The iPhone is Coming
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The iPhone is Coming

The new iPhones, in black and white.
The second-generation iPhone was unveiled today, and it is (officially, legally, and dear God finally) coming to Canada on July 11 this year. Just over a month ago, with rumours abounding about the new release, Rogers announced that they would be the phone’s exclusive carrier here, but provided no further details as to how they would figure out a way to suck all the awesome out of it.
The most notable thing about the new iPhone is its cost—$199 (USD) for the 8 GB model and $299 (USD) for the 16 GB, which means that in Canadian dollars it’s practically free. (When Steve Jobs made the announcement at the Worldwide Developers Conference [WWDC] today, the crowd exploded at the price tag—it represents a huge discount from the previous incarnations, and it puts the iPhone in line with competitors.) Among a whole host of other features, the new phone will use the 3G network (which the Globe notes Rogers has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to create), will come in black or white, and will—we think, we hope, we want—save the world. Or, at least, Canada.
Image from Apple.

This article originally called the new iPhone “third-generation”; it is, in fact, the second-generation iPhone. The device’s name (iPhone 3G) refers to the network technology it is capable of using—3G.