Apple iPhone announcement - the biggest thing to hit my feeds for a long time

Wow, the (geek/online) world is going off about the announcement of Apple's iPhone over in the US of A. Nothing has appeared in so many of the feeds I subscribe to ... maybe the "Google buys YouTube" - here's the little list of links as of right now:
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And having looked at it I do want to say right here and right now, I WANT ONE ... *ahem*, I'd like to have one. Finally we're getting to the point where I don't have to think about a music player, radio (please, someone, make this happen), phone, camera and browser as five separate pieces of hardware to lug around. We're getting there ... oooh, I'm excited.

I WANT ONE*

What can the Apple iPhone do for you - this (from Read/Write Web - thanks Richard in advance):
  • Instead of a standard keypad, the iPhone uses a patented Apple technology called "multi-touch". It doesn't use a stylus, has "multi-finger gestures" and claims to ignore unintended touches. Jobs compared it to two other revolutionary Apple UIs - the mouse on the Macintosh and the click wheel on the iPod.
  • 3.5 inch touchscreen with a virtual keyboard.
  • iPhone runs OS X, Apple's standard operating system; according to Engadget's superb coverage: "It let us create desktop class applications and networking, not the cripled stuff you find on most phones, these are real desktop applications."
  • Syncs with iTunes: "iTunes is going to sync all your media to your iPhone -- but also a ton of data. Contacts, calendars, photos, notes, bookmarks, email accounts..."
  • Apple's design chops is all over the iPhone: "3.5-inch screen, highest resolution screen we've ever shipped, 160ppi. There's only one button, the "home" button [...] thinner than any smartphone..."
  • 2 megapixel camera built in
  • Outstanding media features - scroll through your music, widescreen video, album art, built-in speaker...
  • Sync your iPhone with your PC or Mac (for contacts etc)
  • Standard phone features - SMS, calendar, photos, etc. With photos there is a motion sensor that rotates photos when you turn the phone.
  • Visual voicemail
  • Rich HTML emails - works with any IMAP or POP3 email service. This spells trouble for Blackberry!
  • The Safari browser runs on iPhone - "it's the first fully-usable browser on a cellphone." Jobs shows the NYT running in the iPhone - the actual website, not a puny WAP version.
  • Google Maps
  • Widgets that connect to Internet seamlessly (via WiFi and EDGE)
  • Free "push" IMAP email from Yahoo

Available June in the US, Europe 4th quarter 2007 and 2008 for Asia. I suspect NZ will be fully available just before hell freezes over ... but I'm willing to wait.

* for those that missed it the first time

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