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At last, after years of rumours on the topic Apple CEO Steve
Jobs has confirmed this week that Apple is poised to release the iPhone, in
partnership with Cingular, which is a combination iPod, cell phone, and
wireless internet device. Models have either a four or eight gigabyte hard
drive (which is bound to increase), support both Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless
connectivity, run a stripped down version of OSX with Safari browser, and, best
of all, has no buttons — the entire screen is a button, with a
virtual dial pad for using the phone, a virtual click wheel for navigating the
hard drive, and a virtual keypad for text messaging, e-mail, typing in URL’s
and other functions. It has a wide screen for watching movies and television,
and should be able to play a few games as well. There’s also a 2.0 megapixel
camera, microphone, speaker, and just one button that takes you to Home.
The price should start around $499 U.S. and will show up in stores around June. No word on how the cell phone would work just yet, but more details will be released in the coming weeks. If you can afford to buy it, it’s going to be awesome.