The Apple IPhone

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The iPhone is designed to include multimedia features along with internet facilities. It has been designed and marketed by Apple Inc. There are many features in it such as a multi-touch screen, virtual keyboard and buttons. The IPhone combines the functionalities of a camera phone, music player.

It also has text messaging and visual voicemail features. Internet features such as e-mail, browsing, chatting are all included. It has all the GSM standards in built therefore; it helps in being internationally capable.It supports the all the Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology for high speed and better reliability.

Design & Features Some of the design features of the IPhone are listed below, It has a multi-display touch screen a feature that can be used to open folders, scrolling through windows and clicking on icons. There are visual voicemails The photo viewer mode automatically changes between landscape and portrait depending on the way you hold the phone. There are animations that make the entire interface very vibrant.It is very light weight and very comfortable to carry it around. Pricing and Specifications According to Telecommunications Industry News (Sept, 2007), The 8GB iPhone handset was reduced from $599 to $399, and the 4GB $499 model discontinued.

The technical specifications of the iPhone are as follows all taken from Apple-IPhone-Tech Specs (2007), Capacity – 8GB flash drive Display – 3. 5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display, 380-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi, support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneouslyOperating system – OS X GSM – Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) ? Wireless data – Wi-Fi (802. 11b/g), EDGE, Bluetooth 2. 0+EDR Camera – 2. 0 megapixels Audio – Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz, audio formats supported: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV Video – Video formats supported: H.

264 video, up to 1. 5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H. 264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in . m4v, . mp4, and .mov file formats; H.

264 video, up to 2. 5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3. 0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in . m4v, . mp4, and .

mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2. 5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in . m4v, . mp4, and .

mov file formats Headphones – Stereo earphones with built-in microphone, frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz, impedance: 32 ohms, Mac system requirements, Mac computer with USB2.0 port, Mac OS X v10. 4. 10 or later, iTunes 7. 3 or later.

Windows system requirements – PC with USB 2. 0 port, Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, iTunes 7. 3 or later Environmental requirements – Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C), Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C), Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing, Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m). Input and output – iPhone (30-pin dock connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack), iPhone Dock (Dock connector) Power and battery – Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery Talk time: Up to 8 hours Standby time: Up to 250 hours Internet use: Up to 6 hours Video playback: Up to 7 hours ? Audio playback: Up to 24 hours Software Capabilities The software capabilities of iPhone immense, you can use it for, Text messaging, Calendar for events and appointments, view Photos, Camera, YouTube, Stock markets analysis, Maps, Weather, Clock, Calculator, Notes, Settings, and iTunes.

All the applications can be divided into four main purposes they are Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod (iPhone Applications, 2004). The iPhone also supports third party applications through the web browser. Although all applications need to be created in Ajax or JavaScript so that device security is maintained (Ziegler, 2007), but the iPhone cannot install full programs from any other company except Apple (Baig, 2007) All updates for the iPhone operating system is available through iTunes.There have been software updates on shortcuts, better stability of applications installed, Safari security, bug fixes, the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, louder speakerphone along with adjustable alert volume and receiver volume, mail attachments in portrait and landscape modes, stocks and can be recordered, support for TV out, preferences to switch off EDGE/GPRS, passcode lock, battery charge level displayed in iTunes, International language and keyboard support, TIFF exploits, inclusion of custom ringtones (Seen and Not Seen, 2007). Market Market StatisticsAccording to RoughlyDrafted Magazine (2007), Daniel Eran Dilger says that “Last month, after Apple beat its announced goal of selling a million iPhones by the end of September a couple weeks in advance, Dan Frommer of Silicon Alley Insider announced that Apple was convolutedly “below plan” for meeting its 90 day goal in 74 days, and figured that Apple would only be able to sell about half of its longer term 2008 goal of 10 million phones. A month later, Frommer is now pointing out that Apple has 27% of the US smartphone market.

” The figure below displays the iPhone sales for the past few months.

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