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Apple iPhone Due In June 2007

 

Steve Jobs' announcement of the new Apple iPhone during Macworld 2007 sent a spin around the world, that has been a long time coming.

The question is, will Apple have the same success in the mobile telephony market as it has in making music mobile.

Surveys by CNET are summarised in three main categories:

Cost - is an issue – not just the high price, but there isn’t a high perception of value for the dollars.

Complexity – Are Apple trying to make the phone into a computer, and is this the right environment for trying to do that. Apple iPhone plans to incorporate pc type applications and capability rather than the current mobile ones. Are there too many specs for the low tech minded? When the average person only uses about 10% of their PC application, are we getting too smart for ourselves?


Usability – the video of the iPhone displayed by Apple made it look easy, but for those that still haven’t found everything on their blackberry, is it over-kill? My concern will be the fragility of the casing. Most people don’t realise how fragile a PDA/Smartphone is compared to the more expensive, and more robust pocket PC. We have all dropped our cellphones, if like me, more than once, and it still works a treat. Don’t expect the same from your iPhone.

To that I would add, why is it not 3G? This one factor alone has been doubting whether all those whizzy pc like applications will run like dogs in a non-3G environment.

With 42% of CNET readers surveyed on the phones appeal responding "Blah..it's just a phone; that's pretty significant number when you consider that those who voted are technology conscious enough to even be entering the CNET website.  See Full Poll Results

I guess it's going to be wait and see.....  but even as a gadget geek I won't be first in line when the product launches.


iPhone Specifications

Connectivity

  • Cingular, quad-band GSM/EDGE phone
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but no 3G
  • iPod connector, mic input, and speaker jack
  • EDGE and Wi-Fi Seamless integration

Capacity

  • Flash memory
  • 5 hours of talk, video, and browsing time; 16 hours of audio playback
  • 11.6mm thick: apparently thinner than all those other anorexic smart phones
  • 2-megapixel camera

Smart Features

  • Proximity sensor: when it's close to your ear, the touch screen and display shut down
  • "Smart" screen knows which way to orient images depending on how you hold it; wide-screen playback for videos

System Features

  • Highest-resolution Apple screen of all time
  • Mac OS X operating system
  • Touch screen interface, no stylus
  • Safari Web browser

Applications

  • PC-like applications rather than mobile device-like
  • "Visual voice mail"
  • Google Maps - including satellite and traffic data
  • POP3 and IMAP e-mail capabilities - real e-mail, not mobile version
  • Widgets

Pricing & Launch

8GB model - $599 with a two-year contract

4GB model - $499

Expected Market Launch - Shipping in June

 

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