From time to time something will occur that will move me to comment on even though it has nothing to do with the T or Boston. Today Apple Inc. ( they changed the name of the company ) introduced the iPhone and suddenly my Treo looks old and tired.
There have been rumors going on three years that Apple would introduce some sort of a cellphone that would double as an iPod but MacWorld would come and go with no announcement. Now we know why they waited.
For the Apple users out there this device seems to have it all. The phone will run a version of OS X, Apple’s Web browser – Safari, a 2-megapixel camera, a 160 dot-per-inch screen, and is less than 12 millimeters thick. It will not use a stylus instead users will use their fingers on a touch screen that will zoom if needed. On top of that Apple has partnered with Google and Yahoo for e-mail, GPS satellite mapping and Internet services on the phone. Yahoo claims they will deliver a Blackberry type of email system that will push messages to the device in real time.
Oh it is also an iPod as well.
Of course this comes with a steep price that will probably jolt me back to reality. The device is expected to cost between $499 and $599 and will only be offered by Cingular which doesn’t have the best network in the Boston market. Apple projects they will sell 10 million of them in the next year. That maybe a reach at these prices but they sure will sell a lot of them. The one big question I would have is battery life and if Apple has solved that problem they will be golden.