The iPhone is still on schedule to be released in June, but Apple now says that work on its upcoming combination phone and iPod is delaying the introduction of the next version of its operating system for desktops and laptops.
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Apple’s first smartphone is apparently turning out to be complicated that the company originally thought, and in order for the iPhone to meet its June deadline Apple had to move some of the software developers off the next version of OS X — code-named Leopard — and put them to work on its phone project.
According to a statement from the company, "While Leopard’s features will be complete by then [June], we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us."
Leopard is now scheduled for release in October, but developers who attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June will be given a beta of it.
The company finished its statement on the delay of Leopard with, "Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones."
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).