Blogged to death elsewhere (see Apple site and Steve Jobs keynote at MacWorld, but these are the things that made it fascinating:
- Most impressive is the touch sensitive screen and its capabilities has been baked into the operating system - slick scrolling & appearance of QWERTY keypad when you need it for example.
- iPhone switches from portrait to landscape mode based on the way when you rotate the device. A proximity sensor detects when you put the phone to your ear, so that you don't 'press' any on-screen buttons.
- Zooming in on photographs & webpages
- Sync with iTunes - seamless - kinda as you'd expect: music, podcasts, contacts, calendar etc
- Auto switching between EDGE (ie mobile) and wi-fi. (3G to come)
- Conversations in SMS Messages - I like the way that the history of sent and received emails displayed together and not separate Sent and Received folders.
Apple have filed 200+ patents for their iPhone.
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