Let the iMagic begin …

by Shirley Connor, CBC News online

With only 11 more sleeps till the iPhone arrives in the U.S., Apple's Steve Jobs is letting us know why it's a "truly magical product."

There are no spells or rabbits emerging from its nine-centimetre screen - but it’s got a great battery.

Monday's announcement touts the capacity of the phone's power pack – eight hours to talk, six hours to surf, seven hours of video watching or 24 hours of audio.

Apple also revealed that plastic is out and glass is in. Optical-quality glass (as seen in crystal balls?) is supposed to reduce scratches and give a clearer view.

The phone-MP3 player-web browser, which works with PCs and Mac computers, goes on sale in the U.S. June 29, with a $499 US price tag on the 4 GB model and $599 US on the 8 GB version.