Apple say that the iPhone ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone and they might just be right...
iPhone in essence combines three products â€” a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and an Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching. It also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers.
Hereâ€™s the details in their own words directly from Apple:
iPhone is a widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets you enjoy all your content â€” including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies â€” on a beautiful 3.5-inch widescreen display. It also lets you sync your content from the iTunes library on your PC or Mac. And then you can access it all with just the touch of a finger.
iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or a call log. It also automatically syncs all your contacts from a PC, Mac, or Internet service. And it lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want â€” just like email.
Breakthrough Internet Device
iPhone features a rich HTML email client and Safari â€” the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device â€” which automatically syncs bookmarks from your PC or Mac. Safari also includes built-in Google and Yahoo! search. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background over Wi-Fi or EDGE.
iPhone features the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse. Itâ€™s an entirely new interface based on a large multi-touch display and innovative new software that lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flip through photos and email them with a touch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page â€” all by simply using iPhoneâ€™s multi-touch display.
iPhoneâ€™s full QWERTY soft keyboard lets you easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions. And the keyboard is predictive, so it prevents and corrects mistakes, making it easier and more efficient to use than the small plastic keyboards on many smartphones.
All the power and sophistication of the worldâ€™s most advanced operating system â€” OS X â€” is now available on a small, handheld device that gives you access to true desktop-class applications and software, including rich HTML email, full-featured web browsing, and applications such as widgets, Safari, calendar, text messaging, Notes, and Address Book. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background. This software completely redefines what you can do with a mobile phone.
iPhone uses quad-band GSM, the global standard for wireless communications. It also supports Cingularâ€™s EDGE network, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, which links to Appleâ€™s new, remarkably compact Bluetooth headset.
Built-in Advanced Sensors
iPhoneâ€™s accelerometer detects when you rotate the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display, so you immediately see the entire width of a web page or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio.
The proximity sensor detects when you lift iPhone to your ear and immediately turns off the display to save power and prevent inadvertent touches until iPhone is moved away.
An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the displayâ€™s brightness to the appropriate level for the current ambient light, thereby enhancing the user experience and saving power at the same time.
Pricing and Availability:
iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008.
4GB model will cost $499 USD.
8GB model will cost $599 USD.
Apple and Cingular Wireless will announce service plans in due course.