The next version of the iPhone will hit Australia in July as part of the second wave of countries to receive the handset, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs revealed this morning after demonstrating the new device.
The phone will be available in the US, France, Germany, the UK and Japan from 24 June, but Australia will have to wait until July.
Jobs did not reveal Australian pricing for the device, but the 16GB model will retail in the United States for US$199, which converts to AU$244.39 at today's exchange rates, and US$299 for the 32GB model — or AU$367.10. The iPhone 4 will be available in two colours: white and black.
Apple will stop selling the legacy 3G version of the iPhone — WhistleOut has reported that Optus has already stopped selling that model — and the previous 3GS model will slip to US$99.
Jobs this morning announced a raft of changes to the iPhone compared with previous models, starting with the redesigned exterior, which features a glass front and back and a rejuvenated flat design. The iPhone 4 can film HD video in 720p resolution, and features a new, high-resolution display with a higher pixel count for greater viewing fidelity. Apple has also built in a new feature dubbed "FaceTime", which allows users to make video calls via Wi-Fi using the iPhone 4's new camera on its front.
It is not yet clear which carriers in Australia will stock the iPhone 4, but Vodafone Australia stated on its Twitter account this morning that it would shortly publish a pre-registration page on its website.