he announced "three revolutionary new products". An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator. But turns out it's all one device: the fabled iPhone!At the Steve Jobs keynote speech at Macworld this morning PST,
We'll have extended analysis about this later today, but for now let's review the news. Here's the feature list:
- Instead of a standard keypad, the iPhone uses a patented Apple technology called "multi-touch". It doesn't use a stylus, has "multi-finger gestures" and claims to ignore unintended touches. Jobs compared it to two other revolutionary Apple UIs - the mouse on the Macintosh and the click wheel on the iPod.
- 3.5 inch touchscreen with a virtual keyboard.
- iPhone runs OS X, Apple's standard operating system; according to Engadget's superb coverage: "It let us create desktop class applications and networking, not the cripled stuff you find on most phones, these are real desktop applications."
- Syncs with iTunes: "iTunes is going to sync all your media to your iPhone -- but also a ton of data. Contacts, calendars, photos, notes, bookmarks, email accounts..."
- Apple's design chops is all over the iPhone: "3.5-inch screen, highest resolution screen we've ever shipped, 160ppi. There's only one button, the "home" button [...] thinner than any smartphone..."
- 2 megapixel camera built in
- Outstanding media features - scroll through your music, widescreen video, album art, built-in speaker...
- Sync your iPhone with your PC or Mac (for contacts etc)
- Standard phone features - SMS, calendar, photos, etc. With photos there is a motion sensor that rotates photos when you turn the phone.
- Visual voicemail
- Rich HTML emails - works with any IMAP or POP3 email service. This spells trouble for Blackberry!
- The Safari browser runs on iPhone - "it's the first fully-usable browser on a cellphone." Jobs shows the NYT running in the iPhone - the actual website, not a puny WAP version.
- Google Maps
- Widgets that connect to Internet seamlessly (via WiFi and EDGE)
- Free "push" IMAP email from Yahoo
In terms of phone dimensions, iPhone is a quad-band GSM + EDGE phone (no 3G, notes Engadget). It has WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0.
Apple + Google + Yahoo
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang both made an appearance in Steve Jobs' keynote. Schmidt is an Apple board member and had this to say:
"From a google perspective we've pushed very hard to partner with Apple and working with many many different data service -- Steve showed a little bit. It comes together seamlessly. This is the first of a whole new generation..."
Jerry Yang then said:
"One of the things we're going to be doing is launching some of our new services , Yahoo Go and One Search on this phone. Mail is a killer app on the phone, Yahoo is trying to redesign the web and email experience on mobile devices."
Steve Jobs said about the iPhone: "it's the internet in your pocket for the first time ever." He also called it "the ultimate digital device". A 4GB model will cost $499 and an 8GB model will retail for $599. It will be available in June in the US (on the Cingular network), Europe in the 4th quarter, Asia in 2008.
With a desktop-like UI and partnerships with two of the Big 3 Internet companies (Google and Yahoo), Apple is really upping the ante in the Mobile Web market. I think this will finally propel mobile Internet into the mainstream. Maybe 2007 will be the year of the Mobile Web after all!