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1.9.07: Apple iPhone wows

Posted by Richard Koman - January 9, 2007


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A walk through the blogosphere after the announcement of Apple's new iPhone, a handsome piece of magic that brings full web-browsing, random-access voicemail, OS X functionality, MP3 and video playing, motion detection screen adjustments, and more.


Wall Street loves it - Apple's stock price was up 7.10 to 92.57 after Steve Jobs' keynote. In fact, the Street was very tuned into the keynote, as this graphic from mcsey points out (via ValleyWag)

And Paul Kedrosky points out that "the Apple mobile phone is going to mess with the mobile market." While Nokia and Motorola were only marginally down on Steve's big day, Wall Street punished RIM and Palm.

Michael Arrington was totally wowed - no surprise - he calls it a "game changing device."

The desktop-like interface and user experience looks to be a killer. This might actually take the mobile email revolution another full step forward from what Blackberry has done. Standard web sites can be viewed via the Safari browser (and soon, I’m sure, Firefox). And there are a number of nice touches as well, including a motion sensor that rotates photos when you turn the phone, and voicemails displayed visually that you can click on and listen to. As we all expect from Apple, this is a seriously buttoned up device.

The iPod functionality is almost a side benefit, and with the limited storage compared to the high end iPods, serious music aficionados will still want to carry their 80 GB iPods as well.

The iPhone introduces an entirely new Mac OS X-based user interface built around a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software that lets users control the device with just their fingers. iPhone also ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, which completely redefines what users can do on their mobile phones.


AppleInsider agrees with Steve Jobs' assessment that the iPhone is "literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone." They note:

The iPhone introduces an entirely new Mac OS X-based user interface built around a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software that lets users control the device with just their fingers. iPhone also ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, which completely redefines what users can do on their mobile phones.

Apple has struck deals with Yahoo and Google to make web-based mail and maps available on the phone, as well.

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