If Apple hadn’t fully “brought it” on the iPhone until now, the full gammit has now been thrown down: Apple informed the public today in a press release that the iPhone’s previous talk time of 5 hours is going to be actually 8 full hours of talk time, and the controversial touch-screen will be composed of a sturdy glass top surface.
Not stopping there, Apple announced the iPhone will be able to perform 24 straight hours of audio playback (undoubtedly for those longer car rides and droll conferences), 6 hours internet use, and 7 hours of video playback.
Steve Jobs, always one to gloat a bit over his and Apple’s achievements, said, “œWith 8 hours of talk time, and 24 hours of audio playback, iPhone’s battery life is longer than any other “˜Smartphone’ and even longer than most MP3 players. We’ve also upgraded iPhone’s entire top surface from plastic to optical-quality glass for superior scratch resistance and clarity. There has never been a phone like iPhone, and we can’t wait to get this truly magical product into the hands of customers starting just 11 days from today.”
Can’t disagree with you there, Steve. Though recent murmerings on the internet conveyed a general uneasiness with paying $500-600 for the device, this may just be the information that solidifies consumers’ desire to get their hands on the device. After all, 6 hours of web browsing, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio playback is completely unheard of…but that’s what Apple is all about.
Follow the link to the press release and you’ll find a disturbingly convincing chart posted at the bottom of the site that compares the iPhone to every other leading smartphone on the market; it shows, none too subtly, that the iPhone dominates the competition in display and battery life, as well as unit thickness, talktime, and WiFi (though the Nokia N95 is listed as being WiFi capable).
Apple is gearing up to smash the competition on this one; the iPhone is for real and its going to blow the competitors out of the water (and large, obscene holes in your checkbook).