It will be an iPhone 4S after all

Summary:The iPhone 4S looks just like the current-gen iPhone 4 but gets a boost in processor power, graphics and camera, coming to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint October 14.

You can almost hear the collective groan from Apple fans everywhere when Apple CEO Tim Cook made the iPhone 4S official on stage at its "Let's Talk iPhone" event today.

As rumored, the iPhone 4S will run iOS5, feature a Retina display, has glass on the back, is powered by a dual-core A5 processor that is "up to 2x faster than before, with dual-core graphics, which are said to be seven times faster than previous iPhone." But it looks just like the iPhone 4, which is not what consumers were hoping for.

In my opinion, the most significant improvement over the current gen iPhone 4 is the the 4S will be a world phone so you can travel the world with just one handset, finally.

Photo enthusiasts will have an added reason to upgrade to the iPhone 4S: it offers an 8-megapixel camera (3264 x 2448) that Apple claims its larger backside illuminated CMOS captures 73-percent more light than the iPhone 4's, and is a third quicker at getting shots away. Like many Android handsets on the market, the iPhone 4S' camera can also record 1080p videos.

The much talked about voice assistant app/feature turns out to be called Siri, which seems to do much more than simply dial numbers on your behalf. It knows to set your alarm clock, look for directions to restaurants, check your calendar for conflicting appointments, read text messages to you, compose messages by dictation -- it's like employing a personal digital secretary or living out your dream of being on the U.S.S. Enterprise. I guess we'll just have to get used to people walking around talking to their iPhone 4Ses rather than just talk to thin air via their Bluetooth headsets?

Pricing for the iPhone 4S is as follows: $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB; pre-orders start this Friday October 7 and will be available from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon on October 14. Sadly, there was no mention of the iPhone 5 at all...

[Source: Engadget live blog]

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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