The iPhone

If you had a chance to follow Steve Jobs Macworld keynote, did you leave feeling like you just had to own an iPhone? Some of the specifications of the iPhone that stood out to me:

  • Will run OS X and other desktop-class applications
  • Single home button
  • Multi-touch interface ensuring you never have to buy a stylus again
  • 3.5 inch widescreen display
  • 2 megapixel camera and iPod dock connector probably to ensure that all your iPod accessories can be used with the iPhone and built in speaker and microphone
  • It’s got a proximity sensor to shut off the display when the iPhone is close to your ear, an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness and save power and also an accelerometer which apparently can tell whether you’re in landscape or portrait mode. (Not sure if it’s used for something else too)
  • 11.6 mm thick meaning it’s thinner than the Motorola Q and the Samsung BlackJack. Both devices I’ve recently been considering to replace my Audiovox SMT 5600.
  • Syncs with iTunes which isn’t a big selling point for me, but maybe after the pending lawsuits Apple will be forced to support other media formats
  • GSM and EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Available on Cinglar only which is great since I almost switched to Verizon earlier this year to make use of some Temple University benefits
  • Visual voicemail is probably the best feature demonstrated. Essentially, you are presented with a list of your voicemails and can select which ones you want to listen to just like you a list of emails you can filter through.
  • Error correcting on-screen keyboard.
  • Mail, Safari, Google Maps, Yahoo Mail, Widgets
  • 5 hour video battery life
  • 16 hour audio battery life
  • The 4GB costs $499 and the 8GB $599 (includes a 2 year contract). It is shipping in June.
  • 100 + patents and parternships with Google and Yahoo to ensure that no existing players or new entrants can attempt to copy or relaunch a competing product.

5 Replies to “The iPhone”

  1. I need an iPhone. I’m not complete without one! I hear a secret feature is that it can read minds. For 600$, it better! Actually, the space is too low at 4 GB and 8 GB. It should be something like 10 GB and 20 GB at least.

  2. The iPhone is vaporware. It does not exist. If and when it does exist, it will be buggy as all hell. If and when it does exist, it will be locked and you will not be able to add apps. Do you actually think that was an iPhone Jobs had in his hands? I think not. Remember when Jobs explained that the umbilical cord was to project the iPhone onto the large screen? I believe it was the other way ’round, a pre-arranged presentation was piped into the phone. There still is not a single working iPhone in the world!

  3. Jim G. you are too funny!

    I agree with you Marc – but at the very least I’m hoping that this will force Microsoft and it’s various hardware partners to churn out some better devices. Although XDA ( http://www.my-xda.com/ ) has some nice looking ones already.