What Movie Fans Can Use from Today’s iPhone 4 Announcement


If you’re reading us, there’s a chance that you are a tech-savvy internet generation user who loves doing things with your toys that other people can’t. Either that, or you’re lost. It leads me to one conclusion: many of you have heard about today’s Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) Keynote speech, in which Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the brand new iPhone 4. As an iPhone user myself, this is exciting. It might be exciting to you. But if you’re sitting there wondering what the big deal is, I’ve got a few answers for you.

One of the recurring themes of the iPhone announcement is that there are some very cool enhancements that will interest movie lovers, movie makers and entertainment enthusiasts (read: you). A few months back, the iPad took the world of on-the-go entertainment to a new level, allowing you to stream Netflix movies, take TV shows purchased with iTunes on the road, and read comics anywhere you go without having to carry around your precious books. It was all very nice.

The new iPhone is doing a lot of the same things. And it’s much smaller. Here are some examples.

Netflix Streaming Coming to iPhone this Summer

Just as it did with the release of the iPad, Netflix is in the business of allowing users to take their Instant streaming service wherever they go. According to the Engadget report from the WWDC, “the UI actually looks fairly optimized for the platform, including an app-optimized search of your instant queue. It also features “seamless” switching between networks, with 3G streaming apparently a go.” The app launches this summer. I’m not sure this is something I would use (why not get an iPad with a bigger screen?), but I can see this being a big hit with many movie fans who travel a lot or take public transportation.

HD Video and iMovie

Tired of having to carry around both your iPhone and your FlipCam? Now you won’t have to choose. iPhone 4 will record 720p HD video. Better yet, Apple has created a version of iMovie for mobile. Per Gizmodo, “it’s pretty basic video editing, as its on a phone. But you’re able to combine various clips, add music, photos, titles and transitions as well as basic effects. You’ll recognize the effects from the desktop version of iMovie, where you’re able to do stuff like add the “Ken Burns Effect” with slow-mo zooming and panning.” You will be able to export in various resolutions and send video directly to YouTube. Put simply, iMovie will be worth the $4.99 that it will cost in the App Store. And as Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm asks, “when are we going to see a movie shot and completely edited on an iPhone with no computer?” Probably sooner than we think.

PDFs in the iBooks Application

One of the things that was praised about the iPad was the fact that applications could be created that would allow the downloading and reading of PDF files. This functionality will now be integrated with the iBooks application. What does this have to do with the world of entertainment? If you work in the industry and/or just have a love for reading scripts, this may come in handy.

So there you have it. A few really cool things that the iPhone 4 has for movie fans. Can you tell that I’m excited? It hits stores on June 24th and is available for pre-order starting June 15th. For more information, I’d recommend heading over to Engadget. They seem to have the best coverage of the day.

Would you use Netflix streaming or iMovie on your iPhone?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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