Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Apple Reinvents The Phone

Apple is reinventing the phone, Steve Jobs told an audience of 4,000 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco on Tuesday.

After months of rumors and conjecture that have kept blogs and chat rooms ablaze with activity, Apple's CEO took the wraps off what he hopes will be the next must-have gadget -- the iPhone.

The phone is being touted as a widescreen iPod, a mobile phone, and an Internet communication device all in one. Calling it a "leapfrog" product, Jobs says it is five years ahead of any other smartphone on the market.

"This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years. Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything," said Jobs, who cited the introduction of the Mac in 1984 and the iPod in 2001. "After today, I don't think anyone will look at these old smartphones the same way again."

The iPhone touts a new user interface that Jobs called a multi-touch display. The screen runs the length of the device, which doesn't have a built-in keypad. The 3.5-inch screen will have 160 pixels per inch for a high resolution.

  • 1