Killer ApplePhone announced at MacWorld Expo 2007 in SF
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Today at MacWorld Expo 2007 in San Francisco, Apple unveils three-in-one "iPhone" that is iPod for music and video, cell phone and Internet communication device. Previously code-named iPhone, but now it is called ApplePhone. Cisco owns the trademarked name iPhone that is a VoIP phone.
It is a revolutionary product all-in-one handheld product tailor made for the new digital media landscape. It is also a giant leapfrog over other generation of hard-to-use smart phones at least few years. The ApplePhone is also incorporated with Apple's Web browser, Safari, and operating system, Mac OS X. It has only button "HOME" on the front, and another button for "SLEEP/WAKE", no keyboard, no stylus and only tool required to use ApplePhone is what all of us were born with, 10 fingers. It is incredibly simple and easy to make a phone call, surfing on the Internet, read email, playing music and video. It automatically flips from landscape to portrait display accordingly to the position of the phone. The phone also features a 2-megapixel camera, a 160 dot-per-inch screen and is less than 12 millimeters thick.
Apple is partnering with Cingular exclusively to offer the phone and cell phone service, which will be available in June and cost between $499 and $599 per device. It will be available for Asian and European market by the end of the year. Apple has also teamed up with both Yahoo and Google to offer e-mail, mapping and Internet services on the phone.
"Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything," he said during his keynote address at the annual Macworld Conference and Expo 2007. "It's very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. ... Apple's been very fortunate in that it's introduced a few of these."