There were cheers, tears and gasps of wonder as Steve Jobs finally made the announcement we've all been waiting for – the iPhone is here, and boy, does it mean business.
Promised to be "Five years ahead of anything" that's on the market right now, Apple's iconic new wonder-gadget combines a phone, a widescreen iPod and an ultramobile PC running OSX.
The iPhone runs a revolutionary user interface called "multitouch" – a touchscreen on which you can use multiple gestures, and it's promised to be every bit as as iconic as the clickwheel. Sensors enable you to glide through albums, flip through photos, zoom in and out and automatically disable the screen when close to your face.
Jobs has promised that the iPhone (as it will officially be called) will be one of the most sophisticated portable devices on the market, thanks to the inclusion of OSX and Safari, and will automatically sync iTunes, phone contacts, emails and bookmarks from your home computer.
It's also claimed that the iPhone will be capable of five hours' video or web browsing, or 16 hours of audio playback. At an amazingly svelte 11.6mm, the touchscreen is 3.5 inches, it also packs a 2-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth, WiFi and an, er, quadband GSM radio.
Although available in June in the States, Apple fans this side of the Atlantic will have to wait until Q4 for a British release.
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