iPhone 5 will have to wait for iPhone 4s
iPhone 5 will have to wait for iPhone 4s
The rumor mill has finally been put to rest as Tim Cook and Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4s at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA so the iPhone 5 will have to wait for the iPhone 4s. That’s right, no iPhone 5 for now. Some of you may be a bit disappointed at the iPhone 4s new look, which is not new at all, Apple simply reused the body for the iPhone 4 and gutted it with new hardware. Typically Apple falls behind in the hardware race, whether it is due to over-committing to hardware purchases from Foxconn or possibly for the sake of stability issues, either way, we feel this is what the iPhone 4 should have been. At least you won’t have to buy new accessories for your new iPhone 4s.
The iPhone 4s weighs in at 4.9 ounces exactly 1 ounce or 3 grams heavier than the iPhone 4, otherwise the body is identical, attenuation issues and all. However on the inside a dual core processor, know as the A5, coupled with a new dual core GPU or graphics processor for enhanced handling of 3d and graphics. Sound more like a home pc? The iPhone has been more of a computer in the palm of your hand than it is a phone, so we like the idea of splitting up the duties for processing and graphic processing.
A noteworthy feature is Siri. Siri is a native iPhone application that has been added to the OS. It allows voice recognition, text to speech and more. What Siri does is allows you to ask your phone a question and have it give you the appropriate answer or even schedule your tasks, make a call, it even talks back to you and helps assist you in your daily tasks. You can even now use text to speed to dictate your email instead of typing it on the virtual keyboard we all love using so much.
The new iPhone 4s also supports an 8 megapixel camera but what’s more interesting is that there is a large aperture and sensor for even better photos and records HD video at 1080p. Looks like we will have to wait for the iPhone 5 for a 4.5 inch LED screen, for now the 3.5 LED retina display is it for the iPhone. AirPlay and AirPrint allow you to mirror your iPhone display via Apple TV and print natively and wireless without the need of a 3rd party app.
The iPhone 4s is a world phone, CDMA and GSM dual-band so Verizon and Sprint users can feel warm and fuzzy with the addition of the iPhone 4s too. On a GSM network like AT&T the iPhone 4s will support a HSPA+ 14.4 speed, but no support yet for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The iPhone 4s will ship with iOS 5 pre-installed.
The iPhone 4s is set to sail for pre-order on October 7th or you can go wake up early or sleep out the night before at your local Apple store for a fun day of conversation and comradery amongst the other iPhone fans.
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Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud
iPhone 4S Features Dual-Core A5 Chip, All New Camera, Full 1080p HD Video Recording & Introduces Siri
CUPERTINO, California-October 4, 2011-Apple® today announced iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
“iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.”
iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features including Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption and iMessage™, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users. iOS 5 will also be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS customers allowing them to experience these amazing new features.*
iPhone 4S also introduces Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. Siri understands context allowing you to speak naturally when you ask it questions, for example, if you ask “Will I need an umbrella this weekend?” it understands you are looking for a weather forecast. Siri is also smart about using the personal information you allow it to access, for example, if you tell Siri “Remind me to call Mom when I get home” it can find “Mom” in your address book, or ask Siri “What’s the traffic like around here?” and it can figure out where “here” is based on your current location. Siri helps you make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, make notes, search the Internet, find local businesses, get directions and more. You can also get answers, find facts and even perform complex calculations just by asking.
iCloud is a breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.
iPhone 4S includes an all new camera with the most advanced optics of any phone. The 8 megapixel sensor has 60 percent more pixels so you can take amazing high quality photos with more detail than ever. iPhone 4S includes a new custom lens, a larger f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid IR filter that produce sharper, brighter and more accurate images. The Apple-designed image signal processor in the A5 dual-core chip is built for performance, and coupled with the features built into iOS 5, makes the camera one of the fastest on any phone. With iPhone 4S, the Camera app launches much faster and the shot to shot capability is twice as fast, so you’ll never miss another shot.
New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can also use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject; and the new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go. New iOS 5 features include built-in Twitter integration and iMessage, so you can instantly share your photos via Twitter directly from the Photos app and send photos via iMessage to individuals or groups. And with iCloud’s innovative new Photo Stream service, a photo you take on your iPhone is sent to iCloud and automatically pushed to your iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. You can even view your Photo Stream album on your Apple TV®.
iPhone 4S can also now record video in full 1080p HD resolution and with the new video image stabilization feature, you can take richer, smoother videos. Other iPhone 4S video camera improvements include increased sensitivity, sharpness and an increased ability to capture video in low light conditions. With the new iMessage service in iOS 5, you can now instantly share videos with family and friends.
iPhone 4S has the same beautifully thin glass and stainless steel design that millions of customers around the world love, while being completely redesigned on the inside. Apple’s dual-core A5 chip delivers up to twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than iPhone 4, all while maintaining incredible battery life-now up to 8 hours of 3G talk time.
Improving on the innovative stainless steel external, dual-antenna design of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive. iPhone 4S now supports twice the download speed with HSDPA of up to 14.4 Mbps and iPhone 4S is a world phone, so both CDMA and GSM customers can now roam internationally on GSM networks.**
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.*** iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, October 14 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4S beginning Friday, October 7. iPhone 4 will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS will be available for free with a two year contract. Siri will be available in beta on iPhone 4S in English (localized for US, UK and Australia), French and German. iOS 5 software will be available on October 12 as a free software update via iTunes 10.5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers.
iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
*Some features may not be available on all products.
**Carrier roaming policies apply. HSDPA availability and network speeds are dependent on carrier networks.
***Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.
Let’s take a look at the iPhone 4s specs below:
|Price:||$199/16GB, $299/32GB, $399/64GB|
|Dimensions and Weight:||Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm), Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm), Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm), Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)|
|Cellular and wireless:||World phone, UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)4, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only), Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology|
|Location Services:||Assisted GPS, Digital compass, Wi-Fi, Cellular|
3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display,
960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi,
800:1 contrast ratio (typical),
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical),
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back,
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
|Camera, Photos, and Video:||8-megapixel camera,
Tap to focus,
Face detection in still images,
Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio,
Front camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second,
Photo and video geotagging,
|Power and Battery:||Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery,
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter,
Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM),
Standby time: Up to 200 hours,
Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi,
Video playback: Up to 10 hours,
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Ambient light sensor
|Audio Playback:||Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz,
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV,
User-configurable maximum volume limit
|TV and Video||AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p, Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately), Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately), Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format|
|What’s in the box:||iPhone 4S,
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic,
Dock Connector to USB Cable,
USB Power Adapter and