NEWS: Second-gen iPhone adds 3G, navigation - and will cost from $199

We've just received the report from our man in the States, and the second generation iPhone really is coming.

It adds 3G capability, has built in satellite navigation, and will sell for just $199 worldwide for the 8GB version.

It goes on sale on July 11, and will be much more widely available than the old one - it'll be on sale in 70 countries over the next few months.

Some of the stats of the new version include better battery life

- Standby is 300 hours

- 2G talktime 10 hours (up from 8)

- 3G talktime 5 hours (rivals have 3 hours apparently)

- Browsing - 5-6 hours

- Video 7 hours

- Audio - 24 hours.

The new iPhone also claims much faster downloading of web pages, as Tom Dunmore of Stuff magazine reported from the announcement in San Francisco.

it was shown downloading a graphics-heavy web page, this taking "21s in 3G and 59s on EDGE. Wi-Fi was 17 seconds. The iPhone is 36% faster than the Nokia N96 in downloading a website."

UK availability is yet to be announced for the phone, but some stores are apparently already suggesting August 8th.

UPDATED: Looks like it's coming to the UK on July 11, according to some online reports.

"Also on July 11, iPhone 3G will be available in 21 other countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,

Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand,

Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom."

The 16GB version will sell for $299, with Apple again suggesting that's a worldwide maximum price.



Technorati Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPhone 3G

Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.