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Steve Jobs at Macworld

Just a few quick notes after watching Jobs at Macworld.  Its long, and exhausting just to watch.  But what a stunning presentation, and indicative of the reach Apple has made in the entertainment industry.  ipods, itunes and iTV were the big things he spoke of, but they were all supported by incredibly reasonable prices, simplicity of use, and support across not just Mac but all TV’s and PC’s in your home.

The comparison to the techy speech from Gates at CES was unfortunate very obvious, and even though I am a Windows guy, I have to admit Microsoft have lost this battle for consumers when it comes to presentation, and ease of use.

Then… later the announcement of iphone, summarised here on Infosync.  Bankwatch is not a gadget site, but I am a gadget user, living with my Blackberry 8700.  However this new device from Apple, is just too amazing and beyond other devices available today, not to at least mention it.

Believe it or not, it’s finally here, and it’s even better than we expected. The quad-band GSM/EDGE/Wi-Fi iPhone (yes, Apple held onto the name) defies expections by essentially turning the long-rumored touch-screen iPod into a phone, making for an all-purpose music, video, photo and Web browsing machine that’s even thinner than the latest slim smartphones. We’re not exaggerating when we say this is possibly the most exciting phone we’ve ever seen.

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone
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Toting 8GB of flash memory (a 4GB version will also be available), the iPhone (which measures 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.46 inches — nice) has a 3.5-inch “multi-touch” display that lets you control all the phone’s functions with your fingers, ranging from dialing your contacts to scrolling though album covers and calling up a full QWERTY keypad (complete with text prediction for SMS messages). From what we’ve seen, the iPhone interface (powered by a slimmed-down version of Mac OS X) looks to be truly ground-breaking, with colorful, intuitive icons and screens that slide open and closed at a touch.

 

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Written by Colin Henderson

January 9, 2007 at 17:55

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  1. Who needs .mobi now? Hi-res full browser. Uh, yeah.

    This is a game changer. I was expecting a big letdown (why am I so skeptical) – and I’m a Mac devotee.

    I’m not really a gadget guy. I’m about a step behind the latest and greatest. No Blackberry here.

    But (wife willing) I will have an iPhone in my pocket upon launch. (And I was thinking about dropping Cingular, too.)

    Trey Reeme

    January 9, 2007 at 19:09

  2. I am so curious about the virtual keyboard and how it feels. Its remarkable how the keys manifest themselves as a keyboard/ mouse/ whatever is required for the function displayed.

    Colin

    January 10, 2007 at 09:46


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