iPhone 4 introduces gyroscope gaming

Apple announces fourth iteration of ubiquitous smartphone will bring six-axis motion sensing to device on June 24; Guitar Hero app now available.

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Apple today announced the iPhone 4 as part of Worldwide Developers Conference 2010. The iPhone 4, which gained notoriety after a leaked prototype surfaced in April, is the first hardware update to Apple's best-selling smartphone since July 2008, and it will apparently carry a handful of enhancements for gamers.

Steve Jobs unveils the newest iPhone. Image Credit: CNET

As related by GameSpot sister site CNET, Apple has catered to motion-sensor enthusiasts by building a three-axis gyroscope into the device. The gyroscope allows the iPhone to detect pitch, roll, and yaw, and it works alongside the previously available accelerometer to provide six-axis motion sensing. The device also uses the CoreMotion programming tools to further enhance precision.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed off the new tech with a demo for the classic party game Jenga. During his presentation, he tilted the phone forward, back, and side-to-side, with the game responding to these movements in kind onscreen. He also showed how rotating the iPhone 4 in a circle resulted in the game equally spinning.

Further playing to the gaming crowd, Activision was on hand at the event to announce that Guitar Hero is now available on the App Store. Available for $2.99, the Guitar Hero app will launch with six songs from the likes of Queen, Rise Against, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, and The White Stripes. Six additional three-song packs are also available for $1.99 a piece.

Additionally, casual game publisher Zynga announced that a version of its top Facebook social game Farmville would see release on the App Store by the end of June. Gamers will be able to access the same plantation on their phones as they can through Facebook, according to Zynga CEO Mark Pincus.

As for the rest of what the iPhone 4 offers, Apple has ramped up the device's screen resolution to 960 × 640 pixels, which offers a pixel-per-inch resolution of 326, four times that of current iPhone 3G models. The company also noted that the iPhone 4 has an 800-to-1 contrast ratio, also a four-fold increase over current devices. And at 9.3mm, it is "the thinnest smartphone on the planet."

The updated device also includes two built-in cameras (one on the front and the other on the back with an LED flash), as well as two microphones and a noise cancellation button. Apple has upgraded the device's cameras to a five-megapixel sensor. The iPhone 4 also features HD video recording, capturing 720p at 30 frames per second.

The iPhone 4 has also been given a battery upgrade. The new power core supports seven hours of talk now, six hours of 3G Internet browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 300 hours of standby time. The added battery life will come in handy with the some 100 new features on the way with iOS4, including multitasking and folders for organizing apps.

Apple's new device will be available in black and white on June 24 in the US, with preorders starting June 15. As with the 3GS, the 16GB model will cost $199, with the 32GB version costing $299. For a full rundown of Apple's WWDC 2010 conference, check out CNET's live blog of the event.

Discussion

225 comments
cosita46
cosita46

@ckynick254, I agree there towers are the worse. That is why I am waiting until my contract expires and going with Verizon or even Metro PCS.

ckynick254
ckynick254

this new iphone 4 makes me want to buy a at&t plan even though the towers are sh*t.

cosita46
cosita46

OH, and I am keeping my Iphone 3Gs. Until I see people using it and going NUTS regarding BATTERY LIFE. Steve Jobs get a nose job and hair implants. Oh and a personality a real one!!

cosita46
cosita46

I have had all the Iphone's back to 2008 first Iphone and I am getting this one. BUT the Bigger Battery ( 40 % more ) is only because of the new features like, Live chat and Video Chat. Also, going back and forward playing games and internet use. So PLEASE it's just another big HIPE on Steve Jobs part. And I got my resource straight from Apple. Oh and they show a White Iphone LOL try to find it. They is NONE.

