Breaking: Apple Unveils iPhone

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Apple iPhone

There goes the neighborhood. Apple has just unveiled the new "iPhone" and it is absolutely incredible.

Quick (and breathtaking) specs:

  • 11.6 millimeters thick (!!!)
  • 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support
  • Display has a proximity sensor that turns off the sensor when it's close to your face
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 4GB or 8 GB of storage
  • Bluetooth with EDR
  • WiFi that automatically engages when in range
  • Quadband GSM radio with EDGE
  • Runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes
  • 5 hours of battery life for talk or video - 16 hours in music mode
  • Cingular exclusive
  • 4GB iPhone for $499 on a two-year contract, 8GB for $599
See a ton of photos and more on Engadget.



Interesting that Cingular will offer the iPhone exclusively over the next few years. Will we see the hybrid xm/iPhone next?

Anybody think there will be an XM app to go with this since it's on Cingular?

It's an Apple phone using Cingular's network. Don't look for XM being on Cingular as a sign of any hope.

However if I was the CEO of XM or Sirius I'd have my ass on a plane headed to Cupertino right now.

The only thing that's incredible is the price. Everything Apple sells is a freakin rip-off.

And BTW, when do you think cell providers will move to THREE-year contracts?

For 499/599 WITH a 2 year contract, it makes no sense. I'd rather have the Nokia N95 for around the same price without contract, at least it has GPS, Mapping for 100 countries, etc.

If they had been 299 with 2 year, that would be much better.

Finally get to see the phone that has been hyped.

Nice that it is on cingular so for all those times that you can't make a phone call you can listen to music.

an 8 gig nano is $249. they werent about to price it $50 higher considering what it is.

The price was based on the idea that people regularly shell out $400 for a smartphone (palm etc.) so this is that plus an ipod nano plus much more.

the price makes sense when you break it down. too bad i cant have phones at work

I'm normally not a fan of convergence devices, but it seems as if Apple got it mostly right. I wish there was integrated Sirius (pipe dream, I know...), but I wonder if I can access that thru the built-in Safari browser...

The only real negative I can see with the iPhone is the relatively small hard drive options. But as it is, $500 for a phone/PDA/iPod is pretty fair considering what those devices would cost individually.

I think Apple has a hit on their hands.

This will BOMB!!

First, this is GSM (second generation or 2G). Most of Europe has switched to 3G, and the US is in the process of switching. Consequently do not expect to see many other carriers pick it up. Also since its based on old technology (EDGE), the interent data rates are only about 1/3 of those you could get with a 3G phone w/ HSDPA or EVDO.

Second, once can presently get a PDA phone for less money. Those phones have all the functionality of the iPhone along with the ability to add additional memory, add your own apps, built in office apps/email/more.

Third, Apple almost never reduces their prices. However, in the cellular market, phone prices tend to drop significantly after as little as 6 months. What was a premium phone about 1 year ago can now be found for free or near free. Apple will be stubborn and their sales will suffer.

Fourth, their biggest market for this device is teenagers/college students. The vast majority of these kids are on their parents family plan. Those people might be able to convince their parents to get them this device but they will not be convince the entire family to switch to cingular so thay can use it.

Sell your Apple stock now, this will come back to bite them a within a few months.

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