When Apple’s iPod/phone combination was announced early this year, the company said it would debut in June. But that promise was made five months before the expected release date, and a great many things can go wrong in all that time.
That’s why those who are eagerly waiting for the iPhone will be happy to hear that this device is apparently still on schedule.
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Cingular Wireless — the carrier that will be exclusively offering this smartphone in the U.S. — sent an email this week to everyone who has signed up on its site to be notified of the iPhone’s release. Although this doesn’t give a specific date, it does make it clear that the device is on track to be introduced in June.
An Overview of the Apple iPhone
The iPhone is Apple’s upcoming combination smartphone and iPod.
This device 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).