Cupertino (CA) - The iPhone has been given a solid release date of June 29, according to a commercial that made its global debut last night.
The iPhone, which replaces a traditional keypad with a full touch screen interface, will be available in $499 and $599 configurations. Its flagship service provider partner will be the company formerly known as Cingular, which parent company AT&T is currently trying to re-brand.
Last month, several media outlets reported on a rumored release date of June 20. It's a fairly quick move for Apple, which unveiled the phone earlier this year at January's Macworld conference. It will be the first new product for the Cupertino-based electronics company since the Apple TV, which went on sale in May to critical reviews and slow sales.
Apple faced a legal challenge with the iPhone as well, due to a same-name trademark owned by Cisco. After a prolonged out-of-court dispute, the two finally reached an agreement wherein Apple promised to add some degree of interoperability between the two products.