Apple iPhone will change the way we talk
1/31/2007 12:00:00 AM
1/31/2007 12:00:00 AM
Amid rampant rumour and feverish internet gossip, Apple has finally launched the iPhone, undoubtedly the most highly anticipated mobile handset of the year.
Unveiled last month at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, proclaimed the iPhone to be 'revolutionary and a magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone'. Jobs also introduced the iPhone as a widescreen iPod, internet communicator and mobile phone all-in-one device. While Apple has included some stunning new features (more on that later), cut through Jobs' hammy hyperbole and you realise that while the iPhone has some deficiencies, it still remains a highly desirable phone.
At the centre of the iPhone is an entirely touch-screen-driven user interface, with no sign of mechanical keys whatsoever. This enthused Jobs to boast: 'We are all born with the ultimate pointing device - our fingers - and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.' This means text input will revolve around an onscreen QWERTY keyboard. Apple is also using its own, yet unproven, OSX operating system. But if it follows on from its desktop counterpart, it will prove highly intuitive.
There are 4GB and 8GB models available and both sport a two-megapixel camera and let you sync with iTunes for playback of music, films, TV shows, podcasts, music videos and audiobooks - all downloadable from the iTunes Store. Sadly you can't download content direct from your iPhone. The lack of 3G/HSDPA support is rather disappointing, so it's left to EDGE and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity options.
The iPhone will be available in the US from June on a two-year contract with the Cingular network, costing $499 (£327) for the 4GB version and $599 (£394) for the 8GB model. We have no pricing and contract details for the UK launch yet.
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