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Apple's $499/$599 iPhone still on track for late June

Apple's iPhone has been surrounded in a thick cloud of hype ever since it was announced in early January. The phone was announced at MacWorld 2007 in January, but it was all the talk at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which was being held at the same time.

From the beginning, Apple said that the iPhone would ship in June of this year and would be a Cingular Wireless (AT&T Wireless) exclusive phone. Late last month, an unofficial launch date of June 11 was reported by CNET. The launch would coincide with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco which is slated to run from June 11 through June 15.

Things took an even more interesting turn when Apple announced that it would delay the launch of its OS X 10.5 Leopard operating from June until October. At the time, the iPhone was blamed for the delay. "iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price -- we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS(R) X team," said Apple on April 12.

Apple noted at the time that a "late June" launch date was in sight for the iPhone. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer reiterated yesterday that the iPhone will indeed ship in late June. "We look forward to shipping the iPhone in late June and are very excited," said Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer also noted that the company's impressive gross margin of 35 percent would not be sustainable going forward due to fluctuations in component prices.

Apple's iPhone will be priced at $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB model -- both prices are with 2-year contracts. The phone doubles as a portable audio player (a la the iPod) and includes a 3.5" 320x480 display, WiFi and OS X. The exact processor used by the phone is unknown at this time, but it is likely some variant of Marvel's PXA320.

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Nice phone but...
By retrospooty on 4/26/2007 11:21:02 AM , Rating: 2
This would be a $699 to $799 phone without the contract. I dont see Apple hitting thier 8 million sold in 2008 target at all. That is a pretty rediculous goal at that price especially without Sprint and Verizon models. That and the lack of a tactile keypad will hurt it for business users, who are the largest share of smartphone market.

RE: Nice phone but...
By LatinMessiah on 4/26/2007 11:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
A lack of a keypad will also hurt the visibly challenged consumers.

RE: Nice phone but...
By theapparition on 4/26/2007 12:07:20 PM , Rating: 3
I for one don't like the lack of keys. Buttons are low tech and not sexy but they just work.

I've been involved with high end audio for years, and was quick to jump onto the pronto/touchscreen remote bandwagon. Its ok, but lack of tactile feedback hampers its usability. Find myself going back to buttoned remotes (which are far superior). Don't see the market any different for phones.

RE: Nice phone but...
By retrospooty on 4/26/2007 12:19:59 PM , Rating: 4
me too... I agree the UI on the iphone is really cool, but when you are trying to get an email out quickly, its going to piss you off.

RE: Nice phone but...
By Von Matrices on 4/26/2007 10:44:45 PM , Rating: 2
Here is a better description of the many uses for the phone:

RE: Nice phone but...
By Oregonian2 on 4/26/2007 2:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
More that that. With my current el-cheapo (Motorola) phone I do most of my cell phoning from the car (with speakerphone attachment). I can't be looking at it to dial - I use the single button quick dialing feature. I can feel for the button I want to use and push it (for a couple seconds) without looking at it, and make my call. That would be impossible with Apple's phone as far as i can see. Surely I'm not the only one to do this.

RE: Nice phone but...
By mcnabney on 4/26/2007 12:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Pro's for Apple iPhone
Apple logo and UI
Sleek form-factor
Some PDA functionality
Really cool voice-mail manipulation
Bad battery life for an MP3 player

Con's for Apple iPhone
Exclusive for AT&T (Cingular)
Really expensive
Finger recognition appears cool, but is useless for TXTing
Runs on the 2G EDGE network
Expandability, not so much
Screen not well protected
Issues accessing corporate networks
The target market, Apple fans, already have an I-Pod
Good battery life for a phone

They are just not going to sell 8 million in the US at these prices. That would be almost 15% of Cingular-branded customers getting one. Not going to happen. I work in the wireless industry and while the cool phones appear in the pictures and marketing, by far most activations are for basic phones. Honestly, I would be amazed if they sold a million before Christmas.

RE: Nice phone but...
By tekzor on 4/26/2007 12:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
Apple makes "fad" products, theres just no way about it.
Productivity does not increase with use on any apple product, however, they cost more then the equivalent or better non Apple product.

Apple is America based only because we have the deep pockets for cheap gadgets, so buy at your own risk. Yes it looks good but the functionality is sub medium as with any apple product.

RE: Nice phone but...
By bkm32 on 4/26/2007 1:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget:

Lack of camera
No 3.5G (or 3G for that matter)
Not a World phone
Not a Pocket PC, but priced as one
Many (if not most) phones all ready store MP3s
Only up to 8GB
There are lowere-priced phones do a lot more
Spears, Lohan, and Timberlake will have one (Hilton will have the LG Prada phone)

RE: Nice phone but...
By jarman on 4/26/2007 2:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
...Lack of camera

Just to clarify specifications a bit, the Apple website states that the iPhone does incorporate a 2MP camera.

RE: Nice phone but...
By sdsdv10 on 4/26/2007 2:34:54 PM , Rating: 2
Only up to 8GB

Please show me another phone, any phone, that has anywhere close to 8GB of flash memory built in (not via expansion card).

RE: Nice phone but...
By GoatMonkey on 4/26/2007 3:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why does it matter if it's on an expansion card? That would be better actually. Expansion cards are dirt cheap these days.

8GB wouldn't even handle my music collection, much less video as it's being marketed. $600 would be fine if it came with the 80GB hard drive from the iPod video. If the iPhone had a regular keyboard (maybe a slide out type) and built in GPS I'd be all over it.

RE: Nice phone but...
By Brandon Hill on 4/26/2007 3:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
You're right about the cards being cheap. just had a 4GB SD card for $19.99 during their "Woot-Off"

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