It will be an iPhone 4S after all

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.

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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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  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    "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."<br><br>Like there were no choices for a world phone before now. Are you fanboys for real? Are you journalists or PR for Apple. Seriously, if you needed a phone that would work around the world then until today Apple would not make your list.
    alangblake
    • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

      @alangblake Well, this is an Apple event. The fact that the new Apple phone will be a world phone is certainly a good thing for Apple. I dont know how reporting that a feature Apple introduced will in some way benefit the company qualifies one as a fanboy.
      nickswift498
      • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

        @nickswift498 <i>Well, this is an Apple event.</i><br><br>I guess I'm left feeling that the announcements made were certainly not worthy of an "event".
        Badgered
      • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

        @nickswift498

        Accepted. But for a journalist (not an Apple marketing employee) to imply that the only way to have a world phone was by multiple handsets is just ridiculous. A fairer way of describing this feature would be to admit that it plays catch up with other devices. To compare it only to an iPhone 4 is what a marketing department would do, as in New Improved Tide (meaning that it's new and improved compared to old Tide).
        alangblake
    • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

      @alangblake

      I agree and wouldn't have put it quite so harshly but hey maybe Gloria is a diehard Apple fan - its not like zdnet is actually a bunch of journalists. If you were expecting a different sort of article then maybe you should go to ... oh wait there are no real reporting websites left. :/
      wendellgee2
    • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

      @alangblake Yes, so that is a improvement. That it is the most significant improvement is actually a very backhanded comment on the fact that the iphone lags behind in some areas, and that the 4s is not much of an improvement at all.

      Try reading, it'll do you wonders for when you have do important things later.
      awkward hug
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    Very disappointed here... how can they sell this device if we're all in 2 year contracts from iPhone 4??? I don't mind paying extra to upgrade but this is nothing to be excited about... hopefully they announce a new one in April
    Hasam1991
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    sell your IPHONES Everybody, now you have an S . this is just a big Hype...............................
    hoss805
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

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    Qbt
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    iMeh
    brichter
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    Ooh, poor Apple babies... the mother ship has disappointed and only released an S. Could it be that they have nothing really new to bring to the table? Probably as everything the 4S does almost every other Android and or Windows Phone 7 can already do.

    They should have also named it 4.5 or 4.9 or something to that effect. Just add "hit" to the name and pronounce it...!
    ajcanal
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    Oh, and I forgot to add. Cnet is so biased in favor of Apple its amazing. Had this type of announcement been made by any other manufacturer, the headlines would have ripped them to shreds.
    ajcanal
  • World Phone?

    Come on. With the roaming data charges the iPhone becomes nothing but a phone when you use it outside of the US. My old Motorola Razr does as well and it is unlocked so I can add a local sim. Until they solve this data roaming cost issue the iPhone offers noting new outside of you home couintry.
    gtaylor@...
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    This really sucks. We expected more from Apple and actually got a simple refurb. Most wanted a larger screen but we still have a NANO-SIZED screen. Not impressed at all by this event, which could have been stated in a simple press release. We lovers of Apple are in total shock. No wonder Steve stepped down.
    dvoros
  • &quot;World Phone...&quot;

    I must have missed it... Does this mean the AT&T GSM iPhone 4GS will accept SIM cards from, say Vodaphone, and therefore work in Ireland or the UK?
    Jim from Indy
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    That's it! This what all the hype was about? This has to be the biggest let down I have ever seen. I was sure that it going to be able to shot lasers beams and have some kind of anti gravity beam. You want me to give up my SGII for this yea right.
    meycss
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    They are many iphone cases at youbuye, http://www.youbuye.com/apple-accessories/iphone-accessories/iphone-cases/cases-for-iphone-4.html
    youbuye
  • RE: It will be an iPhone 4S after all

    well no bigger screen no (gps chip to use in other countries lol) funny apps that locate (CLOSE FRIENDS?????) guess apple missed all the customer had in their wish list but the battery and camera ios5 is still to be tested am sticking with the ipone4 after all the jailbreacking and getting the apps that i want working like i want not apple want
    wasfi1
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