Apple iPhone Updates
The iPhone, which runs Mac OS X, has full iTunes integration
and can seamlessly sync data with a Mac, PC, or Internet
service, including music and videos from iTunes, contacts,
calendars, photos, notes, bookmarks and e-mail accounts.
0.46-inch (11.6-millimeter) thick device weighs 4.8 ounces
(135 grams) and sports a 2-megapixel camera, volume control,
ring-silent switch, 3.5-millimeter headset/audio jack,
SIM tray, “sleep-wake” switch, speaker, microphone,
and a 30-pin iPod dock connector. The quad-band GSM (850MHz,
900MHz, 1800MHz, and 1900MHz) + EDGE phone also has 802.11b/g
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities. Steve Jobs, CEO
of Apple Inc noted 3G capabilities will come in the future.
Three smart sensors also
help control the iPhone’s behavior.
A proximity sensor shuts down the display and touchscreen
when the phone is held to the ear. An ambient light sensor
adjusts screen brightness to save power. Meanwhile, an
accelerometer lets the phone know whether to display in portrait
Despite the phone’s
revolutionary features, Jobs claimed that the phone’s
strongest feature was its redefinition of how calls are made.
We want to reinvent the phone,” Jobs said. “What’s
the killer app? The killer app is making calls. It’s
amazing how hard it is to make calls on phones. We want
you to use contacts like never before.”
A Visual Voice-mail feature
allows users to skip directly to voice mails they want
to hear. An easy-to-use conference
feature lets users connect two calls with one touch of
the screen. Text messaging on the iPhone is similar to
with user dialogue encased in bubbles and with familiar
and a touch keyboard appears below for entering text.
The iPhone uses its Wi-Fi
and EDGE capabilities to automatically connect to the Internet.
Internet connectivity includes
HTML-capable e-mail that works with any IMAP or POP3
e-mail service. Jobs
also announced that Yahoo will offer free push e-mail—similar
to the e-mail system on a Blackberry—to all iPhone
Apple also included its Safari
web browser, and the phone can use its Internet capabilities
to view standard
than WAP versions of pages. Integrated Google Maps
functionality lets users look up locations, search
for local businesses,
and view satellite imagery. The iPhone also supports
Dashboard widgets, and Apple announced it will include
The iPhone’s photo
management features are equally interesting. Its software enables
users to use a “pinching” motion
to zoom in and out of pictures, and to orient pictures
in standard or landscape mode. When playing music, the iPhone
adjust levels up or down as calls come in.
The iPhone will come in two
versions: a 4GB, $499 model and an 8GB, $599 model. Both will
contract with Cingular, the exclusive U.S. carrier.
beginning in June from Apple Stores and from