discussing one of the most-requested features from developers is a way to track whether or not someone is using an application. Apple notes that one of the solutions is to allow for backgroud processes. While that would seem appealing (Windows Mobile has been doing this), it is actually terrible for your battery life. Don't worry though, Apple does have a solution.
Apple has created a push notification service which will be distributed to all developers. Essentially the iPhone will keep a steady connection to the Apple servers. When you quit an application, updates are shuffled from the server to your iPhone.
We won't be seeing this functionality until September, however, developers should be getting their hands on this very soon....
If you're waiting to hear about the iPhone 2.0 software, this is the place to be. One of the first new features will be contact search with live searching. Hit the jump for a larger list of applications.
One of the biggest additions is iWork support, MS Office document support which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Next you'll finally be able to move and delete messages in bulk, which is something I know I've been looking forward to. You'll also be able to download images that are sent to you.
Other apps include a new calculator which will switch to scientific mode when the iPhone is rotated. You'll also see parental controls and excellent language support.
Look for the iPhone 2.0 firmware to hit in July sometime. iPhone users will be able to download this for free, however iPod Touch owners will need to pony up $9.99 for the update....
Several developers have taken the stage to show off some of their applications for the iPhone. Some of these include Sega with Super Monkey Ball, which utilizes tilt controls (very awesome). You'll be able to grab this game with over 100 levels from the App Store when it launches for $9.99.
Now onto the SDK. Scott Forestell has taken the stage to discuss this part of the event. Apparently much of the iPhone code is similar to the desktop version of OS X. APIs include Cocoa Touch, Media Core Service and Core OS, the last of which is very similar to what is seen in OSX. They are particularly proud of the OpenGL implementation, and consider it to be “very fast.”
As you all know, we've got our very own Vincent on the inside at the 2008 WWDC show over in California. He's one of 52,000 people in attendance today. Apparently Apple sold out the event rather quickly, and hasn't been able to find anywhere larger to host the show. Perhaps it's time for Apple to just build their own massive stadium.
The Apple store is down, the rumor mill has reached a point of crazed teeth-grinding and iPhone Buzz is registered and ready to cover the Steve Jobs keynote opening WWDC 2008. Remember, when the show kicks off at 10AM San Francisco time we'll be live blogging the whole event at http://live.iphonebuzz.com, but the chat has started early with Vincent showing off what gifts Apple is showering on bloggers and journalists.