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The Apple iPhone

Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple's history -- and that's saying a lot -- the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: "iPhone," the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it'd been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J's eye (comments, Cisco?). Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that's frickin' thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the screen when it's close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. Perhaps most amazingly, though, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email. Apple quotes 5 hours of battery life for talk or video, with a full 16 hours in music mode -- no word on standby time yet. In a twisted way, this is one rumor mill we're almost sad to see grind to a halt; after all, when is the next time we're going to have an opportunity to run this picture? The 4GB iPhone will go out the door in the US as a Cingular exclusive for $499 on a two-year contract, 8GB for $599. Ships Stateside in June, Europe in fourth quarter, Asia in 2008.

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Evildude42 @ Jan 9th 2007 12:51PM

Hmm, Trademark problems anyone? Besides that, once we see a picture, I may want one. If its at least as functional as a nano.

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Sebastian @ Jan 9th 2007 12:51PM

Oh joy, OH JOY. Anybody want my W810 for free?

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Jeremy K. @ Jan 9th 2007 12:53PM

Pretty Dope!

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Apple Newton @ Jan 9th 2007 12:54PM

Wow! An update to the ROCKR! Cool. Oops....(akward.)

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Taz @ Jan 9th 2007 12:56PM

Unless it's a slider, it looks like it's going to be touch sensitive screen. That's going to be the big 'make or break' as far as I'm concerned.
I've never liked those things (SE P800/900 with flap removed, T-Mobile MDA, etc) - the touch screen is a nightmare to try and dial numbers from - a proper keypad can't be beat.
However, Apple do have a hell of a rep for doing real nice hardware and interface design, so if anyone can successfully implement it in a non-sucky way - it's them.

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Kamen @ Jan 9th 2007 12:56PM

Yep, my Sprint 700P is looking mighty dingy right about now.

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Kenban @ Jan 9th 2007 12:59PM

I wonder has Apple just found the Trojan horse to get OS X a larger market share? This one device alone could get Apple into double diget marketshare.

I just hope it has wi-fi...

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Eric Pell @ Jan 9th 2007 12:59PM

I'll take it!

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Jeff @ Jan 9th 2007 12:59PM

Apparently none of you guys realize how bad of an idea a touch-screen is on a phone. I foresee some pretty obvious and pretty major problems here.

I'll be keeping my Samsung A707, thanks. It's smaller, it's got a protected screen, and it's got proper buttons. And it's got all the same features otherwise. (Oh, but it doesn't run a bloatware OS that was never designed for a phone.)

Color me massively disappointed.

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Joshua @ Jan 9th 2007 1:00PM

Touch screen buttons? BAD idea. This thing will never work.

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mark @ Jan 9th 2007 1:03PM

that phone looks huge!! i'm gonna need to get me some bigger pockets

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Richard @ Jan 9th 2007 1:04PM

hope they can do better than the cheap 62k color screen they put on the iPod video.

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Eric Pell @ Jan 9th 2007 1:04PM

I despise using the touchscreen buttons for dialing on my PPC 6700!

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Smeagol @ Jan 9th 2007 1:04PM

Yay, the widescreen Video iPod is here....

But, yea, a touchscreen?

And, whats the battery life on that thing? Huge 3.5 inch display = no room for batteries = not good for battery life.

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giedrys @ Jan 9th 2007 1:05PM

Touch screen good idea, touch screen bad idea. What do you know? Try first, make comments later!

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srw985 @ Jan 9th 2007 1:06PM

bye bye N80

f*** the N95

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Michael Bailey @ Jan 9th 2007 1:06PM

No Bluetooth?

No WiFi?

I'll stick with my Verizon 6700, thanks.
Plus, I'm not fond of being locked into iTunes.

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Matt W. @ Jan 9th 2007 1:06PM

The only bad idea is that the phone will launch as a Cingular exclusive. Where I live, Cingular is sub-par. Hopefully this will come to Verizon by the time I get my "Every 2" credit, which is next year.

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Richard @ Jan 9th 2007 1:06PM

Well, the pics keep rolling up here. Actually doesn't look too bad. If it will sync with my Outlook and include a pdf viewer it may work for me.

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theharddriveistoosmall @ Jan 9th 2007 1:06PM

Only 8 GB???

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