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Mark your calendars, the iPhone is coming on June 29

The Apple iPhone, this year’s most anticipated piece of consumer kit, is officially dated for release on June 29. Until now, Apple and wireless carrier partner AT&T had remained non-committal on a firm release date, saying only that the iPhone would ship in late June.

The date trickled out over the weekend as commercials hit the television networks. The ads may also be viewed directly from the Apple website.

The three 30-second TV spots are simplistic, single-shot scenes showing a user’s hands operating the iPhone. The commercials heavily emphasize the device’s touch screen and the way that the display is viewed both in portrait and landscape views.

One of the commercials even concentrates on all the things that the iPhone can do that Apple’s best selling music player cannot – perhaps in a strange example of product cannibalization.

At the end of each spot is the reveal of the June 29 launch date, along with the AT&T smaller print reading, “Use requires minimum new 2 year activation plan.”

Last month, a report stated that the iPhone would be an AT&T network exclusive product for five years. Verizon, who turned down the chance to carry the iPhone, says it will have a comparable product announced late summer.

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By Master Kenobi on 6/4/2007 8:27:25 AM , Rating: 5
Not Impressive. The 2 year obligation is also not impressive. Bet it's voice/data plan is somewhere in the $80/mo category on top of its $400 pricetag.

The real question that still remains is, will I be able to download 3rd party software for it, like I can on my Windows Mobile and Blackberry phones?

RE: Meh
By Vertigo101 on 6/4/2007 9:06:37 AM , Rating: 2
You already know the answer to that: no. Apple will not be opening the iPhone OS up to freelance developers. Apple might directly commission a few applications, but I bet you'll have to buy them directly from an Apple online store.

RE: Meh
By Chris Peredun on 6/4/2007 10:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds about right ... AT&T's current unlimited "PDA" plan is $45/mo on top of voice. And that still only be EDGE speed, since the iPhone doesn't support 3G.

RE: Meh
By crystal clear on 6/4/2007 10:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
since the iPhone doesn't support 3G.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs [Video]

Why is the iPhone a 2½G phone when 3G is available? Jobs doesn’t seem to think 3G is necessary. He touts an iPhone Wi-Fi detection feature that alerts users to available hot spots. He says Wi-Fi is proliferating and it’s “way faster than 3G.”

RE: Meh
By Souka on 6/4/2007 11:41:00 AM , Rating: 2
3g or EVDO is soo much better than wi-fi... why?

Because Wi-Fi isn't anywhere near as available as 3G or EVdO for people on the move... plus, more often than not Wi-Fi is locked down.

I was using my Verizon EVDO in seattle while the wife-bot was driving... I got just over 1.5mb/s download via speakeasy speedtest... I think 640kb/s upload, but can't remember exactly.

I heard that EVDO is upgrading to a higher bandwidth soon also... 1.5mb/s is on par with 802.11b, but with EVDO you can travel more than 300ft before having to acquire a new access point.

T-mobile is incorporating Wi-fi in its next line of Blackberry which will be cool for my work as we can then utilize our network... but when on the go... the t-mobile network will be a better option..

RE: Meh
By gramboh on 6/5/2007 12:25:56 AM , Rating: 2
Haha sorry Steve, not everyone lives in San Francisco. You aren't seeing open wifi networks everywhere. I can't understand this stupid mistake. I don't see why they couldn't support 3G without sacrificing anything other than cost.

RE: Meh
By One43637 on 6/4/2007 4:33:52 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. last i heard, this phone had no voice dialing either. couple that with the touch screen with no indentions to familiarize yourself via touch is a big negative for me. that and being an AT&T exclusive for 5 years?!

guess i'll wait for the new Blackberry Pearl to be released with T-Mobile.

By eek2121 on 6/4/2007 8:46:13 AM , Rating: 2
It is really sad Apple has decided to sign an exclusive agreement with AT&T. This will totally destroy their chances for success. A mass market launch with all the major carriers would have been much better. I for one cannot use the iPhone simply because of the network they use and the lack of support for broadband outside wifi. Currently I have a smartphone via verizon with EVDO access. Why would i want to Downgrade?

