New iPhone details: Longer battery, better glass

Apple unveils new information about its much-anticipated new device.

By Farhad Manjoo
June 19, 2007 12:41AM (UTC)
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Some quick iPhone news (because how could a tech blog go a whole day without?). Apple dropped a press release this morning promising far better iPhone battery life than it touted when unveiling the phone back in January. On a single charge, the iPhone will now let you talk for a full eight hours (the earlier estimate was five hours); you've also got six hours of Internet time, seven hours of video playback, and 24 hours of music. Standby time, meanwhile, is now "more than 10 days."

In addition, the release also says that "the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity." Susceptibility to scratching has been a long worry with the iPhone -- maybe this takes care of it?

Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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