Ring, ring, it's the iPhone

Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered his keynote speech at MacWorld in San Francisco today, and he revealed plans for an oft-discussed product: the iPhone. Jobs said the new product will combine the capabilities of a video iPod, a mobile phone, and a wireless Web device.

"An iPod, a phone, an Internet mobile communicator...these are not three separate devices!" Jobs joked.

Jobs went on to say the device wouldn't have a stylus or a keyboard, which he says takes up an unnecessary 40 percent of a handheld's space. Instead, Apple will employ a stylish, innovative method of entering commands.

"So how are we going to [get this into] a mobile device? Get rid of all the buttons, and just make a giant screen," he told the crowd. "We're going to use the best pointing device in the world--our fingers. We have invented a new technology called multitouch. It works like magic."

The iPhone sports a 3.5-inch screen, with 160ppi resolution, and at 11.6mm, it's thinner than most other smartphones. The device does everything you'd expect a mobile phone to do, including text messaging, and it has a 2 megapixel camera built in. It also downloads and plays videos and music, a la an iPod.

The device runs Mac OSX and connects wirelessly to the Internet thanks to a quadband GSM + EDGE, and it comes equipped with Bluetooth 2.0, instead of the faster 3G data speeds. The iPhone will retail for $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for an 8GB model, and will be available in the US in June. Europe will get the iPhone by the end of the year, and Asia will see it in 2008.

Apple stock was up 5.85, or 6.84 percent, to 91.32 in midday trading. For MacWorld updates, check out CNET's Crave tech blog.

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I don't know in which world you guys live in but over here in Europe the more advanced phones costs between 500-900 USD. Look up the Nokia N95 and you see a pricetag of about 700 USD. Look up every god damned phone with more advanced technology and you get a price well over 500 USD. Either you're totally unfimiliar with the mobile phone branch or you your phones on the black market. 500 USD is not much for such a device in comparison with other models.
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that phone looks incredible
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Too good to be truth!!!
I love it!!
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I really want one. *starts saving money* Just 500$ to go!
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I cant wait. It better be worth the $600 bucks.
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Touch screen sounds awesome. The phone better be great cause just fancy screens with no functionality won't last.
8gb's isn't enough for it to be a phone and an ipod as well. I have a 30gig ipod so it won't replace mine. And as for the cost? Most phones cost $400 from the retailer, I don't know why people don't realize that. It will be cheaper with a plan from your service. I hope TMobile will support it!
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Can't wait to get one...
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Apple has control over the ipod maarket, but when they invade the over crowed cell phone market they will be taking on the big boys, a move Apple may regret.
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A 400 dollar phone, no damn way. It reminds me of the PS3, promises so much but I am certain it will deleiver less than expected. I will stick with my brick phone and Windows 98 with Dialup thank you.
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They've done it again!
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This is EXACTLY what I have been waiting for! I'm anxious for it to go on sale here. . .
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Since the price is too high, and i already have a MP3 portable, and a cell phone. Will people buy this thing?
Since jumping into the cell phone music bandwagon, which has a long way to go itself, i think he's leaping a tad too early.
Looks neat.
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I think that is so cool. I wouldn't be able to afford it though, that is alot of money.
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considering how many folks have a cell phone, a pda and an mp3 player, Apple is going the right thing. especially if they also answer the whole "the screen is too small" complaints about the ViPod. but folks this is a brand new product so yeah it's going to be expensive etc. give them two years and the price will be half that and the memory issue addressed somehow. for now, just be happy that Apple is trying to do something. I know in a couple of years I'll probably buy one even though I have all 3 devices right now.
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nice
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is it 500 with contract? i'll definitly consider to get one
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Why do you say, it costs a lot ? 500 $ isn't as much. For Example, a normal PDA, like HP which I have costs 350-400 $... you need a memory card for that, (SD) which is around 200 $ for a 4 Gb modell... And You still don't have a phone. And of course, you don't have a stylish, 11mm thick, device. I'll consider to buy one, but I think I stay for my V3, nano, PDA combo :D
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So Apple = So Amazing!
Although the price tag is a bit too high but this phone is really innovative. Go APPLE!
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estetically it's not that bad, but it's really expensive, I pass
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People who should have opinions are the ones who did watch macworld

and you cannot hate APPLE without truly knowing what it is about,
i mean come on

if any of you knows anything about technology u should know they put a lot of amazing stuff with this iPhone
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I wouldn't buy it. I already have an Ipod and a phone. I feel no need to combine them.
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The phone is just like the SLVR, breakable, wouldn't buy it. Stick with the music compatition Apple, I don't see Microsoft with phones :|.
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this a great first attempt but with a few revisions and a price drop thsi could overt take the phone market
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The features on the iPhone are endless. I will definitely buy one. Apple is indeed to dominate the cell phone market eventually with this innovation. Let's hope for larger space capacities for lower prices.
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OKay for all you tards out there who are saying that is not the actual price and that that is for appletv (itv) that isn't true.....

