Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple iPhone unveiled

Apple has recently unveiled and ended speculations to one of it's most secret and talked about product for years -- the iPhone.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed off his company's latest gadget at Tuesday's (January 9) Macworld Conference and Expo held in San Francisco's Moscone Centre.

“iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

The iPhone is a widescreen, touchscreen music and video iPod, a mobile phone, an internet device and a camera (2-megapixel)

From the introduction of the iPhone, what "wows" me the most is it's ability to detect whether you're viewing the player in widescreen or portrait mode. It also supports the album flip feature of iTunes called "Cover Flow" i which you can use your fingers to flip on the digital albums displayed on-screen!

The Specs:
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
Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008, in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac.

Zunephone and Zune games support on the horizon?

Rooting for the Zune, there are also speculations that Zune will also release a Zune Phone this year. Zune will also support games in 8 months according to Engadget.

With the release of the iPhone, Zune can get(copy?) ideas and improve it on it's own fure zune phone. It can be an advantage and disadvantage for Microsoft. The advantage is that they would learn from Apple's mistakes on the phone, and the disadvantage would be, well, crushing the first-gen Zune and taking the phone market again, just like what it did with portable mp3 players back in 2001.

Apple said that it has filed over 200+ patents on the iPhone to protect its technology from competitors so expect Microsoft and the zune team to create some new cool gadgets of its own.

Who really owns the trademark iPhone?

Isn't it Linksys?

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