Steve Jobs Unveils the iPhone: Apple’s Music-Playing, Keypad-Free New Communications Device

Well, it’s now officially official! Apple has released the first real photos of the new upcoming iPhone, due to hit the market through Cingular this summer. After a bit of a legal/financial rumble with Cisco over the ownership of the name “iPhone” — Cisco is handing over their rights to the name.

It makes me wonder if this slick-faced, multi-touch input device is actually what we saw earlier on the trademark and patents site, rather than the face of the new iPod to come. Or maybe the design will be used for both! Hmmmm…

If you want to see both “artist renderings” of what the iPhone was expected to resemble AND the actual photos of the prototypes (as presented by Steve Jobs)…

It’s going to be just as pricey (read over the top) for phones as the iPod is for MP3 players… I just wonder if it’s worth it. Personally, I’d hoped for a bit more storage than this offers. It tops out at 8 gigs. I know I’m greedy. But I’d hoped to replace my current 60 gig video iPod with a phone that had the same (or more) storage space. I’m looking for one less thing to carry. And YES I need all that space on my iPod — it stays full. I have to watch my movies and TV shows to remove them before I can add more! *sniff*

Maybe I’ll learn to streamline my viewing habits there (is there even high-quality video available on this new phone?!?!) and quit trying to carry everything. Maybe updating my iPod will become less time intensive with a smaller drive and I’ll learn to carry only the true essentials. But for now, I sure would miss my extra 52 gigs. I sure would…

But they are all shiny and pretty, aren’t they?

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