Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Apple's new gadget puts a squeeze on BlackBerry

Canadians will finally be able to get their hands on an iPhone, just over a year after Apple Inc. launched its advanced smart phone. The popular touch screen phone officially arrives on July 11, even though it's estimated upward of 100,000 have already been brought into the country and unlocked.

Yet while Apple fans may cheer its arrival and the fact the latest generation will not only be more powerful but half the price of the first iPhone, the launch sets the stage for a summer showdown between Apple and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., which is preparing its own 3G device - the BlackBerry Bold - for launch this year.

Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive officer, said yesterday the new 3G iPhone will run on the fastest available wireless networks, allowing users to browse the Internet at speeds comparable to a WiFi connection, and will be half the price of existing models, with Apple dropping the price of the eight-gigabyte version to $199 (U.S.) from $399.

Analysts said that despite its faster Internet speeds and new software designed for businesses - including Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange push e-mail technology - the new iPhone will still have trouble eating into RIM's market share lead for corporate clients.Undergoing MyBlogLog Verification

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