At least it looks that way!
Clean Interface as usual from Apple.
I am certain by the time you are reading my lowly blog you have already saturated your brain with other far better articles about Apple’s new product: The iPhone. NO? Well, if not – Here’s some good ones:
I’m not going to talk in depth about what the phone does cause you can read that in the links above. All you really need to know is that it’s…
“… THREE revolutionary new products. The first one is a widescreen ipod with touch controls” The crowd goes wild. “The second is a revolutionary new mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet communications device.” -Jobs
…all wrapped into one product.
I think the coolest looking thing for me is the UI (user interface). This is the area that Apple seems to hit so nicely with all of their products. (Why don’t other companies invest more in this?!? Looks, ARE a feature.) Adorned with nicely designed icons and widgets, the iPhone’s interface is sure to be easy to navigate and pleasant on the eyes. As you can see from the videos and photos – the iPhone does not have (or need) a keypad and is in fact designed specifically not to need one. Neither does the device require a stylus. It is completely driven by finger touch. Time will tell how badly the screen smudges or scratches, however. Perhaps there is a decent cover for the screen side…
A Weather Widget (iPhone) – The Blackberry interface – Treo 700wx (that Matt loves)
From what I can tell the screen clarity is very high which only enhances the coolness of the UI as the buttons, icons and other graphics look extremely clear and sharp. The question here, of course is, what about direct sunlight? (a bane of many portable devices). Apparently the iPhone automatically senses light intensity and adjusts it’s brightness. Handy.
When turned on it’s side the iPhone rotates the UI as well.
I really think it’s a neat idea that you can turn the device and the screen flops to a horizontal layout. Certainly could be a bummer if the sensor flips out though as has been reported with other devices.
Apple is teaming up with Cingular (only) on this one. I guess if Cingular can’t break out of the boring cell provider mold on their own (As I mentioned in this post) then teaming up with a company that can, might work. The device will cost $499 for the 4gig version and $599 for the 8gig. Sound spendy? Well – remember that you won’t have to buy a phone and an ipod and a Palm (Ha! Palm….whatever). Plus – if you sign up for a 2 year contract then perhaps Cingular will eat some of the cost so they can
suck it from your veins slowly keep your business later. The iPhone is slated for release in June.
Really, time will tell on this one. It certainly looks like a fun and cool innovation.
Funny warning from the base of the Apple page.