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Apple iPhone 4S is finally announced!
Apple iPhone 4S is finally announced!
And just like that, Apple has announced the latest and greatest iteration of its signature device - ladies and gentlemen, prepare to meet the long, looong-anticipated Apple iPhone 4S!

For those of us who have hoped for a redesign, well... obviously we're out of luck on this one. The design remains exactly the same as we know it from the beautiful iPhone 4 - glass and steel, 3.5" of IPS-LCD touchscreen goodness. But, Apple's Phil Shiller didn't miss to note that on the inside, the iPhone 4S is brand new. For example, one of the more notable new features will be the same chip that we know form the iPad 2 - the dual core A5. What it will bring to table, of course, is faster overall performance in a number of aspects of the system.

Next up, we have an updated radio and antenna system. You might be surprised to learn that the iPhone 4S will actually be a world phone, supporting both CDMA and GSM connectivity - yey! But we guess that means no 4G... Anyways, the upgrade of the radio has now brought faster data - 14.4 Mbit/s on the downlink, and 5.76 Mbit/s on the uplink, which is comparable to many 4G-branded HSPA+ smartphones nowadays.

The iPhone 4S will feature an 8MP camera and 1080p video recording
The iPhone 4S will feature an 8MP camera and 1080p video recording

The iPhone 4S will feature an 8MP camera and 1080p video recording

Naturally, as we all expected, the camera of the Apple iPhone 4S will pack a total of 8 megapixels, instead of 5 as in the iPhone 4. However, they say that the new sensor will be able to collect the significant 73% more light, over the previous generation, so who knows, low-light performance of the most popular camera on Flickr might be really improved! But that's not the only point of enhancement that has been announced for the new 8MP camera of the Apple iPhone 4S. According to Apple, the time it takes you to capture the first shot is now just 1.1 second, and from then on, shot-to-shot times are just 0.5 sec. Impressive indeed.

But there's more in store for camera aficionados. How about something related to video? You guessed it - 1080p video recording will be available on the iPhone 4S. They didn't specify at what framerates this will be recorded, but we're hoping for 30.

The all-new voice command feature
The all-new voice command feature

The all-new voice command feature "Siri"

But now, let's head to the more intriguing new stuff. Voice integration! The new voice command service will be called... Siri. (How ingenius!) Apparently, the new voice control service utilized in the iPhone 4S will be quite smart, and will be able to follow context. So how do you use it? You just have to hold down the home button, and then your personal assistant in the form of "Siri" will be listening to your questions. Interestingly, you'll be able to use Siri for many different kinds of stuff. For example, you can just ask "What's the weather like today?", or "Do I need to get my raincoat today?", and it will answer you in context, also bringing up a screen showing the current temperature and forecast. Or, you might say "Wake me up in 6AM tomorrow.", and guess what, Siri will automatically set your alarm for 6AM tomorrow! Isn't that awesome? We can't wait to see the extent of this, and how it will be adopted by users.

Thankfully, battery life will remain pretty decent, even with this new A5 processor, with Apple promising talk-time of up to 8 hours in 3G, 6 hours of 3G browsing, or 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.

Apple iPhone 4S is finally announced!
So when is all that going to become a reality in the stores? Here it goes: the Apple iPhone 4S release date is October 14, with pre-orders starting on October 7. The iPhone 4S price will be the same as usual - $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, but for the first time, there'll also be a 64GB version, available for $399. Additionally, iPhone 4 8GB for $99 will remain on sale, and so will the iPhone 3GS 8GB... for free! So, there goes your budget-friendly iPhone.

But on which carriers will the iPhone 4S launch? Ready for a third carrier to enter the iPhone party? That's right - AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will all be offering the Apple iPhone 4S (sorry, T-Mobile folks). So that actually marks the first time Sprint will have the iPhone in its line-up. Well, congrats to Sprint, and all of us for witnessing the next big thing from Apple's camp. You guys stay tuned for our iPhone 4S review, hopefully coming soon enough!

images courtesy of TheVerge


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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:00 25

1. jeremyrparnell77 (unregistered)


Seriously, a year and a half later and this is all Apple has given us for a next generation phone?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:03 16

4. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Apple fans will still line up for blocks to buy it. It doesn't matter how much or little has changed. Apple puts it out, Apples says it's great, and people will fall for it.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:21 3

105. XTREEMMAK (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


Fail Blog Entry: Iphone Line :D
GENIUS!!!!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:14

145. Sam (unregistered)


what about its ram
512 mb or 1gb

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:33 4

154. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


I know. All of this for this crap and people still make a big deal about it like if it was the only phone in the world. Its not Jesus Christ, its not the cure for cancer, its not a phone that can teleport you, its basically the same thing but with new camera, processor, and voice recognition.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:40

156. AppleFUD (unregistered)


most likely 512 since they are using the same A5 SoC as the iPad.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:12 3

167. Laron (unregistered)


I'm not an all Apple consumer, but I'm going to have a disagree with you on that one. This latest move by Apple has the fans pissed; they have every right to be. Apple could have atleast kept the same design, but increased the screen to about 4". This is a smack in the face, the Iphone 4S should have been released 6 months after the Iphone 4, but I'm not a CEO so my thoughts are irrelavent lol

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:16 11

15. ilia1986 (unregistered)


What did I tell you?! Huh?! iPhone 5? LOLZ. I told you this from the beginning!!

