Apple Announces iPhone’s Launch Day

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When Apple announced its iPod/phone combination early this year, the company said it would debut in June. But it has never given an exact date then the iPhone will be released… until now.

Aple has posted a series of videos advertising the smartphone on its web site. These end with a note that the iPhone will be available June 29.

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As has been previously announced, AT&T (formerly Cingular) will be the first to offer this device, and will be the only carrier in the United States to do so for several years. The iPhone is expected to launch in Europe in the coming months.

An Overview of the Apple iPhone

The iPhone will support the iTunes music service, and it will sport either 4 GB or 8 GB of built-in storage. It will support both music and video, which will be playable on its 3.5-inch, 320-by-480-pixel, 160 ppi display.

In addition, this will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone. It will include EDGE, but not UMTS/HSDPA. It will, however, have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.

The iPhone will run a version of OS X, the same operating system this company’s desktop and laptop computers run. It will be able to run some specially selected OS X applications, including the Safari web browser.

It will have a touchscreen, but not include a stylus. Instead, users will be expected to control it with their fingertips.

This smartphone will sell for $500 (4 GB) or $600 (8 GB) in the U.S.

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