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Steve Jobs says Apple's changing the world again

MacWorld 2007 -- Apple today officially unveiled its iPhone which, as many had been hoping for, is quite a revolutionary product indeed. Steve Jobs heralded the iPhone as an industry-changing device that throws out old assumptions and conventions and brings 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 it 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 automatically changes 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 is based on a slim version of Apple's powerful 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 and how easy it was to get around applications and widgets on the iPhone's touch-sensitive navigation system. Of course, being OS X, all graphical animations and transitions were silky smooth.

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, for sale at an introductory price of $499 and $599. As DailyTech previously reported, 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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Cingular exclusive?
By s12033722 on 1/9/2007 2:28:11 PM , Rating: 4
Well, that kills it for me. That's too bad, since I was really looking forward to this on Verizon. Oh well.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Chadder007 on 1/9/2007 2:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. Cingular service around my area is crap and im not switching just for a phone. :(
Besides, with it being almost all probably drop and bust it within a week. lol

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By tuteja1986 on 1/9/2007 5:09:46 PM , Rating: 2
Way to expensive... I would rather buy an PS3 than iphone. They really need to release a mid end $299 version.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Steve Guilliot on 1/12/2007 3:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
How silly would you look holding a PS3 to your ear? Definitely not pocketable either.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Samus on 1/9/2007 5:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
Cingular service in general is crap. GSM in the United States is a complete joke of a technology. That's pretty much the only reason CDMA has lived on so long here.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By drwho9437 on 1/9/2007 7:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
I think that depends very much where you live. I've had maybe 4 dropped calls in 3 years(?) on a GSM network.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Mithan on 1/10/2007 1:06:08 PM , Rating: 3
CDMA is technically supperior to GSM btw.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Shadowself on 1/9/2007 2:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
The screen supports "gestures" which use multiple fingers concurrently. Touch two fingers to the screen over the image of the browser and "pinch" them together and the image of the browser (the browser window) shrinks -- no trying to use "fat fingers" to try to latch onto the edge or corner of a browser window in order to shrink it.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By MattCoz on 1/9/2007 6:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
It's 320x480, why would you want to shrink the browser window?

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By ScythedBlade on 1/9/2007 6:35:08 PM , Rating: 3
Well I think he wants full screen so he doesn't have to scroll that much. Y'know, zoom in zoom out ... that kind of stuff.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By otispunkmeyer on 1/10/2007 4:10:20 AM , Rating: 2
should of been 640x480

my Axim's screen is what? 3.5-3.7inch and sports 640x480 res and its a blessing when using it for internet and video and in landscape - satnav gives you a very wide scope of the area you're driving in, how did i ever manage with 320x240? ill never know.

plus i thought samsung made 1.9inch displays with VGA res too>?

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By willow01 on 1/9/2007 7:08:37 PM , Rating: 2
More likely it will zoom the page. Resizing windows on a device like this is not worth it. What happened to the whole Cisco owning the iPhone name, when that was flying around the web people were saying that Apple would more likely call it something else.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By dice1111 on 1/10/2007 9:33:24 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the phone would support the "gesture" I'd like to give it every time I get mad at Cingular's service...

Maybe start the "there-there, the contract will be over in a year" sympathy widget?

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Pops on 1/10/2007 3:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
Im not sure if apple developed multi-touch, but here is a video from a while ago when it was under development.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By DEredita on 1/9/2007 3:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. Cingular in my area offers spotty service. Been a Verizon customer for years now - and the service has always been good. What gets me is the $599 with two year contract. For that - I much rather have a Mac Mini, and also land a free phone with two year contract (usually after rebates).

I am extremely disappointed by this year's keynote. I am both an Apple and PC user. I have two Macs (1 Core Duo and 1 Core 2 Duo) and two PCs - all equipped with 2 GB of ram. I was really hoping for a Core 2 Duo Mac Mini to be announced today. Overall - I am disappointed there were no new Macs announced today.

iPhone is cool, but in all honestly - it's a rich person's toy.

