Big news today at Macworld. After years of anticipation, speculation, and rumors, Apple has announced the iPhone! Here are some of the features:

  • 11.6 mm (thickness)
  • 3.5 in. (width)
  • Runs Mac OS X (access to Safari Web browser)
  • Touchscreen display with multi-touch support
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 8 GB storage
  • Bluetooth with EDR and also WiFi
  • Quadband GSM radio with EDGE
  • EDGE or WiFi, the phone switches to WiFi when detected
  • Google Maps: Satellite directions, traffic monitoring, and normal maps.
  • Random access voicemail
  • Widgets: Weather and stocks
  • Photo album lets you scroll through images with your finger and you can zoom in/out by “squeezing” or “pinching” the screen with two fingers.
  • The orientation of the screen (landscape or portrait) will automatically rotate based upon the orientation of the device itself.

One of my favorite features is the quick switching. While listening to your music using the iPod application on your iPhone, the phone rings.  As the phone call comes in, the music fades out, and the screen changes allowing you to answer.  While on the phone, you can even pull up photos to send in an email, and browse the web.  After you end the call,  the iPod continues playing where you left off. Amazing!

Also on stage with Steve Jobs was Jerry Yang of Yahoo and Eric Schmidt of Google.  A big part of this iPhone is the use of some of Google’s services, like the maps for satellite directions, and traffic. Yahoo is involved by offering free push IMAP email for all of the customers.

Now for the price: The 4GB model will be $499 and the 8GB model will be $599. They’ll start shipping in June! Note: As Nate the Great mentions below, it does require a 2-year contract.

News Source: Gizmodo