I have to admit, I was beginning to have my doubts about Apple's innovative qualities. The iPod hadn't seen a major revision in many quarters, Intel-based Macs weren't making as much noise as one would have thought, and iTV was lost in a wave of other media PCs. And then they basically released the coolest phone on earth, something that had been rumored for over a year and a half now.
First off, there's no buttons. Yes, it's buttonless. Everything works via the touchscreen, meaning you have a LOT of widescreen real estate to work with. It's also going to play anything you download from iTunes, music or video. Built-in WiFi? Check. Portrait and landscape modes? Check. Bluetooth? Check. Best of all, it's probably going to run any OSX applications you have. This is pretty much the phone that gadget geeks have been waiting so long for.
Do I want one? Yes. Do I want to pay $600 for it? Alas, no, especially since the main features are only going to be tapped if you use Cingular (though T-Mobile will be compatible as well). If anyone is wondering what to buy me for Christmas next year, there's a start.