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CES: Apple iPhone

Posted in Apple, CES, Cellphone, Cingular, iPod by Elliott Back on January 9th, 2007.

Apple, Inc is up 8% in the stock market after they announced a new cross-technology product at Macworld 2007 today, the Apple iPhone:

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The iPhone is a smart phone running some version of OSX, sporting a wide-screen touch-sensitive display, iTunes, Safari, Widgets, and other mac apps, 8 GB of Flash Storage, support for GSM, Wifi, Bluetooth, and Edge networks, 5 hours of talk time, and 16 hours of music time. The phone is just 11mm thick, and will go for $599 ($100 less for a 4GB version) exclusively from Cingular. Deals were also announced with Yahoo for push-mail, and Google for Maps. Some problems with this in the future:

  • Vendor tie in w/ Cingular will limit market share
  • Availability will be a big issue–can Apple meet the demand?
  • Battery-life issues will be important. Everything here is innovative, except for battery life, which has not improved
  • Can Cingular provide the iPhone with enough bandwidth?
  • Scratching, smudging and assorted damage to the touch-screen
  • TM lawsuits from Cisco / Linksys, who own the iPhone trademark
  • Lack of open standards for programming in the new “OSX-like” iPhone OS

I predict, like the iPod v1.0, future versions of the iPhone will solve these problems and more. I’m still buying one in June, though! Update: Engadget has a nice comparison of the size of this baby on their blog. It’s a nice size!

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2 Responses to “CES: Apple iPhone”

  1. [...] When Steve Jobs announced the Apple iPhone earlier this week, part of me wanted to immediately start writing about it. Instead, I held back because I knew that everybody and their brother would be writing about it immediately after the announcement, and I would be hard-pressed to find anything new to say. [...]

  2. [...] They are blogging. I’m too late for this news. Anyway, this is iPhone and this is cool. Certainly, this phone will rock the Mac World. Take a good look of this phone and think, would I buy one or not? Or maybe two? This phone will ship in June but will be bundled with Cingular only. Apple iPhone Main Features [...]

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