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

@SicklySunStorm wow fail yo. ya enjoy your crappy 5 mp camera that cant even take a picture of a license plate when a car is stolen oh and enjoy being lost with low battery life i hope ya meet yogi ya at least ya got a good umbrella. enjoy thinking someone cares about your app while they day dream about what to do next n just humor you.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@AirBizkit89 - I agree. I'll stick with my large "brick" iPhone, as you put it. You stick with your small, tidy, functionally inferior Motorola's. Hang on, that means you like the small things? What does that mean? (bored now)

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

@SicklySunStorm small minded things amuse small minded people

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@AirBizkit89 - the Razr is garbage because it's a Motorola. There are no good Motorola phones. Simple. The iPhone isn't the best phone there ever was, but it's certainly up there and better than anything Motorola ever released

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

@vigoureuxEVIL5 well duh? okay be happy with the same ol' crap yo you don't think the apple peeps check out the mainstream to see what ppl say about their stuff? well they do n' ur smart *** comment shows em your just HAPPPPPY with the saaaaame ol **** or a di** rider for apple one of the 2

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

@sicklysunstorm you think the razor iz garb at least tell me why. the i phone is a brick yo i don't wanna phone that makes my pants fall down. im not gonna resort to wearin valley girl high waters. phones arent impressive anymore ull show someone ur new app no one will give a **** its an app phone for people who need to waste their time. i need a phone thats light and tough and a good camera all this other crap is for you peeps that get sold by the sugar coatings.

Decrate
Decrate

the app store really makes this phone better than any other phone out there, what like.. 200k apps vs 50k apps on the android? no need to mention any other brands, which are so far behind apple/google phones. ill be getting this june 24, trading in my 3gs

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. The iPhone is playing catchup in some categories. Nonetheless, Apple has improved iPhone 4 to the point where I plan to purchase not one, but two.

awesome
awesome

Good on Apple releasing a new iphone...i am defo gonna buy one, but no one is forcing any of you haters to buy one! If you dont like it, or are pissed Apple keeps releasing new updates on their hardware DONT BUY IT! simples :)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

$3 for six songs.... couldn't they @ least give you 10? With another $2 per 3 songs, they should at least let you pick the tracks.

wellrod
wellrod

In the UK the price is said to be the same as the dollar more or less £199 for the 16Gb and £299 for the 32Gb. It makes sense but slightly unfair for people in the UK as exchange rate is differs quite a bit.

kanokal
kanokal

I just bought a iphone 32gig 3gs and now this comes out :( i have to wait 2 more years to get that but then it would probably be upgraded so i would get that.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

TheFreeloader, The app store is cool but what's the point of the phone if you have crappy service from AT&T? Why not just get an I touch or I pod if you want app's?

alexnollent
alexnollent

Did anyone see the advert? I was laughing at how they were saying how new and amazing video calling is, I was like, I've been doing that before you were born! haha

_Matt_
_Matt_

I really don't want to know how much this is going to cost!

nuke45
nuke45

bah...another toy???

Arker101
Arker101

Why can't you work with other phone companies? ): If I ever switch to AT&T I might get one, but I'm content with my iTouch as of now.

TheFreeloader
TheFreeloader

@COPMAN221 Apple is always late. It's their style, they are never at forefront when it comes to implementing new technology. But you can't really compare the technology in the iPhone with it's competitors. Apple has got the Appstore and the rest doesn't. That means that whatever features the iPhone has will be ten times more utilized than on other phones, as they got ten times as many developers developing programs for it.

joet1973
joet1973

Leaking information as a cheap marketing strategy is now an industry trend.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@AirBizkit89 - OK we get it. You don't like the iPhone... and although this is still my own opinion versus yours, I don't know a single person other than you that has ever sung the praises of the Razr. Now THAT was a pile of garbage... infact all Motorola phones I've ever come across have been awful. These updates sound good for the iPhone, but for such a crucial device I would have expected more to go into the battery life. Won't be buying an iPhone 4 and replacing my current 3GS it seems... hope they get to sorting the battery by the update after 4.

vigoureuxEVIL5
vigoureuxEVIL5

@airbizkit89, it isn't waterproof at breaks when you throw it? well, duh.

yunarce19
yunarce19

one main reason why i choose iphone is because of the app store! apple has many great apps...

mont345
mont345

actually Nintendo first introduced it with that gyro device with the old Nintendo systems..lol

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

wow they really must think im stupid haha wow still a brick still only last a day fun for about the first hour u get it not water proof will break if you toss it wtf no personalization.. well not enough. 5mp cheap as%s really they. i really should just lower my expectations now.

green_dominator
green_dominator

The Motorolla Droid already has gyroscope technology......

