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Apple Unveils iPhone


Steve Jobs unealed his latest Apple Inc baby – the iPhone, on the 9th of January during the Macworld Announcement. The iPhone has a scheduled release date of June 2007, pending Federal Communications Commission approval. The reason why Steve Jobs chose this day is simply to steal the media thunder from the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. He wants media attention.

The iPhone boasts a couple of very nice and sleek features. Its multi-touch screen is in the limelight – it is believed that Apple's iPhone is the first phone to dump the conventional keypads. In fact they only physical front panel button is the "Home" button. The iPhone uses an embedded virtual keyboard made possible thanks to the touchscreen, which is claimed to introduce new levels of integrated usability for this type of tactive interface.

The iPhone is also equipped with several sensors – a proximity sensor that shuts off the touchscreen when the iPhone is brought close to an ear, to save battery power and to prevent accidental contact with the user's face and ears from triggering phone features, an ambient light snesor that adjusts screen brightness and saves power, and an aceelerometer which senses the orientation of the phone and changes the screen accordingly.

Of course Apple will not forget to integrate the latest iPod functionality into iPhone – the device is capable of playing AAC and MP3 audio files and it integrates video and photo functionality too!

Like many other competitors' phones, iPhone allows its user to snap photos at a whopping resolution of 2 megapixels and provides phone users a photo management program that allows the user to upload, view, and e-mail photos.

Apple plans to sell 10 million units of the gadget by 2008 – a very ambitious plan given the price of the iPhone. Priced at $499 (4GB) and $599 (8GB) and making it compulsory for phone users to subscribe a 2-year mobile phone plan with Cingular (an American phone service provider), iPhone deter a significant proportion of die-hard Apple fans and interested buyers. 

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