There has been a lot of rumors and attention placed on the new Apple iPhone that was recently introduced by Steve Jobs in the international electronics expo held in Las Vegas Nevada this past month in January 2007. The buzz has not only surrounded the new phone, but also the methodology that Steve Jobs used to introduced the new phone, the fact that Apple is being sued for the use of the name iPhone, and that he personally is being targeted by the IRS and FBI for un-recorded stock options. Did these events come in the right time or what! Hey negative buzz on Steve Jobs still infuses with the introduction of his new iPhone and causes its name to be advertised free everywhere. So every time they discuss new news about the outcome Steve Jobs the new Apple iPhone, which is right now under much scrutiny by competitors gets put into the mix as well. Samsung the Korean electronics giant recently have generated news that they will also have their own version out to compete with the new Apple iPhone that is expect to come out in June of 2007 in the U.S., the end of 2007 in Europe and in Asia sometime in 2008
Congratulations is in order for Cingular AT&T for snagging the GSM enable quad-banded Apple branded iPhone first. Much like the Black Razr two years ago, Cingular is trying to capitalize on innovation but with Apple instead of Motorola who in recent months have not stepped up to expectations. The 4GB Apple iPhone is expected to go for $499 with a two-year contract, while the 8GB will be priced higher at $599.
What’s Included In The Box
There is something amiss if you are missing the phone itself when receiving the package from Cingular. So expect a iPhone! You should also receive a standard battery, a travel charger or USB travel charger much like the iPods, a stereo headset that works with both phone & iPod functions, data-cable to upload and download or share tunes, and a warranty / instruction manual. For additional accessories such as additional batteries, chargers, cases, holsters, and Bluetooth headsets try visiting Apple, Cingular or other retailers near you.
The new Apple iPhone combines three products into one. Apple innovates a new revolutionary mobile phone and fuses it with a widescreen iPod with multi-touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device using the iPhone’s OS X platform and Wi-Fi technologies. Steve Jobs and his design engineers have fully equipped the new iPhone with desktop-class email, web browsing, Google-enabled maps, and searching functions — into one small, lightweight, and aerodynamically sleek looking handheld device. The iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just the touch of your fingers. Therefore, Apple believes that their new iPhone will quote – “ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone”. The introduction of the new iPhone in June 2007 should bring about a new cultural revolution. Especially with iPod users. These people will surely switch to the new iPhone, if they are GSM users at first. However, don’t worry about it too much. There should be a CDMA version coming out. Apple will probably want to invest in the CDMA version so they can capitalize with the likes of Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the future. However, because it will largely sell in Europe and Asia, where GSM predominately rules makes it more viable for them to introduce their new device in the GSM version. But there should be CDMA version within a year into the introduction in June 2007. The new iPhone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls also includes music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies at a touch of the phone. It also lets you sync your content from the iTunes library on your PC or Mac just like iPods in the market currently. Making calls with your iPhone has just gotten simpler. This revolutionary new mobile phone allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or within your call log. It also allows you to automatically sync all your contacts from a PC, Mac, or Internet service with ease. And it lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like email. Ahhh…. a luxury, but you deserve it. Right! The iPhone also features a rich HTML email client and Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device — which automatically syncs bookmarks from your PC or Mac. Safari also includes built-in Google and Yahoo search capabilities. Lastly the iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background over Wi-Fi (802.11 Mbs) or EDGE.
The Apple iPhone features the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse. It’s an entirely new interface based on a large multi-touch display and innovative new software that lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flip through photos and email them with a touch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page — all by simply using iPhone’s multi-touch display.
Intelligent Keyboard Feature
The Apple iPhone’s full QWERTY soft keyboard lets you easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions. And the keyboard is predictive, so it prevents and corrects mistakes, making it easier and more efficient to use than the small plastic keyboards on many smartphones.
Expect a large vibrant LCD display. Apple Inc. signifies quality and so dose the price tag. So I can say that the new 3.5 inch 320 x 480 at 160 ppi LCD multi-touch-screen display will be vibrant and efficient with its landscape viewable mode. The new iPhone is expected to have a OS X operating system as indicated by the Apple site and have storage space of 4GB & 8GB sold at different price tags. The introduction to Cingular signifies GSM technology. The phone will support quad-banded frequencies between 850-1900 MHz and have Wi-Fi + EDGE + Bluetooth® 2.0 infused technologies. The dimensions for the iPhone will be 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm. This means that the phone will not only fit within the palm of your hands, but you can also lose due to its very thin width. The battery will support up to 5 hours of talk / video / browsing time and up to 16 hours of audio playback. This can vary however, due to wear and tear on the phone and other factors such as weather or defects. The iPhone even though it has so many applications only weighs in only at 4.8 ounces / 135 grams. The weight makes the phone viable for both sexes and will make it easy to carry around.
In overall retrospect, the new iPhone has the look the feel and the efficiency of other devices like the iPod to make a great impact much like the iPods made a few years ago. The phone not only has features like landscape mode view features, Google maps to help you find your way, Bluetooth + EDGE + Wi-Fi, calling / mailing capabilities but it finally after years of expectations infuses actual iPod, Zune, or Creative Zen capabilities into a cell phone which I think is fabulous. Instead of spending your money on separate devices you now have the ability to get a all-in-one type of device. Its probably going to be very popular and may outsell iPods this Winter 2007, but there is still the concern about its calling features. How well can Cingular using its network to support the iPhone’s receptive qualities. That is when making calls will there be distortions, will the phone be caller-friendly or will it give problems. No one has yet to test these functions as of yet. So I would recommend that you find out about its calling strengths / weaknesses prior to purchase. But overall, I as a avid Gym goer myself would find use for such a phone and give this phone a 8/10 for its features/specifications affectivity, however, due to myself not being able to test the phone, 8 is the highest I can give thus far.