iPhone 3G S Is Slick, Here's the First Hands-on Vid to Prove It

It's undoubtedly Apple's week—the new iPhone firmware is due out today, and the new iPhone 3G S is in shops come Friday. That limiting date hasn't stopped a Brazilian blog from getting hold of one and demoing it on video, though.

Checkout the video from MyDock below. It's in Portuguese, but there are English subtitles (complete with the "S" of 3G S styled exactly as Apple does—don't you just love Apple fans?)

There's not much new to be spotted here, but considering we've only seen an on-stage demo at WWDC and the rather dry guideline movies on Apple's Web site, it's fascinating to see the device in action. The speed with which apps launch is noticeably faster, as is home-page switching. And, fabulously, Apple has tackled that irritating lag between launching the camera app and being able to snap a pic. We suspect its a combination of the new imaging unit and the 3G S's faster processor. Great to see the video recording capability in use, too.

A nice feature that might have been overlooked (and here I'm looking at you, Google, with your American accent-only voice search) is that the voice control accepts foreign language commands, and reports back using foreign languages too. Speech synthesis sounds good, and the iPhone's voice sounds like it's a female. I always knew it was.

If you're keen to get your hands on some—but not all—of the new software action on your old iPhone 3G, you'll be able to do so today. Apple initially said everyone would get their hands on new iPhone firmware 3.0 June 17—but it's revised its guidelines to reflect global time differences, so for some in the East it'll arrive June 18. Best guess is it's due around noon EST. Connect it up and hit "Check for updates" in iTunes around then, folks. But don't be surprised if it takes a while. With so many million iPhones and iPod touches out there the system might get a bit bunged up.

[via iPhoneportugal]

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  • Kit Eaton

    @Kimberly. Interesting.... there really was no reason to queue up this year, as there was plenty of scope to pre-order the 3GS for delivery.

  • Kimberly R

    Thousands of people were very excited on launching day of the Apple’s new iPhone 3G version. Everyone truly wants to get this latest iPhone feature as if it’s the best gadget in the world. However, critics have been denouncing the iPhone 3GS lines as people waiting in line for a long time to buy what amounts to the same product. Apple is swimming in cash, thanks to customers getting in line for the same phone that came out a couple years ago, but slightly faster. The iPhone 3GS lines were smaller than in 2007 for the release of the original, and more people just downloaded the upgrade for a new one. Everyone has got to have the new gadget first these days, before anyone knows how easily they break, which is the explanation as to why the iPhone 3GS lines were so long.

  • Kit Eaton

    @Alexandre. Interessante! Sim, gosto muito o "S" :) Obrigado pela informação.

  • Alexandre Salles

    Hi I'm from Brazil and the guy who edited this video. I'd like to thank you for the complement about the S ( 3G S⃣ ), and some informations, mydock.com.br is the web site of a technical assistance store. I called them asking how did they get it, Pedro, the owner said that a guy arrived at his store with 4 iPhones to be sold, but he didn't know that he was trying to sell an iPhone 3G S !!! He said that it was from somebody that works-after this maybe not working anymore-at Apple sold for him in Miami! Pedro got the 4 ones and already sold 3 for R$ 2.600 ( 1.320 Dollars or 950 € ) but one he kept for him obviously. The repercussion of this video has been huge, all the top sites of the world hava been talking about it since monday and a bunch of people still think it's fake even after seeing the voice control, video camera and compass working!!

    Thanks Again