appletv: $300 (299)
4gb iPhone: $499
8gb iPhone: $599

i hope that clears things up. This is an awesome product it is like nothing else out there. Way to go Apple, Inc. NAME CHANGE! w00t!! Apple Computers was dumb.

The price will most likely drop with cell phone subscription....maybe not though.
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meh.. same ol' thing..
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I like the look of it, but I'm worried how perfect this mysterious method of entering commands will be. As some other people have already mentioned the hard drives offered are way to small to expect users to keep videos on their phone. I think that this is a really glorified mp3 phone with some (not very specific) Internet capabilities. Much like the iPod in its early years I think that the iPhone will have a lot of kinks to work out before it becomes a valuable product to consumers.
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I'd buy it instantly if it had a bigger hard drive.
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Not Good Enough !
Where is the PDA functions ?
Where is the 100 gigabyte hard drive ?
(so I can play movies ?)
Where is the eSATA port ?
USB is way to slow to be loading gigabytes
of movies !
and $500 ?
wait till buyers find out what their monthly bill for
all the subscription services you'll need !!!
JOBS just wants another revenue stream !!!
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wow....i have got to get one...to bad that there like 500-600 dollars...but the carrier is cingular which is good news for me because everyone i know has cingular...man i want one!
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Not Good Enough !
Where is the PDA functions ?
Where is the 100 gigabyte hard drive ?
(so I can play movies ?)
Where is the eSATA port ?
USB is way to slow to be loading gigabytes
of movies !
and $500 ?
wait till buyers find out what their monthly bill for
all the subscription services you'll need !!!
JOBS just wants another revenue stream !!!
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That looks nice, I knew i was only a matter of time.
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it looked amasing but two things keep me from getting it

1) THE PRICE 500$!!!?? is alot for a phone
2)only 8G max??? wats the point there are cheaper portable video devices that have more then 3X memory and a bigger screen cough..zen vision..cough

i'll pass on this one for now maybe if they lowered the price and added a few more G i'd get it.
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This would be pretty awesome to have. Too bad I couldn't, considering it'll be $500.; (
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Heh. I knew they would do something like this.
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If the iPod is any indication,this will be big.Real big.
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apple sucks.
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pass
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I will get it :P Or I hope so.
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1) Will they join forceses with a professional wireless servise i.e.Cingular, Verizon, Nextell, T mobile. 1B) If they dont, they will not have good servise...

2) 8 gb?!? WHats the piont, i have like 15 gb just in videos.
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I agree on the phone being a bit expensive, but when my contract is up, I will be snapping one of them up.

Apple is doing a great job by pushing "on demand" content devices. Both the Apple TV and the iPhone are great examples of the evolution of media. Start saying goodbye to the TV of our youths... Advertisers should rush even faster to jump in on product placement over the 30-second ads.
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That might be the 'brute' price, it will certainly be lower with a 1 or 2 year contract with the telephone company of choice (cingular it seems).
Now you have to admit it's a pretty beautiful design and an impressive interface.
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Exactly what I was waiting for!

I hope Mac OS X will be good on it.
I currently only using phone with Symbian OS due to their abilities.

And I also hope it will be a good alternative with good usability.
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Only 4 and 8gb? I'll pass.
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What a lovely piece of kit. I've started saving...
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How much !! ??
I'll Pass.
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the most awesome cell phone ever!!!! i want one now!
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I want one really badly. I have been holding out on an iPod because I knew they were going to be releasing these babies soon. I think that it is awesome what they are making now. Their products are so inovative.
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Apple may have won me over with this one. But I'll wait for the 2nd or 3rd generation, let them work out the bugs first. And maybe bring that price down. For now my Razr still has plenty of life left in it.
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The iPhone will actually be in sizes more like 4 Gig and 8 Gig for $399 and $499 respectively. That last paragraph was about the Apple TV (formerly iTV).
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