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iPhone Launched
After years of speculation, Apple has finally revealed its long-awaited iPhone.


The ultra-slim phone (11.6mm) actually has no buttons. It is controlled by a 3.5inch touchscreen display with a proximity sensor turning off the controls when it's near your face. As with the iPod Nano, it comes with 4GB or 8GB of storage and iTunes, but also Bluetooth, automatic WiFi, a 2 megapixel camera and quad-band GSM radio.


If that's not enough for you, the iPhone will also run OS X with support for Google Maps, Safari and Widgets (blogging). Apple estimates 5 hours of battery life for talk or video with 16 hours in music mode - not exactly long compared to some of the phones on the market.


What proved to be an extra surprise at its launch yesterday was the use of The Beatles to soundtrack what the phone could do. This goes someway to suggest that their back-catalogue might be released on iTunes this year which could do crazy things to the charts.


The 4GB iPhone will start retailing in June in the USA for $499 on a two-year contract, 8GB for $599 and is expected in the UK towards the end of the year.





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