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Postby Mother Mo » Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:43 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/01/09/apple.macworld.ap/index.html

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday unveiled a new mobile phone that downloads and plays music as well as a set-top box that allows people to stream video from their computers to their televisions.

Jobs said Apple's iPhone would "reinvent" the telecommunications sector and "leapfrog" past the current generation of hard-to-use smart phones.

"Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything," he said during his keynote address at the annual Macworld Conference and Expo.

"It's very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. ... Apple's been very fortunate in that it's introduced a few of these."

Jobs demonstrated the phone's music capabilities by playing "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid," from the Beatles' "Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band."

IPhone uses a patented touch-screen technology Apple is calling "multi-touch."

"We're going to use a pointing device that we're all born with," Jobs said. "It works like magic. ... It's far more accurate than any touch display ever shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It's super smart."

The phone automatically synchs your media -- movies, music, photos -- through Apple's iTunes digital content store. The device also synchs e-mail content, Web bookmarks and nearly any type of digital content stored on your computer.

"It's just like an iPod," Jobs said, "charge and synch."

IPhone is less than a half-inch thin -- less than almost any phone on the market today. It comes with a 2-megapixel digital camera built into the back, as well as a slot for headphones and a SIM card. Jobs did not immediately provide details on price or availability.
Apple TV

Jobs also said the company will begin taking orders Tuesday for $299 video box, called Apple TV. It will be available in February.

The gadget is designed to bridge computers and television sets so users can more easily watch their downloaded movies on a big screen. A prototype of the gadget was displayed by Jobs in September when Apple announced it would sell TV shows and movies through its iTunes online store.

The product could be as revolutionary to digital movies as Apple's iPod music player was to digital music. Both devices liberate media from the computer, allowing people to enjoy digital files without being chained to a desktop or laptop.

"It's really, really easy to use," Jobs told the crowd at San Francisco's Moscone Center before demonstrating the system with a video clip of "The Good Shepherd." "It's got the processing horsepower to do the kinds of things we like to do."

Apple TV will come with a 40-gigabyte hard drive that stores up to 50 hours of video. It features an Intel Corp. microprocessor and can handle videos, photos and music streamed from up to five computers within the wireless range.

Jobs also said Apple has sold more than 2 billion songs on its popular iTunes music download service, catapulting the company into the top ranks of music sellers worldwide.

Apple, which sells 58 songs per second, or 5 million songs a day, sells more songs than Amazon.com and ranks behind only Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target as a music retailer.

"We couldn't be happier with the growth rate of iTunes," Jobs said.

He said Apple will sell digital movies from Paramount. Apple has partnered with Disney for several months, offering about 100 movies on iTunes. With Paramount's selection, it will have 250 movies available for downloading on the site.

With Tuesday's launches, it remains to be seen whether the leading seller of digital music players can colonize an entirely new category of gadgets. Apple could use a megahit along the lines of its iconic iPod to divert investors' attention from the stock options-backdating scandal that has tainted its reputation.

The backdating of stock options, which has been widespread among Silicon Valley companies, involves pegging stock options to favorable grant dates in the past to boost the recipients' award. It isn't necessarily illegal, but securities laws require companies to properly disclose the practice in their accounting and settle any charges that may result.

In a December filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said Jobs was aware of, or recommended the selection of, some favorable grant dates but he neither benefited financially from them nor "appreciated the accounting implications."
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Postby elasticwings » Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:31 pm

Should have figured that it would be a GSM phone... I hate Cingular! Oh well, I'll stick with my regular old smartphone.
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Postby Mother Mo » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:45 pm

Yeah, I was disappointed that they said it would be Cingular. Its still moving the technology forward though & that's a good thing all in all.
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Postby Nephilim » Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:52 pm

I'm sure it will move to other carriers after a while. Just like the RAZR did.
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Postby elasticwings » Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:03 am

Nephilim wrote:I'm sure it will move to other carriers after a while. Just like the RAZR did.


Hopefully, if they port it to Verizon then I will probably pick one up.
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Postby Mother Mo » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:46 pm

elasticwings wrote:
Nephilim wrote:I'm sure it will move to other carriers after a while. Just like the RAZR did.


Hopefully, if they port it to Verizon then I will probably pick one up.


Ditto... eventually.
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Postby mehem » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:19 pm

come on apple tv :)
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Postby Hardcoregirl » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:38 pm

Haha, Cisco is suing Ipod for using the name they own the trademark to...http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/01/10/cisco.sues.apple.on.iphone/
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Postby Mother Mo » Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:10 pm

Yeah, they were ready to a deal, but Cisco decided against it at the last minute. Guess they thought they'd get more money out of a law suit.
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Postby Nephilim » Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:20 pm

Yeah, the only problem I could see with the lawsuit, is that there are other products out there that aren't owned by Cisco that use the name 'iphone'. The reason this could be a problem for Cisco is that in trademark law, one of the first rules of keeping a trademark is you have to actively defend it.

If Apple can provide enough proof that Cisco hasn't actively defended that trademark, they will lose it.
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Postby vertigo25 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:11 am

I'll never be able to justify owning a phone like that. Even if it was *half* the price.

On the other hand...

The *new* AirPort Extreme base station kicks entirely too much ass.

What?

No.. seriously.. stay with me. This thing is cool as hell for one simple reason.

When I saw it, on the web site I figured that they just redesigned it to look better (it now looks like a Mini or Apple TV). I checked it out only briefly the first day and saw that they've added 802.11n support, which is nice, but still nothing spectacular... but today...

I noticed that you can hook up an external drive to it and share that drive with every computer on your network... PC or Mac... wirelessly or via ethernet.

So... you could throw, say, a LaCie Mini 250 under it and you've got a wireless file server... for you entire network... for about $300.

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