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Unofficial iPhone Frequently Asked Questions

This compilation of answers for frequently asked questions about Apple’s iPhone was last updated on October 16, 2007 and is continually evolving. It is based on the best available news sources, but it is not official and is not associated with the Apple Corporation.

Table of contents:

Q: What is the iPhone?

A: The iPhone is a combination cell phone, iPod personal media player, and internet communicator announced by Steve Jobs at Macworld on January 9, 2007. (See the photo above. You can also download a full video of the keynote here in 680×360 resolution, but be aware that it is a 1.2GB file.)

Q: What does the iPhone look like?

A: Here’s a nice demo from John Blackstone at CBS News that shows the iPhone in action:

Q: What are the specifications of the iPhone?

A: From the Apple web site and other sources:

  • Screen size 3.5 inches, made of optical glass.
  • Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
  • Input method Multi-touch
  • Operating system OS X
  • Storage 4GB or 8GB
  • GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
  • Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
  • Camera 2.0 megapixels
  • Battery Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing; Up to 16 hours Audio playback. Apple announced on June 18, 2007 that battery life had been improved over earlier estimates: 8 hours talk time, 6 hours Internet use, 7 hours video playback, 24 hours audio playback or up to 250 hours standby time. When the battery won’t take a charge anymore, it cannot be replaced by the customer – it must be sent back to Apple and the replacment fee is $85.95.
  • Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
  • Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams
  • Originally priced at US$399 for a 4GB iPhone and $599 for a 8GB version, Apple announced on September 5, 2007 that the the 4GB model was being discontinued (and clearance priced at $299) while the 8GB model was being reduced to $399. Those who had purchased an iPhone in the 14-day period before the announcement were eligible for a $200 “price protection” rebate from Apple or AT&T, but earlier buyers (before August 22) complained so much that Steve Jobs apologized and announced a $100 Apple Store (but not iTunes) credit for them.

Q: When will the iPhone be available?

A: The iPhone will be available in partnership with cell phone carriers in countries around the world over time:

  • USA via AT&T Wireless (formerly Cingular Wireless) on June 29 at 6PM in each time zone. Only available from corporate owned AT&T stores, Apple stores, and the Apple website. As of August 14, 2007 the iPhone is also available through consultants and other VAR providers that participate in the Apple Authorized Business Agent (AABA) program.
  • Canada in late 2007 or early 2008 via Rogers Wireless.
  • Britain on Nov. 9, 2007 with service provider O2
  • Germany on Nov. 9, 2007 with service provider T-Mobile
  • France on Nov 29, 2007 with service provider France Telecom’s Orange subsidiary.
  • Rest of Europe TBD
  • Asia in 2008

Q: What service plans are available for the iPhone?

A: In the USA, the AT&T iPhone service plans are a marvel of simplicity compared to the usual blizzard of cell phone offerings:

  • A $59.99 plan including 450 minutes of voice time
  • A $79.99 plan with 900 minutes
  • A $99.99 plan with 1,350 minutes
  • All three offer 200 text messages, unlimited data services, minutes that roll over month-to-month and mobile-to-mobile calls.
  • There also is a $36 activation fee. Interestingly, activation is done only via Apple’s iTunes store on the Web.

Q: Are there any official iPhone web sites?

A: Some official sites:

Q: Are there any reviews of the iPhone?

A: See the separate iPhone Reviews page.

Q: What are the future plans for the iPhone?

A: Since the iPhone just started shipping, it is a little premature to ask this question, but the pundits in the press continue to remind us how much Apple’s iPod improved over the years and that the iPhone is likely to do the same.