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Apple Unveils iPhone 3G S Boasting Faster Web, New Camera

June 8, 2009 4:46 PM ET

Apple revealed a new iPhone today at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. The new iPhone 3G S — "S" is for "speed," according to Engadget, who live-blogged the conference — boasts the ability to cut-copy-and-paste, an auto-focus three-megapixel camera that allows recording and editing of video and a voice control feature that permits users to request artists, songs and Playlists if your iPhone doubles as your iPod.

The new iPhones arrive Stateside June 18th in 16- and 32-gigabyte models. If you're beginning a new contract or at the tail end of a previous contract, the 16-gig model will cost $199, while the 32GB runs $299. For those who have stared enviously at their iPhone-owning friends, the original 8GB model is now on sale for $99 starting today, a price that will certainly lead to long lines at Apple retailers. Apple will make the iPhone OS 3.0 software available starting next week, so owners of older model iPhones can download the cut-copy-paste and navigational features. The in-phone iTunes store will also be updated to make TV shows and movies purchasable through the iPhone.

The 3G S also boasts faster Internet, longer battery life, a built-in compass that makes navigation easier and a voice recorder for lectures and brainstorms. It's "the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet," as Apple says (don't they always?) in the tutorial video for the new device. While the WWDC '09 lacked any iPod news, Apple also announced plans to launch a new operating system called Snow Leopard, unveiled the Safari 4 web browser and lowered the prices of their MacBook series.

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