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.


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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