In a surprise move today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the release of the iPhone Pro which will be available immediately. The iPhone Pro has an expanded feature set that redefines the product line.
“We were really excited about the original iPhone,” Jobs said. “It was a ground-breaking product.
“But that’s over. Today we’re pleased to introduce the iPhone Pro which offers a clear advantage over the iPhone. You’re going to want to shove those things in the back of the drawer and head down to the Apple Store to pick up one of these bad boys.”
According to Apple sources, the iPhone Pro:
- Features 80 GB of storage space and a full-featured Mail application with spam filtering and the ability to copy/paste between applications.
- Comes with an iPhone SDK and allows users to install third-party applications.
- Is unlocked and can be used with any cellular provider.
- Will be introduced at the 8 GB iPhone’s $600 price point with the price of the 8 GB model being dropped to $300 and the 4 GB model being discontinued.
Reaction in the Apple community was enthusiastic.
“What the hell?!” exclaimed an excited John Gruber of Daring Fireball. “I just bought one of those things on Friday! They can’t do that! Can they do that?
“What the hell?!”
Equally ebullient was Bynkii.com‘s John C. Welch.
“That’s just a bunch of crap! A bunch of fricking crap!” Welch cheered.
“I’ll kill Steve Jobs! I’ll kill him!
“Right after I get my iPhone Pro. I’ve gotta go line up.”