Rumour have been wide-spread for quite sometime now, about Apple launching its version of the now ubiquitous good-old mobile phone. The name iPhone has been leading, amongst the names suggested for Apple’s upcoming mobile device, in the rumour mill.
Last December (2006), Linksys, (re)named its range of VoIP handsets, iPhone – including one that supports Skype.
Today, the mystery is solved. Turns out the iPhone is just a series of Internet phones, most of them for Skype, from our buddies over at Linksys. Read more on our Gear blog. According to engadget, Cisco had trademarked â€œiPhoneâ€ somewhere in the 90s. And so they will be talking about â€œApplephoneâ€ from now on, whatever and whenever that may be. Until then, weâ€™ll be talking with our Skype iPhones.
Turns out that that’s not the phone we have all been expecting. Well, at CES 2007 yesterday, Steve Job’s Apple’s boss has announced the new, revolutionary mobile phone – Apple iPhone.
According to Apple‘s website:
iPhone combines three products â€” a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching â€” into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.
The (rather pricey) device’s design and Graphic User Interface is outstanding and breath-taking. Its loaded.
The new iPhone will launched later this year in the USA, then in Europe and later in Asia (no mention of Africa).