The eagerly awaited iPhone will be able to play YouTube videos when it ships next week, Apple Inc. announced.
About 10,000 YouTube videos will be available for the iPhone's launch, according to Apple's news release. YouTube, a subsidiary of Google Inc., will be recoding the rest of its videos into the H.264 format used by the iPhone by fall.
The iPhone will be the first cellphone to use H.264, Apple said.
The iPhone marries a cellular phone with the music- and video-playing capabilities of Apple's hit iPod and features a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive screen. Two models, for $499 and $599, will go on sale in the U.S. on June 29.