Apple announced the next iPhone, and they're calling it iPhone 3GS. What's that "S" stand for? Speed, says Apple. It looks a lot like the current iPhone 3G, but Apple says it will be able to perform many of its functions (weasel word alert) "up to" two times faster.
On board is a new 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and improved low-light sensitivity. It now has a special macro mode, along with automatic white balance and exposure. Beyond that, it's able to capture video at 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second. If you want to edit that video, there's a new video editing app included, letting you trim clips using multi-touch control.
Another welcome improvement is extended battery life. Apple says the iPhone 3GS will last nine hours using WiFi, compared to six hours before, will play video for 10 hours, up from seven hours with the iPhone 3G. You'll get 30 hours of audio playback is opposed to 24, and 12 hours of talk time on 2G instead of 10 hours, but 3G talk time is the same at five hours.
iPhones will be offered in three different flavors: a 32GB model selling for $299, a 16GB for $199, and an 8GB iPhone 3G will still be available, but now it will cost $99. All will be for sale starting June 19.