Apple’s iPhone has passed a major hurdle: the Federal Communications Commission has given its approval for this smartphone to be released in the United States.
FCC approval is an absolutely necessary step before any wireless device can be introduced in the U.S., and in order to get it manufacturers have to file a series of documents describing their product. Sometimes this results in the world getting its first glimpse at an upcoming model, or confirming rumors about one.
That’s not the case this time for two reasons. Apple has already announced the iPhone, and has requested that the FCC keep confidential just about all the details in the documentation, even the pictures of this smartphone.
Anyone who is nevertheless still interested in reading the few documents filed with the FCC that are publicly available can find them on this U.S. government web site.
Essentially, the only news here is that getting FCC approval isn’t going to delay the release of the iPhone, as has occasionally happened with other models.
Although Apple and AT&T (the exclusive provider of the iPhone in the U.S.) have stated numerous time this smartphone will debut in June, they haven’t been willing to be more specific than that.
Various rumors and speculation have pegged the release date from early in the month all the way until practically the last day.
A this point, there’s simply no way to say for sure.
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 what Apple says is a version of OS X, the same operating system this company’s desktop and laptop computers run. It will be able to run some — but not all — 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 is expected to sell for $500 (4 GB) or $600 (8 GB).