Thursday, January 11, 2007

The iPhone is Finally Unveiled

After years of buzz, Apple has finally announced the iPhone, a combination of a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and an Internet communication device with email, web browsing, searching and maps. The phone operates similar to an iPod and a Smartphone. One cool feature is the iPhone's Visual Voicemail, co-developed by Apple and Cingular. This feature allows users to look at a listing of their voicemails, decide which messages to listen to, then go directly to those messages without having to listening to the prior messages. The iPhone has a full QWERTY soft keyboard. The touch keyboard will appear when users need to type and uses predictive text. The phone also includes a 2.0-megapixel camera.

iPhone also features Cover Flow, Apple's way to browse the music library by album cover artwork on an iPod. When navigating the music library, consumers are automatically switched into Cover Flow by rotating iPhone into its landscape position. iPhone's stunning 3.5-inch widescreen plays the same videos purchased from the online iTunes Store that users enjoy watching on their computers and iPods. iPhone is a quad-band GSM phone which also features EDGE and Wi-Fi wireless technologies for data networking. iPhone includes support for quad-band GSM, EDGE, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR wireless technologies.

iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008, in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac. iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple's retail and online stores, and through Cingular's retail and online stores.


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