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iPhone Guided Tour part 2: Word, Excel files viewable and more

Continuing our previous update from the iPhone Guided Tour, Apple has used the 24-minute long video to unveil a collection of new and unexpected iPhone features, including support for viewing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel documents that have been sent via e-mail.

imageInternet and E-mail: Google search is the default for the integrated Safari browser, but Yahoo can be used instead. Accessing search is available by touching the URL. The built-in e-mail application can read not only JPEGs and PDF files, but also Word and Excel documents. Business users have frequently cited ambiguity over iPhone’s support for Word or Excel documents as a potentially fatal omission, so their inclusion removes just one more potential barrier to the phone’s popularity. Apple claims that in “about a week,” you’ll be thumb-typing faster on iPhone than any other small keyboard. Through a settings menu, mail can be checked manually, or automatically every 15, 30, or 60 minutes. You can also choose between 0 and 5 lines to show in the mail window preview, and change between five font sizes for easier reading.

Stocks: The stock application allows you to view historical stock performance for a company on a scale of 1 day to 2 years, with 1 week, 1 month, 3 month, 6 months, or 1 year options in-between. It also lets you know whether the markets are open or closed. You can add additional stocks to the list, and scroll through them if they don’t all fit on your screen with the performance graph in place.

imageMaps: Zooming in or out can be accomplished with one or two simultaneous finger presses, in addition to pinching and expanding gestures. Though GPS is not—as some assumed—built into iPhone, a list of commonly used locations (such as Home) can be saved as starting and ending points. Maps can be overlaid with current traffic conditions using the bottom-of-screen car icon, which calls up Google’s traffic information to provide red and green map overlays.

imageSettings: Airplane Mode can be activated to deactivate the unit’s Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth radios during a flight. An Airplane icon appears on the unit’s top left corner, and all of the wireless icons disappear. You can choose from 25 built-in ringtones, including Alarm, Ascending, Bark, Bell Tower, Blues, Boing, Crickets, Digital, Doorbell, Duck, Harp, Marimba, Motorcycle, Old Car Horn, Old Phone, Piano Riff, Pinball, Robot, Sci-Fi, Sonar, Strum, Timba, Time Passing, Trill, and Xylophone. Marimba is the chime currently most associated with the iPhone; there does not appear to be any way to use your iTunes music as a ringtone.

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21

iPhone will sync with Outlook…
http://www.apple.com/iphone/easysetup/getready.html

Posted by OneMoreAnimal on June 24, 2007 at 10:27 AM (PDT)

22

It is a nice move from apple, to unveil this things after its launching to the market. Don´t forget that this service isn´t FREE, and think twice before using them, because phone companies will take advantage from this. I love the map tool, I find it pretty useful.

Posted by jose on June 24, 2007 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

23

Jim,

Just because your IT department or ISP doesn’t support open standards, doesn’t mean the iPhone can’t do push email.

The iPhone will provide support for push email via IMAP IDLE [AKA Lemonade] as will Mail.app in Leopard client. It’s available in Leopard server and the open source IMAP server, Cyrus. there are other commercial third party servers that support is as well.

Posted by Scott on June 24, 2007 at 11:52 AM (PDT)

24

Alleeum, iphone is not aimed for business users. That’s not the target market. Even though this phone can support some or most of the features required of business users, they’re not the target audience.

Posted by nosauten on June 24, 2007 at 7:07 PM (PDT)

25

There seems to be WAY too many self-subscribed phone experts in these posts. Personal needs do not dictate market trends.

With so much “ink” about the iPhone in comparison to other phones, any prediction of the iPhone’s failure is a colossal misjudgment of the obvious demand.

Posted by D9 on June 24, 2007 at 9:44 PM (PDT)

26

“I don’t see iPhone taking any paticularly large role in the PDA/Smartphone world, and certainly not the 10% Mr Jobs had predicted. It is a rather nice device, but the price needs to be discounted at the time of sale, correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen anything about it playing well with Exchange Server (which is a rather large point for consideration for many people in the business world), and though it may be trivial…I kinda like my Treo’s stylus lol
Posted by jack on June 24, 2007 at 7:25 AM (PDT)”


NO!!! If you actually LISTENED to Jobs hes said 1 PERCENT not 10 or 100 or 1000 lol

Posted by joe on June 24, 2007 at 11:23 PM (PDT)

27

With all the talk about the iPhone’s capabilities, some of the more mundane things are being forgotten. For instance, how does it work as a phone? Is the sound loud and clear? How’s the speakerphone clarity? And how’s signal reception? How it receives email or viewing videos is meaningless if, as a phone, it s*cks.

Posted by DaleReeck on June 25, 2007 at 5:39 AM (PDT)

28

Excel files appear on my iphone as graphs only, help

Posted by Gavin Denning on August 25, 2008 at 1:31 AM (PDT)

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