updated 10:25 am EST, Mon January 15, 2007
Pogue extends iPhone FAQ
Pogue reveals that the phone supports zooming in on both text and images, and surmises that the final version will include a security logon feature similar to that which is standard on currently shipping iPods to protect personal data from thieves. Users worried that the large screen could easily scratch asked about the status of the "glass" surface, which is in fact the same polycarbonate screen used in Apple's currently-shipping iPod screens with a substantially improved coating. Additionally, the iPhone's touch surface is only operable via bare skin, not with a gloved hand or a stylus.
The phone comes with stereo earbuds that feature a microphone and a switch on the cord, but works with any iPod-compatible earphones. Pogue notes that Apple also plans to support the 3G standard once it is more widely available. Addressing one comment about the iPhone's hefty requirement for visual attention, Pogue says that "at this early date, I think the phone may be the weakest part of the iPhone." The screen is "very bright" but the 'virtual' keys make the device's keyboard slower to use than a BlackBerry, although users needn't hit one key up to three times to reach a desired letter using the iPhone.