Jobs Touts iPhone 4's 'Retina Display'

New Apple phone's display has 4x the resolution
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2010 12:58 PM CDT
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, with the Apple iPad displayed over his shoulder, delivers the keynote address during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday, June 7, 2010, in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Steve Jobs reveals Apple's latest work today at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Due to a leaked iPhone prototype, most know that Apple's signature device is getting thinner, brighter, and will sport a flash for its camera. But what else does Jobs have in store? The Wall Street Journal and Engadget bring you updates:

  • The iPhone 4 will have 4x greater resolution than its predecessor, surpassing a threshold Jobs calls "retina display"—in which text on the iPhone 4 looks just as sharp as text in a physical book.
  • The "lines"—vertical slats in the back of the phone—seen in leaked photos are apparently the result of what Jobs calls "brilliant engineering" in order to fit the antennae into the iPhone 4's new, sleek, 9.3 millimeter-thick body.

  • Besides adding a flash, the camera system has been overhauled, increasing both the still picture quality and adding the ability to shoot HD video—and edit it in the new iMovie app.
  • A gyroscope is being added, which works with the existing accelerometer to achieve a six-axis motion sensing. "Perfect for gaming," Jobs said.
  • Farmville, the popular Facebook game, is coming to the iPhone, and will sync with your Facebook farms.

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