Apple's Steve Jobs once again proved he knows how to launch a product today, announcing the release of a new portable device that will "reinvent the phone" (read a minute by minute account , or go with this sober summary from the New York Times). Although it's unclear whether the phone will live up to Jobs's lofty promise, a quick look at the specs on Apple's website makes me look askance at my brand new BlackBerry Pearl (and every other cell phone, for that matter). The iPhone has a touch screen keyboard, Wi-Fi and cellular Internet access, the Mac OS X operating system, and can play MP3s and widescreen videos just like an iPod.
How could you not love this thing?
Last updated: Jan 9, 2007
Senior contributing writer MAX CHAFKIN has profiled companies such as Yelp, Zappos, Twitter,
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