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

i need more personalization with a phone not this brick. the razr was these best phone i need another phone like it. stop wasteing time with crap like farm games make ur phone last longer after 10 years it still only last a day of charge wow. and still can't go under water. fk ur phone ok i'll buy the jitterbug str8 to the point. at least it wont break lol ok ya get my point. get to work you !@#$%^&*() before i !@#$%^&* and @#$%^&*( you know what!!!!! $&^*&*^&^&* you peice of @#$%^&* smell my #%^&^*%&^*(

Blue_fin
Blue_fin

apple could have made iphone 4 way better than the current specs but than again its steve job, he has so many stuffs to da by next 2 or 3 years time

Blue_fin
Blue_fin

i like apple products but this time iphone 4 has pushed the limits, but its true there will be another version next year, so its waste to buy iphone 4 now, i m gonna stick with my 3gs, will move in to next iphone 4 when there will be iphone 4gs

BVCX
BVCX

Nintendo just need to come out with a phone and we got a competition. No more locked hardware/software from apple for me.

im_back
im_back

@ejay_kain, sorry to break this to you, but I had a phone, 4 years ago that could do video calling, and that was over a 3G network. And when you consider the iPhone 4's front facing camera is a horribly poor VGA camera, there is no reason they can't stream 640*480 video over 3g, when you consider again, they are streaming that with youtube :/ Anyway, this phone is good, but once again Apple is not delivering with all the goods. They still haven't made a proper smart phone yet, at least in my eyes!

ferreira1235
ferreira1235

I actually don't mind companies releasing upgraded versions of their tech but seriously, one iPhone a year? Wouldn't it be better if it was one every two years or something? See, I'm not buying one because I think: "Why bother? They'll probably release an upgraded version in a few months anyway!" :/

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

ejay_kain: Agreed. Apple is ahead of its time. This device would be most useful in a couple of years when the networks are well above and beyond 3G. Video chatting seems incredible, i would love to have that, but im not sure how well it will be done on 3G. I foresee problems. Otherwise this seems like a really good upgrade from the current iPhone, very cool device.

fkbwii
fkbwii

Pretty cool phone, but c'mon, Apple! Enough of this $100 extra for another 16GB. The most it should be is $50 extra!

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

phone companies cannot provide the services apple needs, this phone is to much for them. :P the 3g network has it issues already and video dialing makes it even worse. cool gadget btw :) the consumers are ready, apple is ready but the phone companies?????

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

What is this? Iphone 4G has one thing new compared to other phones out, highest pixel density, great. Problem is they still have the same small screen on a slightly bigger phone that looks like a few other phones on the market Nokia N8 anyone? @KenKen2G Video calling on the Iphone4G is limited to that specific phone only, which to me isn't much of an advancement it's limiting. Being Wi-Fi only is worse, as Wi-Fi chews through battery life, incredible idea. What is revolutionary about this phone? Gyroscope? So we will get Kirby Tilt N' Tumble type of games? I can't understand why people sing all this praise about the Iphone and down other phones, when Iphone isn't a better piece of tech. This is why apple following don't get much sympathy, a lot of you tend to be incredibly biased toward anything non-apple. EVO 4G does everything Iphone does and then some, no gyroscope gaming though, and i bet they both sport the same battery life over the course of a day of usage.

Doolum
Doolum

No sir,i am not having a bite at this apple...

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

PS: why do so many APPLE haters come on this page to read about this? you know it'll just make you mad!! I personally don't like apple as a company very much, but you don't see me flaming and calling the iPhone crap. Go read a droid article, oh wait there are none on GS..

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Looking forward to this. A big improvement to last year's model. One of the best [smart]phones out there!

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

I am usually always against hype, and trends for that matter. But recently my regular cell finally died after 5-6years of abuse. And Telus(canada) had a deal on to get an iPhone 3G with a 3year contract. So I did it, I don't know why, I just picked that phone. So far, I have had it for 3 months, and I get amazing cell reception everywhere I go, and I am incredibly happy with all the features. I know other smart phones have better and more features, but still i find the interface and everything on the iphone simple and elegant. Too bad I hadn't waited, because this "upgrade" actually changed some things, rather than just a new camera. :)

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

I would buy an iPhone if the service wasn't so expensive...

comb5
comb5

Let me know when the iPhone gets self-refreshing widgets like the Droid. And I don't have to leave the screen I'm on to mess with an app. Then I'll be slightly more interested. Until then I'm loving my Droid Eris way more than any iPhone.