AppleTV is ok - but the price of it is starting to venture close to HD-DVD player land. Plus the price of the movies on iTunes are equal to that of what you'd pay in Best Buy or Circuit City for the same movie, which you'd have the disc with and could lend it to friends and family.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By kkevin6154 on 1/9/2007 3:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. This phone is awesome, but it won't con me into returning to Cingular. I had horrible & extremely expensive service with Cingular. I'm with Verizon now and love it. I hope that Apple eventually realizes that having this phone exclusive to Cingular will hinder it's sales.

As for the $599 price, hopefully like all other phones the price will eventually drop (even though that's not in Apple's nature to lower prices on anything).

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By johnsonx on 1/9/2007 4:29:14 PM , Rating: 3
There's no way this phone is Cingular exclusive forever. Apple would charge way too much for that. I'd guess Cingular has exclusive rights for maybe 6 months. Verizon will have it (or a slightly different version) eventually.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By drwho9437 on 1/9/2007 8:04:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I would suspect that as well. Like the Razr...

It is too expensive for the main stream, but that doesn't mean it won't be a commercial success, you just have to recoup the dev cost and make a profit on each sale. The second should be no problem with the price tag. The first no doubt will be defrayed by the next future iPods which will adopt some of the technologies in this phone.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By slashbinslashbash on 1/9/2007 4:37:04 PM , Rating: 3
The reason for being a Cingular exclusive is that it has quite a few features that rely on network-side support. For instance, the "visual voice mail" where you can see all of your voice mail messages listed on your phone, by name of the person who left them (assuming they're in your contacts list). So you touch "Voicemail", see a list "Bob" "Lisa" and "Joe", touch "Joe" with your finger and hear the voicemail from Joe.

A similar app is the SMS messaging, which looks like iChat and is broken down into conversations with different people. Again, you touch "Messaging", see "Bob" "Lisa" and "Joe", and click "Bob" to see all of the SMS's that have been sent between you and Bob, scroll up and down through them, etc. just like in iChat or AIM, etc.

Also there is stuff like photo emailing (browse through your photos, touch "Email This Photo", select a contact from your contacts list and it's sent. Things like these are why it's exclusive to one carrier for now. I would expect them to broaden it later.

You all really should check out the Apple site. It's got a ton of videos demonstrating all the features. I'm really not a big phone guy, but so much of this stuff gets me excited. Google Maps on your phone FTW!

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By JCheng on 1/10/2007 3:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
Only the visual voicemail needs enhancements from the network, at least on first glance.

Threading SMS conversations--just group by telephone number and then do a reverse lookup for the contact name.

Email a photo to a contact--a lot of phones already offer this.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By Nocturnal on 1/9/2007 5:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, if only they introduced it for all carriers that use GSM. I would have loved to use it as I'm switching back from Nextel over to T-Mobile. :(

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By AlexWade on 1/9/2007 5:51:26 PM , Rating: 3
It would be nice if it wasn't exclusive to Cingular, but at least Apple was smart enough to be GSM. America cell technology is still behind Europe in overall quality, including CDMA even though it is technically superior. I blame CDMA for our curse to be 2nd in cellphones because I've been to Europe and used my phone in Europe, and it was so much better than anything I've ever used.

By the way, I have Cingular and where I live, they have drastically improved quality. I never have a dropped call, seriously, never. I rarely have moments where I can't understand the other end. But I sometimes have calls go straight to voicemail. I wanted the phone to be non-Cingular to keep prices lower.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By One43637 on 1/9/2007 6:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
yeah i'm trying to find a way around the Cingular exclusive myself. paying double/triple for an unlocked version doesn't appeal to me anymore.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By BillyBatson on 1/10/2007 3:02:24 AM , Rating: 2
I wanted this thing for Sprint.
I don't care HOW cool this thing is, or could be. Cingular espeically here in LA and SoCal in general is too crappy for me to switch to just for a phone.

RE: Cingular exclusive?
By zeroslugfm on 1/14/2007 6:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
well in NewYork....Cingular's just fine. I'm more worried about availability once this phone launches.

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