Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple's iPhone iTV (AppleTV), finally comes.

After announcing dropping of "Computer" from Apple computer Inc, which is now only called Apple Inc (Will there be another Beetles lawsuit?), Steve Jobs unveiled Apples new phone and the AppleTV.
The Apple phone, which I liked instantly, is slightly larger than your average phone, but comes with a 3.5" touchscreen that covers the majority of the front plate of the device. At 11.6 mm, it is not the thinnest phone out there, but it is thin enough to be able to escape the definition of being bulky. Standard equipment include 4 GB or 8 GB of flash memory storage, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a web browser, push email (with Yahoo email). Instead of relying on other software companies, Apple decided to use Mac OS X as operating system for the iPhone, which will be available in a quad-band GSM/EDGE version from Cingular Wireless.

Pricing for the phone is set a $500 for the 4 GB version and $600 for the 8 GB model. It will be available in the U.S. beginning in June of this year.

But while the touch-screen device looks truly gorgeous, sporting just two buttons and a 3.5-inch screen, it does seem awfully ambitious -- even for Apple. Jobs hopes to sell 10 million iPhones, which would give Apple 1% of the global mobile phone market share, in 2008.
The iTV, now called the AppleTV, connects directly to iTunes and can stream content to up to five different Macs or PCs. It comes with what we would consider a smallish 40 GB hard drive and includes 802.11 b/g/draft-n wireless capability. It delivers video content in 720p - which means that storing content on that tiny hard drive may turn out to be a challenge. But then, the AppleTV is reasonably priced at $300.

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