Apple Computer, the maker of the popular iPod digital media player and the supplier of Macintosh computers, unveiled on Tuesday the long-anticipated Apple mobile phone capable of music playback. The new device is aimed at communication and media playback, according to the company. Just like the other devices from Apple, the new cell phone features stylish design.
In spite of possible trademark-related lawsuits, Apple decided to call its new device as “iPhone” and, despite of possible physical damage, equip its highly-anticipated mobile phones with touch-screens, something never before available on handhelds, not typical keyboards. Apple iPhone includes support for quad-band GSM, EDGE, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR wireless technologies. The iPhone features a 2 megapixel (2MP) camera and a photo management application. The iPhone, however, is not small: it features a 3.5" screen that makes the device a relatively bulky.
“iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone. We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive.
The iPhone features a number of advanced capabilities, including music playback, movie playback, Internet connectivity and other things that are, perhaps, required by end-users, but are not available on currently offered models.
“iPhone combines three products – a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching – into one small and lightweight handheld device,” a statement by Apple reads.
iPhone will be available in the U.S. in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008, in a 4GB model for $499 (USA) and an 8GB model for $599 (USA), and will work with either a PC or Mac. Apple said that a contract will be required to acquire the iPhone at the aforementioned prices. Apple iPhone will be sold in the U.S. through Apple’s retail and online stores, and through Cingular’s retail and online stores. Several iPhone accessories will also be available in June, including Apple’s new remarkably compact Bluetooth headset.