Sunday, July 1, 2007

iPhone hits US market

US firm Apple has confirmed its move into the telecoms industry, unveiling the long-awaited iPhone. On Friday, the pearly gates of the Apple store opened up amidst loud cheers and high security. For Apple enthusiasts, who had been waiting - some over 48 hours - to be the first to get their hands on the coveted iPhone, their efforts had finally paid off.

Hundreds of people camped outside Apple stores on New York's Fifth Avenue and in Soho to get hold of the iPhone.

Among the innovative iPhone features is that it is completely touch-screen controlled instead of having a typical mobile telephone keyboard.

The iPhone merges mobile telephone, Internet browsing, e-mail, and music and video replay (like Apple's market-dominating iPod) into one device.

Unlike any of its competitors, iPhone commands are done by tapping or sliding fingers on 3.5-inch (8.9-centimeter) wide glass touch-screens.

The iPhone is not cheap, though: it is priced at 499 dollars or 599 dollars, for four or eight gigabytes of memory, respectively. But in a city of extraordinary wealth and fashion-consciousness, the cost did not prove to be a deterrent for many.

Since its unveiling in January, there have been high expectations that the iPhone will become yet another blockbuster product for Apple, which has pushed the company's stock up more than 40 per cent.
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