Apple’s got everyone’s attention … again. After stealing the spotlight with the release of the iPad in March, the company has officially announced the highly anticipated iPhone 4.

In April, the Internet was going nuts when Gizmodo got a hold of a prototype model of this new iPhone months before release. Now, they’ve announced a June release for the next generation iPhone.

Apple announced the next version at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday (June 7), saying the iPhone 4 marks “the biggest leap since the original iPhone.”

The new installment boasts a complete redesign over Apple’s the 3GS. This time, it’s 24 percent thinner, and now features a completely flat back and a stainless-steel edge that replaces the rounded plastic of the 3GS. It also has the same A4 processor that runs the iPad, and has a slightly larger battery, which results in 7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music.

The camera has also been bumped to 5 megapixels, with 5X digital zoom and a “backside illuminated sensor,” which now can also record HD video at 720p / 30fps. There’s an enhanced screen, which Apple is calling “retina display.” It allows for increased pixel density, so photos and text will appear much sharper on the iPhone 4 than they do on the 3GS.

One of the coolest new additions is a camera on the front of the phone, which can snap photos as well as video and even supports free video conferencing / face-time video calling with iPhone 4 owners over Wi-Fi.

The iPhone 4 goes on sale June 24, with pre-orders beginning on June 15. A 16GB version will sell for $199, while a 32GB version will set you back $299. Both, of course, require a new two-year contract with AT&T, but if you have an expired contract or one that expires in 2010, you can upgrade immediately when the iPhone 4 launches.

Are you copping the iPhone 4 when it drops?

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