At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Introducing the iPhone 3G S

Apple unveiled its next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G S, at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The updated device is said to be twice as fast as the current iPhone 3G model, with better battery life and a host of new features.

The iPhone 3G S on contract to O2 will cost more than the current models: a 16GB version will sell for £184, and a 32GB phone will go for £274. These prices are for the least expensive 18-month contracts, for a two-year deal, or a more expensive 18-month contract, you will have to shell out £87 or £175.

Pay as you go iPhone 3G S will start at £440, and upgraders from current iPhones will have to pay up the remainder of their contracts and then shell out for a new phone. It's an expensive business - detailed pricing information is now available on O2's website.

Apple iPhone 3G S

Apple's iPhone 3G S hits store shelves in the UK next Friday, June 19. The phones will be carried at Apple and O2 retail locations. The new iPhone will also reach more than 80 other countries over the coming weeks.

We've broken down Apple's new offering into an easy-to-digest photo tour. Click through the following pages to get a glimpse at the next-generation iPhone and what it can do, then make your own decision as to whether it's the right smartphone for you.

NEXT: the need for speed >>

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed

Apple iPhone 3G S

Apple's billing the iPhone 3G S as the "fastest, most powerful iPhone yet". The 3GS is said to double the speed of the 3G phone, providing faster web-page rendering as well as zippier application launching and switching. The iPhone 3G S also has support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Video Recording and Multimedia Messaging

Apple iPhone 3G S

The iPhone 3G S boasts a 3Mp camera that lets you capture and edit both still images and video. The new camera offers a "tap to focus" feature that can automatically adjust an image for focus, exposure, colour, and contrast.

A "trim" option allows you to set in and out points to manipulate video. You'll also be able to upload videos to YouTube or MobileMe or send them via email. Multimedia messaging (MMS) is also available.

Next: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life >>

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life

Apple iPhone 3G S

Apple's next-gen iPhone shifts to the OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics standard, which means games and other graphic-heavy apps should look significantly better than they did on the 3G model.

The iPhone 3G S also claims longer battery life, meaning resource-heavy apps shouldn't drain your phone's juice quite as quickly.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Cut, Copy, and Paste

Apple iPhone 3G S

Perhaps one of the most sought-after features in the iPhone, Apple's 3G S model finally delivers cut, copy, and paste functionality throughout the iPhone operating system.

One of more than a hundred new features introduced in the Apple iPhone 3.0 OS update, cut, copy, and paste will let you select a block of text, HTML, or photos, then paste it into other Apple-created applications.

Next: Landscape Keyboard >>

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard

Apple iPhone 3G S

Another often-requested feature popping up in the new iPhone operating system is the wider availability of the landscape keyboard mode.

The landscape keyboard can now be activated in any instance of Mail, Messages, Notes, or Safari. The function will also be available to iPhone 3G and iPod Touch owners who install the new 3.0 OS update.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Spotlight Search

Apple iPhone 3G S

Also missing from past iPhone incarnations and available in the 3.0 update is a phone-wide search feature. The iPhone 3G S comes with Spotlight Search, which allows you to perform a query across all of the phone's data. You can also opt to limit your search to Mail, Contacts, Calendar, or iPod.

Next: Hands-Free Voice Control >>

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control

Apple iPhone 3G S

Apple's iPhone 3G S adds built-in support for hands-free voice control. Using voice commands, you can dial by name or number; play music by artist, album, or playlist; activate the iPod Genius feature; pause or skip tracks on the iPod; and receive information about the track that's currently playing.

The 3G S also has an integrated Voice Memo application that allows you to record voice memos onto the device.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Digital Compass

Apple iPhone 3G S

Apple matches Google Android's navigational power with a newly added digital compass for the iPhone 3G S.

The compass, activated via a dedicated app, functions just like a regular compass would - except with the added benefit of also being able to see your current location by using the iPhone GPS system.

The compass is integrated within Maps as well.

Next: Find My iPhone >>

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone

Apple iPhone 3G S

The iPhone 3G S makes finding a lost iPhone a little bit easier. A new Find My iPhone feature lets you locate a lost phone on a map within MobileMe, then send a special message that'll appear on the device's display.

You can remotely sound an alarm to help find the phone, too, even if it's set to silent. Find My iPhone also includes a Remote Wipe option that can remotely clear all of your content.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Movie Purchasing and Renting

Apple iPhone 3G S

Watching movies gets simpler with the new iPhone 3.0 update included with the 3G S phone. The OS now allows you to purchase or rent movies directly from your device, then download them wirelessly via iTunes.

Apple has also included parental controls to let mums and dads restrict what kids can download.

Next: Push Notifications and Tethering >>

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

At first glance, the Apple iPhone 3G S may not appear to be much different to its predecessor the Apple iPhone 3G and the original Apple iPhone, but Apple's newly unveiled smartphone offers a slew of new features plus speed. Here's a gallery of the new arrivals.

Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering

Other much-discussed features make their debut in the updated iPhone software, including push notification for instant messaging and other applications. Tethering - something once available on the iPhone via third-party applications - is also included.

So there you have it: the iPhone 3G S. Disappointed? Delighted? Indifferent? Let us know. Leave your thoughts and reactions in the comments section below. And if you're still hungry for more Apple news, click here.

Apple iPhone 3G S

  1. New features of Apple's next-gen smartphone
  2. Apple iPhone 3G S: The Need For Speed & MMS
  3. Apple iPhone 3G S: Better Graphics, Better Battery Life; Cut, Copy, and Paste
  4. Apple iPhone 3G S: Landscape Keyboard; Spotlight Search
  5. Apple iPhone 3G S: Hands-Free Voice Control; Digital Compass
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S: Find My iPhone; Movie Purchasing and Renting
  7. Apple iPhone 3G S: Push Notifications and Tethering