Possible Release Date for the iPhone Identified

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When Steve Jobs took the wraps off the iPhone back in January, he said that this iPod/phone combo would debut in the United States in June. He did not, however, reveal the exact day this smartphone will be released.

A customer service manager at Cingular — the wireless carrier that will have an exclusive on this device — was more forthcoming to CNET News.com.

According to this source, the iPhone will be introduced on Monday, June 11, the day Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off.

An Overview of the Apple iPhone

The iPhone is Apple’s upcoming combination smartphone and iPod.

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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).

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