Apple's iPhone is expected to hit stores in Asia next year, but the response to the company's latest gadget has had a mixed response. The so-called iPhone - which has touchscreen, a mobile phone, digital camera and iPod in one - was unveiled by Apple Computer's chief executive Steve Jobs in San Francisco on Tuesday. The new device comes in a four gigabyte version priced at US$499 and an eight gigabyte version priced at US$599. Locally customers indicated some interest, while retailers believed the pricing would be one of the determining factors of its popularity. Andrew Flores, 30, has owned three mobile phones in the past five years. He said the phone's functions and the way it looks would be his main considerations. 'The three-in-one functions seem attractive but I may not buy it if the price is more than HK$4,000. I may wait until prices have dropped after it hits the market.' Although he felt a year was not too long a wait, Mr Flores said: 'If I need to change my current phone then, I may buy it. But I will not hold out specially for it.' Another mobile phone fanatic Teddy Cheng, 36, said he was interested because he did not have to carry two items. 'But I will look at how much it will cost. If it is around HK$4,000, I think I will buy,' he said. Lau Ching-yan, manager of Leading AV Centre in Tsuen Wan, said the gadget's popularity would depend on a combination of price, appearance and whether the software was easy to use. 'If synchronisation with the computer requires an extra step which is time consuming or tricky, the response may not be that good,' he said. 'Some phones with too many features tend to hang a lot. If that happens, that will also put people off buying it.' Mr Lau said most of his customers would spend about HK$3,000 on a mobile phone and customers' prime considerations would be a phone's look and functions. He thought the proposed retail price was reasonable. 'A lot of changes can take place in a year. There are already phones with similar functions, but this one boasts the four and eight gigabyte hardware whereas other phones only operate on cards.' Tsui Chi-lung, a mobile phone salesman at TN Mobile in Mong Kok Commercial Podium, said the new combination of iPod and mobile phone would no doubt attract young buyers.