Apple announces the iPhone 3GS

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In what has been the worst kept secret in the world, there will be a new iPhone – it just happens to be a better, faster and more advanced version of the iPhone, called the iPhone 3GS. Announced to be released on June 19 (which coincidentally happened to be this reporter’s birthday!), the phone includes voice commands, a longer battery life and a new 3 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities.

In addition, the video recording can be uploaded straight to YouTube, a compass and supports the faster 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3G speeds. Thanks to the new iPhone OS 3.0, the device will allow users to MMS and have the copy and paste functions – 2 days after the release of the OS. It also has Nike+ integration and tethering via USB cable or Bluetooth.

Americans, though they will be getting it first – along with UK, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, and Italy – customers will not be able to get MMS or tethering until the summer. Announced at the keynote, all three carriers were listed as to support the iPhone’s MMS (which they already do for many other phones), but only Optus and Vodafone will be allowing users to tether their iPhones to their computers to access the internet via 3G.

Apple has announced that Australians will be getting the phone on June 26, a week after the Americans get the iPhone 3GS.

The phone will come in 16GB and 32GB versions – for the 16GB, it will cost $199; and for the 32GB, it will cost $299. The iPhone 3G will still be on sale, but only in the 8GB version for a reduced price for $99. All pricing is for AT&T, and international pricing varies. iPhone OS3 is free to upgrade for all iPhones, but will cost US$9.95 for iPod touch users.

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Update: Inserted more information from Keynote, and images added.