Apple iPhone is real and coming to Cingular

At MacWorld 2007, Steve Jobs and Apple made it official – the iPhone is real and it will be exclusively available from Cingular in the States. Similar to the iPod and other MAC products, the iPhone seems to be a revolution in modern technology – it is only 0.44” (11.3mm) thick phone that lacks keys and is operated through 3.5 inches large 320x480 pixels touch display and Apple’s patented “Multi-finger gestures” technology which reminds of the way the iPod’s scroll wheel is used, but is done in more sophisticated way with a few fingers over the display. Another interesting feature is the accelerometer - a sensor that will change the orientation of the display, depending on the way the device is held. The iPhone is a Smartphone – it runs on mobile version of MAC OS X and alone should bring an unique user experience. Initially, small programs called widgets will become available for upload ont he iPhone.

When it comes to specifications, it is capable of global roaming quad-band GSM with EDGE data and supports WiFi and Bluetooth v2.0. One of its greatest drawback will be the slow data - it lacks 3G. A 2-megapixel camera is situated on its back, which is also not cutting-edge technology by todays standards.

The software title list includes Google Maps and support for mobile Email, with Yahoo! Push email support, which works similar to BlackBerry push email. The phone is multitasking device, and you can listen to your music while downloading email in the background. Apple use the slogan "Touch your music", as the touch displays gives rather unique way of searching through your music library, by switching the albums through their covers.

The navigation is acccomplished through the phone's display, and on its front it has only a single Home button, that brings you to the home screen. The left side houses a ring/silent switcher, and volume control keys. As a music phone, the iPhone has 3.5mm stereo jack for pluging your headphones, and on the bottom it also has iPod's standard connector, which will probably make it usable with most iPod-designed accessories, like the Hi-Fi for example.

As this is an iPod phone, it will be available in two versions with 4 or with 8 GB of integrated memory, which will be respectively $499 or $599 with 2-years contract with Cingular, which will exclusively offer the phone, starting in June. Later in the year, it will also be available in Europe.

Apple iPhone Specifications

Source: Apple

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