Apple's iPhone available on June 29
iSore or iCandy? iDunno...
Apple has announced that its much-anticipated iPhone product will launch on 29 June in the US. The date was given in a series of television adverts broadcast on Sunday, and was later officially supported in a statement by a spokesman for the California-based company.
The device - which combines the features of a mobile phone and personal digital assistant and has a completely touch-sensitive interface - will sell for $499 (£251/€370) and $599 (£301/€445), depending on configuration.
The adverts shown on national US television on Sunday showed off several of the gadget's features, including surfing the net, watching videos and scrolling through emails using a finger as a pointer.
They concluded with the news that the phone would be available "Only on the new AT&T" and "Coming June 29". You can watch the adverts - there's three altogether - on the Apple website.
The product was announced last January at MacWorld in San Francisco and has caused a great deal of debate within technology circles as to whether this device will be reliable...or suffer from the same problems the iPod did for a while, with battery problems, fragile screens and a life-span of little more than one year.
Apple aims to grab a piece of the global mobile phone market - which far exceeds the market for MP3 players and it hopes that the phone's features and its ability to work with its iTunes music and video store will make the device attractive to consumers.
A release date for Europe and the rest of the world has not been given.
"No" Cingular phone contract included w\expensive price
i went down to my local neighborhood Apple store, and the manager at that store shared with me that the iphone was being sold with no contract with Cingular\AT&T\Southwester Bell or which ever other name you want to use.
all i asked was if they new what plans will be included when purchasing the iphone, and he said that the phone is being sold separately from that of a cell phone agreement plan. meaning that i would have dish out more dollars if i want my "iphone" to be utilized as mobil cell phone device.
wow, that would be getting so close to $1,000 mark for the apple iphone, i guess i am going to opt out for the linksys iphone instead lol.....
According to Apple's site the iPhone's has "entirely new user interface .... letting you control everything with just your fingers". As opposed to what exactly? Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I tend to operate my phone with my fingers.
And please no dictaphone comments....
Sounds like someone needs to get a life...
What's with all the hate towards a gadget? I can understand not liking mobile phones generally, but one specific one just because it's flash and people are excited about it?
Sounds like you guys need to get a hobby or get on with that coronary you're working on from getting so upset about things that have nothing to do with you. Bet you were positively seething about Smart cars and Sony Bravia LCD televisions too!
Marketing hype aside, the iPhone promises a real change in these portable devices' usability. I hope it's a huge success because it will force change in an industry where that is sorely needed.
People who say there's nothing new seem merely to be looking at individual features and they draw the same conclusions as those who criticised the iPod for the same reasons. The key to the iPod's success, and the iPhone perhaps, is the WAY in which the devices work ... the absolute ease of use and the integration.
If the iPhone can give the user the same sort of experience as the iPod ... it's already a winner.
it's a damn phone tbh
being fairly honest, i don't give a monkeys whether this product succeeds or not.
I only need my phone to make & receive calls and send & receive text messages.
I don't need to be mobile with everything technoligically possible on one little handset.
you get the worst of everything and the best of nothing in a small box not worth a smidgeon of it's production value.
I got rid of the gadgety phone after i bought a Razr, i'm back to a basic nokia, and even that has too many features. i don't need a camera on a mobile phone, i have a high quality digital camaera for taking pictures.
I own an ipod and a creative zen mp3 player, i don't need a phone to do that.
personally i think this is going to flop, but not based on the reasons i wouldn't buy one.
it's simply too much in one phone, look at the equivalent competition, none of them are massive sellers.
back to basics please