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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.