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That will be assisted with new hardware encryption, a feature Schiller said business users wanted. In addition to encryption, iPhone users will also be able to safely erase the whole phone remotely and back it up the data for later recovery in iTunes.

Another rumor borne out was the new camera. iPhone's two megapixel camera has been something of a weakness. It only shoots in one resolution, has no zoom or auto focus. Apple addressed that with a three megapixel auto focus camera that lets you tap the screen to focus on a specific spot.

It also has the ability to capture video, up to 30 frames per second VGA video with audio, and you can edit right on screen, trimming video from the front and back to crop it down to a short clip. With another tap it can be uploaded to e-mail, MMS (define), MobileMe or YouTube.

iPhone is getting voice control to do things like call people by name from your contact list, dial by number, play music by command, and using the Genius feature of iTunes, you can tell it to play more music similar to what you're already listening.

All told, there will be 1,000 new APIs, including the ability to do financial purchases from inside an app, peer-to-peer connectivity between two iPhones for head-to-head gaming, and push notification.

Several demos followed, some going well, some not so well. ScrollMotion showed off an ebook reader and GPS firm TomTom showed off a nifty GPS service, complete with turn-by-turn directions and a car mount that enhances the signal strength.

Not faring so well was a scientific app that was supposed to detect air pressure in a balloon and a guitar tuning app, both of which crashed and burned. Forstall joked that a demo's chances of success is often inverse to the number of people watching. "There's a lot of interest here," he said to the packed hall of developers.

(Trivia alert: The last time Apple offered a "GS" upgrade, was twenty years ago when it unveiled the successor to the Apple IIe, the Apple IIGS).

Article courtesy of InternetNews.com.

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