By Souka on 6/4/2007 11:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the same thing... only AT&T for 5 years???

I wonder how much that option cost AT&T???

But if I recall right that was US market only... what about international markets will the iPhone use?

By theapparition on 6/5/2007 7:32:21 AM , Rating: 2
This was not Apple's decision. They approached Verizon first, and Verizon said no for a variety of reasons.
Too expensive
Not revolutionary
Conflicted with Verizons "VCast" strategy (which sucks IMHO)
Lack of business features
Apple's licensing terms and restrictions

Apple then approached Cingular (AT&T). They would only agree to the deal if it was exclusive to them and they believed the deal fit better into their business strategy.

So if anything, blame Cingular, not Apple.
My opinion, (just my opinion), is that this will be a quick hot seller, then fade away as a novelty.

By crystal clear on 6/4/2007 9:46:02 AM , Rating: 2
Apple CEO Steve Jobs [Video]
(click D conference)

Is that the faint outline of an iPhone I see in Steve Jobs’ pocket? We’ll see.

12:20 p.m.: The growth Apple has seen since the Intel transition, Jobs says, has been three times typical market growth worldwide. In the U.S., it’s nearly five times.
Walt to Jobs: When you changed your name to Apple Inc., people wondered if Apple was exiting the personal computer business. Is it? Jobs says no and stresses Apple’s commitment to the PC business, touts Apple’s forthcoming Leopard operating system.
12:25 p.m.: Jobs says Apple is on track to ship iPhone in late June as planned.
Walt: Like the last day of June?
Jobs: (Laughs) Yeah, probably.
Why did Cingular agree to the iPhone deal? Jobs explains that there were two reasons: Music on phones hasn’t been very successful so far. With the iPod, users can do that. Second: Companies have spent a lot of money building these 3G networks, but they don’t have the consumer devices to really use them. Jobs says today’s cellphones deliver a “baby Internet” experience. Presumably, iPhone will deliver the “big-boy Internet” experience.

There more to it, go to the link.

Note this-

12:25 p.m.: Jobs says Apple is on track to ship iPhone in late June as planned.
Walt: Like the last day of June?
Jobs: (Laughs) Yeah, probably.

RE: Interview
By peritusONE on 6/4/2007 7:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
Jobs says today’s cellphones deliver a “baby Internet” experience. Presumably, iPhone will deliver the “big-boy Internet” experience.

But they do not include the "big boy" internet protocol available with the carrier they've partnered with?

RE: Interview
By ninjit on 6/4/2007 7:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
Is that the faint outline of an iPhone I see in Steve Jobs’ pocket?

No, he's just happy to see you.

Software or Hardware or Price ?
By crystal clear on 6/4/2007 9:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
“If you look at the iPhone, it’s software wrapped in wonderful hardware-Steve Jobs

what would be the difference between iPhone & the rest?

The capability to upgrade the iPhone & software will make the difference.

Software will decide the success/failure of the iPhone.

RE: Software or Hardware or Price ?
By Hare on 6/4/2007 2:12:26 PM , Rating: 2
what would be the difference between iPhone & the rest?

The fact that Apple has hardware and software that covers all aspects of digital media and other services. They have no burdens from older phone OS's etc. They can build everything from scratch. The biggest reason why the iPhone is indeed a great device is because of convergence. Apple can build a complete world of services around the iPhone and do it without worries of backwards compatibility unlike all other manufacturers. Remember, Apple is mostly a software company with exceptional knowledge of multimedia products, unlike traditional mobile phone companies.

Apple contemplates 3rd party software access. Even if there would be no third party software you would still get Web 2.0 applications that are just run on a server and not locally on the device.

By UnFaZeD on 6/4/2007 10:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
The Nokia N95 blows the iPhone out of the water....dunno what the fuss is about...GPS/HSDPA/5MP Camera/Wifi/media player....

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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