Apple's iPhone – the first images. Coming to the UK soon?

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OK, so here it is, the gadget that has been something of a Holy Grail for geeks the world over for the last god knows how many years. Years of false leads, speculation, gossip and some truly awful photoshop mock ups are finally over. Was it all worth it? Well, it’s a bit early for a final verdict, but the product shots haven’t exactly sent a shiver down my spine. It’s thin – very thin – at 11.6mm and it’s got a 3.5-inch screen.

As for UK distribution – no news yet. There’s nothing on Apple’s UK website. The deal announced was with Cingular in the US. No mention yet of any UK networks. Might Apple choose to sell the phone only through its website and retaillers? It could potentially bypass the networks if it wanted to. I am sure there’s be plenty of demand for a SIM free model if they can keep the price under £300.

So what do you reckon? First impressions? *Slightly* disappointed that they didn’t come up with a more exciting name (everyone nicknamed it that, which makes it seem a bit old already) and it’s not entirely clear what Cisco is going to say about the whole thing.

Further specs: touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth, WiFi and, most exciting of all, OS X. The touchscreen disables automatically when it comes close to your face, which is the kind of whizzy technology that always impresses me.

Ashley Norris