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Faster iPhone Coming Out July 11 for $199

Well, we've all been saying it was gonna happen, and now it's official, Apple is officially launching a newer, faster, and thinner iPhone (what many people have been referring to as the 3G iPhone, but which Apple is officially calling the 'iPhone 3G'). So what's so new and great about this updated iPhone? Here, in a nutshell, are the details, courtesy of Engadget Classic.

It's faster: As you may have heard, the new iPhone, is 3G-capable, which means that surfing the Web and getting e-mail, among other tasks that require data networks, will be at least three times as fast as the current generation iPhone. Don't worry, the new iPhone will still be Wi-Fi-capable, which means you can get even faster download speeds when you're in a Wi-Fi hotspot.

It has real GPS: Yes, the current iPhone has Google Maps and can get you from point-A to point-B, but only by getting coordinates from the cell phone network, which is less than efficient and sometimes doesn't work. The new iPhone will get up-to-the-minute GPS data from satellites (with supplements from connections via cell phone networks and Wi-Fi), which is generally more accurate than the current iPhone navigation system and allows for cool location-based services such as Loopt.

It lasts longer: According to Apple, the new iPhone's improved battery life will give 300 hours of standby, five hours of talk time, 5-6 hours of Web browsing, seven hours of video playback, and a marathon-esque 24-hours of audio playback.

It'll work with any set of headphones: The new iPhone has a flush headphone jack that means you no longer need an adapter to use your favorite set of earbuds or headphones.

It's affordable: Well, at least compared to the current iPhone. The new 8-gigabyte (GB) iPhone with a glossy black rear will cost $199, while the 16-gigabyte version will cost $299 (it also comes in white).

It's coming out next month: The new iPhone will be available through AT&T on July 11 in 22 countries, including the US (and will roll out to about 70 countries total by year's end).

Only things missing from the announcement (and the new iPhone) that we were looking forward to are: a) a better camera (the same old 2-megapixel is on this new iPhone, too) and b) a better keyboard (that touch keypad is still way too inaccurate for anyone who likes to type a lot of e-mails). For more up-to-the-minute analysis and information about the new iPhone, make sure to check Engadget Classic's coverage. And for pictures, take a look at our gallery below. [Sources: Apple and Engadget]

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