MWSF07: iPhone Tech Details Begin to Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 19:42
Category: iPhone

The guys at Gizmodo were able to get their mitts on Apple’s upcoming iPhone in this report in an interview with Eddie Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Applications and Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

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The interview revealed the following new details that were left out of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech:
-The iPhone isn’t white given that the screen’s colors are more pronounced against a black background.
-The operating system isn’t identical to the desktop version of Mac OS X, but is a closed variant of OS X similar to the one found on the iPod that can’t be developed for. This will be its own version of Mac OS X with a distinct user interface layer.
-Access to the iTunes Music Store has yet to be planned for an implemented in the iPhone.
-The screen is made of the same polycarbonate as the iPod with a touch-screen element wrapped over it.
More after the jump…


The guys at Gizmodo were able to get their mitts on Apple’s upcoming iPhone in this report in an interview with Eddie Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Applications and Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

iphonehand.jpg

The interview revealed the following new details that were left out of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech:
-The iPhone isn’t white given that the screen’s colors are more pronounced against a black background.
-The operating system isn’t identical to the desktop version of Mac OS X, but is a closed variant of OS X similar to the one found on the iPod that can’t be developed for. This will be its own version of Mac OS X with a distinct user interface layer.
-Access to the iTunes Music Store has yet to be planned for an implemented in the iPhone.
-The screen is made of the same polycarbonate as the iPod with a touch-screen element wrapped over it.
-Accessories will be available for the iPhone given that it utilizes the standard Apple 30 pin iPod connector.
-The phone won’t be able to synch via WiFi or Cellular Data Syncing and will only connect through the dock connection.
A piece on CrunchGear rounded up additional facts such as the tidbit that Apple will probably develop other iPhones, much as it developed different types of iPods.
The article goes on to mention that Steve Jobs approached Cingular after Motorola launched its disappointing ROKR phone, the first cell phone to be licensed as an iTunes music player as well as a telephone.
With regard to the launch date, Cingular believes Apple will launch the iPhone on June 1st, 2007 (“Apple rarely announces things it can’t deliver…”)
San Francisco — With regard to Apple’s choice of Cingular as its exclusive carrier for the iPhone, if a user unlocks the phone to make it work with an outside carrier, the only feature they should miss is the visual voicemail (a new feature which allows the user to see who left a voicemail at what time and specifically choose and play back that voice mail). Cingular is rumored to be on the receiving end of possibly billions of dollars of revenue from this deal and can pick up after a few slow business years.
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