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It’s iPhone 4, Not 4G

I called it. The day they unveiled the shiny, new iPhone 4 I said, “How clever calling it an iPhone 4, now everyone will think it’s 4G”. There are witnesses, I swear! And lo’ and behold, the prophecy holds true. Just do a Google search for iPhone 4, or iPhone 4G and see for yourself!

IT’S AN IPHONE 4, NOT IPHONE 4G. Well….what’s the difference? EVERYTHING.

iPhone 4 is the 4th Generation iPhone, hence “4”. 4G is a network. It’s the fastest cellphone network available in the United States (currently only by Sprint). 4G is relatively new and sparsely available across the US, with only one 4G capable phone currently on the market: the EVO 4G. Notice the naming convention; 4G signifies that it works on a 4G network. The 4G network is significant because of its speeds of 40-50 Mbit/s. This compares to 3G’s 500 kbit/s to 1.5 Mbit/s.

So now that we’ve established what the iPhone 4 ISN’T. Here’s a little about what it IS.


  • Sleeker, slimmer design, 34% thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 4.5in x 2.31in and 0.37in thick, but slightly weightier at 4.8 ounces
  • Stainless steel construction
  • A4 processor containing a Cortex-A8 main processor unit, a PowerVR SGX 535, which handles the high definition graphics and two low-power 128MB DDR SDRAM chips
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB, 32GB models
  • Impressive display at 960×640 on 3.5in screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bigger battery: Talk over 3G: 7 hours.
    • Browsing over 3G: 6 hours.
    • Browsing over Wi-Fi: 10 hours.
    • Video: 10 hours.
    • Music: 40 hours.
    • Stand-by: 300 hours.
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a bigger sensor than their 3GS
  • Front-facing camera (VGA resolution) for new Video Calling feature called FaceTime
  • 3 axis gyroscope
  • Uses new microSIM cards
  • Additional microphone on top of phone for noise cancellation
  • New operating system, iOS4 which FINALLY brings Apple users the ability to multi-task apps
  • iMovie video editing software
  • iBooks
  • Available in either white or black

The iPhone 4 (not 4G) will be available on June 24 for $199 and $299 for 16 and 32GB for new users and those who are upgrade-eligible.

Existing iPhone user, the early upgrade will cost $399 and $499. Without contract, the iPhone 4 is $599 and $699.