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Apple iPhone

Simon Reading

Bernt Wahl

Hannes Hesse

Chris Volz

Johnson Nguyen

1- INTRODUCTION

A. The Apple iPhone

Not since the introduction of the original Apple Macintosh has a product introduction been met with so much anticipation. The Apple iPhone is an elegantly designed information communicator forged from steel and silicon that runs pioneering software under Apple's OS X in a Unix Kernel. The iPhone combines smart phone capabilities with a simple to use graphical interface projected on a large 'multi-touch' display. Apple has managed to create a Macintosh computer with mobile phone capabilities, bundled within an Internet enabled PDA and an iPod body.

B. Design

The iPhone's functionality is accessed through its 3.5-inch touch screen display and one "home" button. Using only finger commands, a user can navigate seamlessly through iPhone's features, conjuring up a keyboard when needed. At a resolution of over 25,000 pixels per inch, its picture quality for videos and photos is astounding. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the iPhone's display brightness enhancing visibility and saving power. Audio is provided by a standard headphone jack, a built-in speaker or through Bluetooth (stereo) transmission.

C. Features

1. Smart Phone

iPhone touch technology allows users to make calls by simply pointing to a name or number in an address book or by dialing through a touch pad keyboard. Contacts are automatically updated with other linked networked devices and voicemail is accessible through an email type list selection. IPhone's features include: conference calling, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging. The iPhone's proximity sensor detects when a user lifts the device near the ear and immediately turns off the display to conserve power.

The iPhone uses a quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) spectrum; utilizing 2.5G EDGE networks -- a predominate standard used in Europe and parts of Asia. In the future it is expected that iPhone models will be truly 3G compatible since Apple's American carrier Cingular, and potential European and Asian partners offer 3G compliant UMTS and HSDPA.

2. Wireless Internet Communication Device

The iPhone serves as a Wi-Fi enabled Internet device that utilizes Apple's Safari browser to access: Internet email, web sites, online maps, and search engines. The device's full web capabilities offer a rich HTML email client with imbedded images that syncs automatically with a Mac or a PC. iPhone provides Google Maps directions, free push Yahoo email message forwarding and Apple widget applications connectivity -- Java based applets -- that provide updated information on stock quotes, sports scores, weather reports, traffic conditions and other services. Auto Wi-Fi detection (802.11b/g), Bluetooth, GSM and Cingular's EDGE network is also supported.

3. iPod

Think of iPhone as a 3.5-inch widescreen iPod with touch screen controls. Through the iTunes Library-- including music, audio books, videos, TV programs, and movies -- content is now accessible through a display interface rather than by thumb wheel menus. Videos, controls, previews, songs, lyrics and album artwork are presented directly to the screen. In the future, users should be able to directly access a movie or band's video by pressing an onscreen order button.

4. PDA, Computer and Camera

Using Apple's OS X running Widget's Java based software, the iPhone is able to provide PDA features: appoint calendars, contact lists, photos, emails and documents, literally with a touch of a 'virtual' button. It should only be a matter of time before developers will come up with specific iPhone applications, even though Apple has not made any announcements. The iPhone runs Apple's full-featured OS X, so in the future expect to see powerful applications to appear, especially as the world turns increasingly toward smaller mobile devices for a computing platform.

The iPhone's built-in camera takes pictures at 2 MB resolution that can be stored in 4 GB or 8 GB flash memory cards or forwarded to a friend, family member or colleague. An internal accelerometer detects when the device is rotated and automatically changes the contents display appropriately. No mention of video capturing capabilities were given, but it can be assume from Apple's dominance in video production and its portfolio of video capture patents that it is something they are looking into, especially as flash storage become cheaper.

D. Pricing and Specifications

Pricing:

Model Price

4gb model 499

8gb model 599

Availability:

Ship Date Ship Date

United States June 2007

Europe December 2007

Asia 2008

Technical Specifications:

Screen size 3.5 inches

Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi

Input method Multi-touch

Operating system OS X

Storage 4GB or 8GB

GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)

Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0

Camera 2.0 mega pixels

Battery Talk / Video / Browsing - Up to 5 hours

Audio playback - Up to 16 hours

Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm

Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

E. Software Capabilities:

* Full OS X

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