Its been a rumor that Apple is marching into the mobile phone industry. Finally, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the new iPhone cell phone at the MacWorld this morning which wowed the whole crowd.
The iPhone is an impressive, and expensive, device. It comes in 4 GB and 8 GB models and costs $499 and $599, respectively. It includes a 3.5 inch touchscreen with a virtual keyboard, a 2 megapixel camera, is WIFI enabled and runs OSX. Cingular is the carrier. The desktop-like interface and user experience looks to be a killer. This might actually take the mobile email revolution another full step forward from what Blackberry has done. Standard web sites can be viewed via the Safari browser. And there are a number of nice touches as well, including a motion sensor that rotates photos when you turn the phone, and voicemails displayed visually that you can click on and listen to. As we all expect from Apple, this is a seriously buttoned up device.
Too good to be true? However, it is said that the phone will only be available after June 2007 in the U.S. I wonder how Microsoft will react in response of Apple’s move on mobile phone industry.
A view on the new Apple iPhone. Unfortunately, this cell phone has a lot of downsides as well:
No 3G. (Ehemm…)
No over the air iTunes Store downloads or WiFi syncing to your host machine.
No expandable memory.
No removable battery.
No Exchange or Office support.
No 3rd party softwares to be able to install because it runs on 1st party softwares only.