Vodafone Essar announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in India. The Vodafone press release did not mention any details about the date of availability or the prices.

It is likely that the iPhone 4’s India launch date will be sometime in late September when the phone is slated for release in 88 countries worldwide. Earlier versions of Apple’s iPhone are officially available in India through Vodafone and Airtel.

The new iPhone 4G is thinner in size than its predecessors and has new features including a front-facing camera. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive officer, provided details of the new iPhone 4 at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference held in San Francisco.

 “We’re going to take the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” Jobs was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Less than 10 mm thick, the iPhone 4 is about 24 percent thinner than the previous iPhone 3GS, Jobs said, adding that the new model has a longer battery life that will allow 40 percent more talk time.

The iPhone 4 will go on sale June 24 in five countries including the US, France, Germany, Britain and Japan, and will be available in 18 more countries in July.

The the 16-gigabyte model will cost $ 199 in the US and the 32-gigabyte model will cost $ 299, he said.  (With inputs from agencies)