In Brief: iPhone to Launch 6PM June 29, Mossberg Shows Off iPhone
iPhone to Launch 6PM June 29
During the closing minutes of today’s WWDC Keynote Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone will go on sale at 6PM on June 29.
Jobs told the Keynote attendees that the handset would begin selling at 6PM but did not specify what time zone or whether it was regional.
Apple has failed to respond to enquiries asking for clarification.
Mossberg Shows Off iPhone
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has been showing off his iPhone this afternoon.
The journalist showed the device to a group of college leaders at a speech at The Chronicle’s Presidents Forum.
“I don’t know whether I’ll give it a good review or not,” he said. “I can already see some things I don’t like about it. I see some other things that I do like a lot about it.”
Mossberg went onto explain that an important element would be the iPhone’s touch-screen keyboard and whether it is an adequate replacement for more conventional methods.
“They are claiming that through clever software they have figured out a way for this to be actually far more accurate and efficient than you think it will be, and I’m testing that proposition,” he explained. “And I can tell you that in the first hour it works a little better than I thought, but I’m still not sure it works as well as a regular keyboard — and the first hour is not a very fair test, so I’m going to keep going at it.”
“This is the next level or elevation of the cellphone,” he said. “Not because it’s better or necessarily better than your Blackberry … but this runs a real computer operating system.”