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Old January 9th, 2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Apple Launches its Much Anticipated iPhone
MacWorld 2007 -- Apple today officially unveiled its iPhone and as many had been hoping for, is quite a revolutionary product indeed. Steve Jobs herald in the iPhone as an industry changing device, throwing out old assumptions and conventions and bringing in the new. With all of its features and design cues, the iPhone should prove to be an extremely hot device.

The largest feature on the plate for the iPhone is clearly its display. The iPhone packs a 3.5-inch display with a resolution density of 160 dpi, one of the sharpest screens in the industry. In fact, the screen takes up virtually the entire surface area of the iPhone. There's no keyboard or direction stick on the iPhone, just a big screen. The iPhone operates entirely on touch-screen technology and is something that Apple had been working on for a long time. DailyTech last reported that Apple had submitted filings with the FCC for touch screen technology involving intuitive gestures. Many assumed that the technology would be used in a next-generation iPod but today made its debut on the iPhone.

Users are able to navigate the iPhone by using a virtual keyboard that's smart enough to know when accidental tapping occurs. The screen also takes in gestures such as scrolling, pinching and stretching motions. The screen itself is also smart. The user interface itself will automatically change from portrait mode to landscape mode depending on how a user holds the phone. The virtual keyboard can be called up and tuckd away at any time.

Music is very much part of the iPhone and Apple does not disappoint. Integrated into the iPhone are all the usual iPod features that many users have come to love. Music and iTunes syncing, album artwork support, smart playlist features and most importantly movie playback. Steve Jobs demonstrated the iPhone playing back Pirates of the Caribbean 2 in full screen.

In terms of applications, the iPhone supports the usual set of smart-phone features: email, text messaging, web support, address books, photo, video and music playback. However, the iPhone uses smaller versions of applications already used on its Macs. Jobs demonstrated browsing the Internet on the iPhone using Safari -- full websites loaded very quickly and in full detail. Lest there be any doubt, the audience was definitely impressed by the iPhone's speed and rendering capabilities. Users can even pinch the screen to shrink webpages on the fly to fit the screen. Email capabilities are in full force too with support for such sophisticated features as full HTML email support and even IMAP supported through Yahoo! email.

The iPhone's operating system appears to mimic many of the features found on Apple's OS X. One of the neatest features on the iPhone is the support for widgets -- the same tiny utility-type applications found on OS X's Dashboard. Jobs demonstrated navigating Google's virtual satellite mapping system.

Jobs indicated that the iPhone was also a workhorse. The unit can talk for roughly 5 hours and play back audio for 16 hours. There will be two GSM models released, a 4GB model and an 8GB model and sell for an introductory price of $499 and $599. As DailyTech previously reported however, the iPhone is confirmed today to be a Cingular Wireless exclusive product. The demo iPhone that Jobs showed already had a Cingular log on it.

Official specifications:

* Screen size: 3.5-inches
* Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
* Input method: Multi-touch
* Operating System: OS X
* Storage: 4GB or 8GB
* GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
* Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
* Camera: 2.0 megapixels
* Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing; Up to 16 hours Audio playback
* Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
* Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

The iPhone will begin shipping in June of this year.



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Old January 9th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #2
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Dam that looks like a nice phone, too bad i would saw off my arm before I spent that gross amount of money on a phone.


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Old January 10th, 2007, 06:49 AM   #3
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Dam that looks like a nice phone, too bad i would saw off my arm before I spent that gross amount of money on a phone.
Haha! Yeah, too true.

It's obviously pretty good and looks impressive, but why bother! It's not exactly revolutionary in it's features, I mean, it doesn't do anything any other smart phone doesn't. I suppose it's UI might change the way phones are designed in the future, but I think I'll stick with my SE for the moment

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Guys, please... its APPLE!! lol jk!! It looks amazing tho!! Even if, like everyone said, I wouldn't spend so much money on something like that!! I don't think I would even use as much money for something I need! lol

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Old January 10th, 2007, 01:36 PM   #5
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too high in price for me...i like my trusty $50 TracFone..only 5 months old and works everywhere

im sure the battery wont last long on that with the color and touch screen

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Old January 10th, 2007, 02:20 PM   #6
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Im perfectly happy with my SE W850i and my iPod video!
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Old January 10th, 2007, 02:31 PM   #7
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My parents already said I could get one. I think it looks really cool.

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The battery life on a DS, which has two backlit screens and stereo speakers, is around 6 or 7 hours when new (don't give me bullshit about Nintendo's stated 10, that's with the backlights off). I'm sure we can expect ample battery life.
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Its fairly big aswell... you would certainly know its in your pocket, also no keypad!
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Touch screen.
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I know but that could be slower and harder to text with!
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Possibly, it depends on how they design the onscreen keyboard. I have a feeling it will be somewhat large and you might be able to draw like in Pictochat, but then Nintendo would try to sue Apple, that wouldn't be a very pretty sight.

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Yeah, i stil prefer a good old keypad
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The only real downside to the touchscreen is you have to recalibrate it every so often.
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Yeah, I'm sure it will be a great phone/ipod, but for the money its not anything too amazing, like my SE has a 2GB memory card, and can support up to 6gb, then the only difference is that the apple is a touch screen wich i dont really want!
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The screen allows you to use the internet just like you would at home apparently.
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Oooh, exciting! *Yawn!*
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I suppose, did you hear about being able to download porn from the internet channel on the Wii?
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Ahhh, so the Wii does have one good use
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I think Nintendo will probably make a new update that adds parental controls for the internet.
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