Mobile phones may never be the same again. Electronics giant Apple has unveiled a device it believes will revolutionise the industry. Replacing conventional buttons with a touch-screen, the ultra-slim gadget called the iPhone combines a mobile phone with the Internet, e-mail, music, pictures and video. Available in the United States from June, it will be launched later this year in Europe.
Introducing the phone in San Francisco, Apple boss Steve Jobs demonstrated how users will be able to download and play music and videos. He predicts the iPhone will boost the company’s fortunes with the same impact as two former blockbusters – the Mac computer and the iPod digital music player. Apple shares closed around 8 percent up after the iPhone was unveiled.