this morning steve jobs held his keynote address at the worldwide developers conference in san francisco’s moscone west unveiling the new apple iphone 3g to be available on july 11th 2008 at $199 (with a two-year at&t contract of course).
“apple iphone 3g – twice as fast. half the price.”
some of the new features are: 3g broadband wireless connectivity, built-in gps and a couple of great location-based services like loopt, contact search, full iwork document support, microsoft powerpoint support, bulk delete and move, saving email image attachments, scientific calculator, parental controls (mainly for youtube/itunes), many more languages supported (on the fly switching), plastic back and thinner edges, the new apple appstore and many more. the new iphone 3g is now also more enterprise-ready by supporting microsoft exchange activesync – push email, calendar and contacts – “the power of a laptop into the size of a smartphone” – more … but i’m actually most excited about mobileme, which is “exchange for the rest of us”.
i’m already a sync fanatic, all my phones (including my iphone), my two laptops (mac and pc) and my desktop at home are synced with each other and with multiple online address books through plaxo, but so far it only syncs my contacts, calendar and notes. mobileme takes this two steps further.
“access and manage your email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files at me.com. All with amazing applications that are so feature-rich and easy to use, you may end up preferring them to your regular desktop applications.”
this is not only an even nicer, more structured and more instant contacts, calendar and notes sync, i can even access my picture gallery and idisk from wherever i am, either through my iphone, my macbook pro (pc’s are supported too) and any web-browser through a feature-rich desktop-application-like web interface at me.com. changes on your iphone for instance will will take immediate effect on your computer, you can access the same files, folders, pictures wherever you are.
i love it, i’ll get the new iphone 3g on july 11th and you can watch the whole keynote here.