Apple only launched one new iPhone at its Cupertino HQ today – the iPhone 4S. As the name suggests, the new model is a ‘S’peedier and ‘S’ouped-up variant of the existing iPhone 4 handset, just as the iPhone 3GS was the 3G model with knobs on.
On the outside, nothing has changed. The iPhone 4S looks and smells like an iPhone 4, has a 3.5-inch Retina display, that metal band around the edge, a single home button and is available in black or white.
But on the inside, there are some dramatic improvements…
Most notably, the 4S uses the dual-core Apple A5 processor from the iPad 2, making it up to 2x faster than the iPhone 4 with 7x faster graphical grunt. It does this without compromising battery life either. If we believe Apple, it even increases it to 8 hours.
Dual-core iPhone 4S
The A5 is vital for one of the more interesting features in the iPhone 4S – the Siri voice assistant. More than just voice-activated control, you can quiz your iPhone for information or dictate emails and text messages. Siri understands, translates and actions what you tell it.
Elsewhere, the iPhone 4S also features twin antennas for dual-mode connectivity, better call quality (Apple is putting antenna gate firmly behind it) plus a boost in 3G data speeds to 14.4Mbps.
New 8MP camera
As expected, the improved 4S also dumps the old 5MP camera in favour of a more powerful 8MP sensor. Apple says that it wants to compete with the quality (and speed) of point-and-shoot cameras. It’s not just delivering more megapixels either. A new CMOS sensor reportedly lets in more light and is 1/3rd faster than the old iPhone 4.
The new camera also boasts a high-end IR filter and can now shoot full 1080p video with real-time video stabilization. Nice.
Apple iOS 5 but no iPhone 5
So despite the announcement of iOS 5 there’s no iPhone 5 to go with it. At least not yet. Instead, the iPhone 4S makes the iPhone 4 look like the $99 budget buy that it’s now destined to become from October 14th.
The iPhone 4S launches worldwide on October 14th – 16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399. It’s a powerful and integrated experience that puts Apple back amongst the dual-core smartphone big boys.
And yes, it does make the iPhone 4 look a bit s**t doesn’t it?
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