NEW ARRIVAL: The iPhone 4 unveiled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

 SAN FRANCISCO: Seeking to fend off intensifying competition from Google and others in the smart phone business, Apple has unveiled a new version of the iPhone that includes a front-facing camera for video chats.

The iPhone 4 is faster and thinner than previous models, with a crisper display and a more angular look. It has a 5-megapixel camera and can shoot and edit high-definition video.

“This is our new baby,” said Apple’s chief executive Steven P. Jobs as he showcased the phone here. “I hope you love it as much as we do!”

Analysts said it comes at an opportune moment for Apple. While previous editions continue to sell briskly, buyers have been faced with an increasing array of attractive smart phones.

On sale from June 24

Some phones powered by Google’s Android software match or exceed the capabilities and speed of the iPhone 3GS, the most recent model. The iPhone 4 should help Apple re-establish its leadership, said some analysts.

Priced at $199 for a model with 16 gigabytes of storage or $299 for one with 32 gigabytes, the iPhone 4 will go on sale on June 24 in the U.S. and some other countries. – New York Times Service.

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