Update: Jobs touts iPhone, 'AppleTV'

The iPhone still needs FCC approval; won't be out till June

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Jobs pointed out that the phone will offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, comes with the company's Safari Web browser and displays Google maps.

The iPhone features a small "Home" button on it. It's also remarkably thin -- at less than half an inch, it's thinner than any smart phone out there, according to Jobs.

On one side, it sports a ring/silent switch and volume up-and-down controls. On its silver back is the digital camera. The bottom features a speaker, microphone and iPod dock connector.

According to Jobs, the phone offers five hours of talk/video time and 16 hours when playing music.

The announcement confirmed rumors that had been swirling around the company for months. Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal had reported that Apple would announce a cell phone with wireless service from Cingular.

But in something of a break from past keynote talks, Jobs offered no updates on the company's plans for its next operating system update. Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard, is due out by midyear.

In introducing the new phone, Jobs explained that smart phones provide phone and e-mail and what he called "the baby Internet. They're not so smart and not so easy to use."

"We don't want to do these," he said. "We want to do a leapfrog product that's way smarter than these phones and much easier to use. So we're going to reinvent the phone."

The iPhone does not use a keyboard, nor does it use a stylus, as many smart phones do today. The device uses new technology, called Multitouch.

"We're going to use the best pointing device in our world," said Jobs. "We're born with 10 of them, our fingers."

Multitouch is far more accurate than any touch display, according to Jobs. It ignores unintended touches and supports multifinger gestures. "And boy, have we patented it," he added.

In addition to the phone announcement, Jobs also reintroduced the iTV, now called Apple TV. The device, which sells for $299 and will be available next month, allows a user to stream music, movies and photos from a computer wirelessly to a TV, using the Apple TV.

Apple TV

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