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« on: July 02, 2007, 03:14:03 PM »

It seems like some of the early owners of the iPhone which went on sale last Friday bought them just to take them apart!

Inside amongst other components is an audio processing chip from Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics Plc.

Article about the iPhone dissections from Yahoo! News here.

You can take a look inside an iPhone with this video clip <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ho0ZqoyOtW0&amp;rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/ho0ZqoyOtW0&rel=0</a>

Interestingly the iPhone, like many new mobile devices, is favouring online activation for set-up and key software applications (100Mb download). Apple's activation video is here.

How the iPhone will change the face of computing by CNN.

How the New York Times experienced the iPhone <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VcRfAaIb2Ro&amp;rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/VcRfAaIb2Ro&rel=0</a>.

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007, 05:00:00 PM »

I WAS excited by the Iphone, I am due a new phone and having experienced the frustrations (and potential expense ) of trying to sync Nokia's and Sony Ericsson's to a Mac, something that is designed for with that in mind as a primary function, should have me salivating. And it did... but then I started reading round the specs.

- GSM connection not GPRS - so this baby is going to be SLOW and nightmarish if updates are done over the  network.
- Closed system - ok mixed reports on this but it does seem despite (like the MAC) being essentially Unix based, developers are being kept out. There are some good reasons for this but I am not entirely sure this is going to help the phone.
- 2 Megapixel camera and no video - thats pretty rubbish for Mac which positions itself as  multimedia player.

I could go on but won't for now.

Ok there a lots of good things - like gorgeous design, however, I can see usability issues with the design and problems with broken screens.

It is still an interesting concept but a bit over hyped. I think this is probably the first smartphone that is aimed at the leisure market and so probably has a higher chance than normal of ending up i the pockets of students.

But lets for a minute think about the MAC business model $400 - $500 in the States for Mac usually means 400 - 500 in sterling. Thats a lot money for a piece of kit that is still limited.

Assuming Apple get over these issues then it a year or two it might be something desirable.

However, given that they stuck an 'i' on the front of it, it'll probably be a storming success Wink

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2007, 09:13:09 AM »

Looks like O2 are going to be suppliers of the new Iphone in the UK following the same model in USA of a single operator having access to supply it. Also a 300 price bracket - not the cheapest in the world but still less than I expected.

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