Apple has entered the mobile phone market with the launch of the iPhone.
The widely predicted move was made at this week’s Macworld show in San Francisco, and the first device combines a phone, widescreen iPod device and web access.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs modestly announced, “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone. We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.”
Users can make calls on the quad-band GSM iPhone simply by pointing at a name or number. The phone also syncs contacts from a PC, Mac or internet service, such as Yahoo.
The device’s pioneering Visual Voicemail allows users to look at a listing of their voicemails, decide which to listen to, then go directly to them without listening to the prior messages – just like e-mail.
The phone has a 3.5in screen, a 2-megapixel camera and a photo management application that can be used with PCs and Macs. It also features Edge and Wi-Fi wireless technologies for data networking.
The iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, and Europe in late 2007. A 4GByte capacity model will cost $499 (£265) and an 8GByte model will cost $599 (£315).
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