Retail giant Wal-Mart will be one of the places consumers can buy the Apple iPhone 4 when it is released later this month. Other options include AT&T's and Apple's own stores, plus Best Buy and Radio Shack.
Demand for this smartphone on launch day is likely to be high -- over a million iPhone 3GS units were sold the weekend it debuted. Giving customers more options will cut down on crowding on launch day.
No Special Wal-Mart Pricing
Although Wal-Mart is known for its low prices, Apple closely controls the cost of its smartphones, and rarely allows retailers to charge less than the standard price. The iPhone 4 is unlikely to be an exception to the general rule.
This means that no matter which store a customer goes to, Apple's latest smartphone will cost the same.
Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
Apple's fourth-generation smartphone is going to be a significant upgrade from the current one, starting with its 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 touchscreen, a much higher resolution than any previous iPhone has offered.
It's going to have a new slimmer design and run iOS 4.0, the latest version of Apple's operating system, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor. This will be the first version of Apple's mobile OS with support for multitasking.
The iPhone 4 will have a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash and support for recording 720p video at 30 frames per second. In addition, it's going to include a small front-facing camera for video chatting with an app called FaceTime.
Pricing and Availability
The Apple iPhone 4 will be available on June 24. The only wireless carrier in the U.S. that will be allowed to offer it is AT&T.
It is going to come in two configurations: a version with 16 GB of storage will cost $200 and one with 32 GB will go for $300.
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