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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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By rushfan2006 on 4/26/2007 5:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
Touchy touchy....My little post was equal parts satirically looking at our society as a whole and our now lust for technology - whether said technology truly and honest adds real value to our lives be it -- work or play. The other part being , one of practicality.

Your analogy is quite funny though, I got a serious laugh when you actually compared my first post with people having a 2nd car, INDOOR PLUMBING and this was the best...ELECTRICITY....are you friggin' kidding me? You really think the significance and value on ones life and/or life style for a button-less cell phone that playes movies and music is anywhere close to the significance and value of electricity and indoor plumbing? LOL....

WoW!

I know where you are trying to go..but your example for analogies are really really bad.....you should of at least compared crappy phones to better phones....but to pick such out of whack comparison that have WAY more value than a stinking fancy phone...hardly illustrates your point well.

Anyway...get a sense of humor a bit and relax...there's nothing for me to get "over" on this issue...because for that -- first I'd assume you'd have to have "something" to be in your way.

I really don't care...*I* think its absurd to pay that kind of money on a phone just because of silly features most will use in the first 30 days of ownership and then maybe once a couple of months thereafter.

And before you say something like "well that's your opinion"....of course it is...did I miss-understand the concept of free web-based forums to be a place to comment and express your OPINIONS? ;)

Have a great day.


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