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New iPhone 3G S to Download Movies, TV Shows Directly

8 Jun, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

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Apple Inc. June 8 unveiled the iPhone 3G S mobile phone that has twice the processing speed and capacity (16GB) of the 3G model, in addition to a longer-lasting battery and a three-megapixel auto focus photo and video camera, among other features.

It also will be able to download TV shows and movies from the iTunes Store through software that bows June 17 and is free to iPhone users and is $9.95 for iPod Touch users.

Currently iPhone owners have to download content to a computer and transfer it to the phone.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant, which made the announcements at its global developers confab in San Francisco, also slashed $100 from the suggested $199 retail price on the popular iPhone 3G, effective immediately.

“With a breakthrough price of $99, we are thrilled to get iPhone 3G into the hands of even more users who want them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide product marketing.

The new phone, which goes on sale June 19 for $199 ($299 for the 32GB model), incorporates a new 3.0 operating system, in addition to 100 new features such as cut, copy and paste; MMS; spotlight search and landscape keyboard, among others.

Users can record video clips and edit them on the iPhone 3G S simply by trimming the start and stop points. Users can send photos and video by email or MMS and post them to proprietary and third party sites such as YouTube.

Music playback operations can also be voice-activated. With voice control, users can select their favorite music by artist, album or play list.” Users can instruct the iPhone 3G S to pause the music, play the next track, turn on shuffle or ask, “What’s playing right now?”

Independent analyst Rob Enderle said it is unusual to see a mobile device accepting video streams that is not connected to a PC. He said content downloads are critical to watching programming in areas such as planes or ships where having a cellular connection is difficult.     

“This is what the [Amazon electronic book reader] Kindle does and could actually be as compelling with the iPod Touch as it is with the iPhone creating a rather impressive, but likely short-term, advantage for Apple,” Enderle said.

iPhone’s new software also includes an updated “find my iPhone” feature that allows users to locate their lost iPhone on a map, send a message that will appear on the screen or play a sound to help them find it even if the phone is set to silent.

Users whose iPhone is permanently lost or stolen can erase all data and content on the phone with the new “remote wipe” feature.

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