Screw Apple!! And to wait another week for iOS 5? After waiting so long? Ridiculous!!!

Screw Crapple!!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:26 4

25. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


behind all the apple pr brainwashing statements in the expo of 'oh you love this' 'this is the best ever' is the bold truth that all thats different with this phone is an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a faster processor.

Islaves of course will revel in these world changing features and will continue to annoy anyone not an islave by trying over and over again to talk to siri

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:29 3

32. gdbw (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Dec 2009)


yeah right, seriously??!! I agree jeremy, a year and a half later and all apple tries to appease the ignorant masses with is a few new apps and 3 more mega pixels of camera. This is just sad, completely sad. Looks like after all the innovation apple has had they are now the ones playing catch up in the mobile world.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:49 7

47. Make calls (unregistered)


Butt,, with a re-designed antenna, you may actually be actually make phone calls now, isnt that awesome?!

Now that is revolutionary!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:42 1

159. AppleFUD (unregistered)


yeah, I got a chuckle out of that part. Trying to say how they revolutionized the antenna with the iphone 4. . . yeah, you did what no other manufacturer was stupid enough to do != revolution or innovation.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:57 9

57. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


Yes, I'd like to welcome all iPhone users to Android 1.6!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:30 3

151. Ikechukwu (Posts: 133; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


so true

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:07 1

76. gdbw (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Dec 2009)


between 1pm and 3pm on 10/4/11, apples stock has fallen by more than $12. Same toy as it was over a year and a half ago just with a better camera. Awful, just awful. Now I understand why apple has to sue to stay ahead of the game.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:14 1

96. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


About a week ago, I posted to one of the articles that if all Apple did was release a 'warmed-over' iPhone 4, their stock would take a hit. An iPhone 4 with iPad 2 internals barely qualifies as warmed-over.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:01 13

2. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


lol... and apple is innovative..how? lol yep, you rock your i4S, i rock my SGSII. later.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:14 2

146. GS2convert (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


Seriously, this phone is lame and a year behind the times. I must admit, I had an iPhone for 4 years (2g, 3g, and 4) and I was one to wait in line on the first day to get one. Last year I waited a month hoping for a white one and was disappointed and settled for black. I was swayed earlier this year towards Android and tried out a Thunderbolt but was underwhelmed by the battery life and went back to my iPhone. Long story short, I was sold on the GS2 on Sprint. After trying it for 1 day I will never go back to a crapple phone. People are just sold on Apple's showmanship of old technology (although I am a mac user for life!). The GS2 is amazing!!! No wonder Apple was trying to get an injunction against it, especially after seeing the "new" phone they are trying to pull off!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:03 2

3. 87168 (unregistered)


hahaha iPhone 5??? Yea ok!

So basically the same phone, with the exception of the A5 chip. Hmmmm dual core. Is that really all you have this time around Apple?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:04 14

5. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Hey guys, give Apple a break. Even though they're not the first to put a dual core proc in their phones, they're the first to put one in an iPhone! Now that's innovative! :D

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:27 7

27. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


I like that I that was funny

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:09 1

80. gain1998 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Um, yeah... Apple is the only one who can put a dual-core processor in an iPhone, since they sort of have exclusive rights to the iPhone... were you joking around? I hope you were, because I sincerely found that funny.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:22 1

109. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


That was my point. Totally was messing around. :)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:06

6. Miles R. (unregistered)


Well It Looks Like I Might Just Get The iPhone 4 or Even If The 4S Is Quite Cheap on eBay~ Lets See How It Goes. I Want To Know If There Will Be A Difference To Tell Them Apart~

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:23

110. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Yep. The 4S has an S on it.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:26

179. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


maybe that's why this supposed Prototype has been so hard to find, it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:07 2

7. hunted (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Get out!! i dont need you.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:07 1

8. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


They better announce the iphone 5, or bunch of my customers are going to piss their pants.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:08 2

9. varunr (unregistered)


i think the new iphone will look like the samsung note....lol tats a another law suite!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:09 12

10. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


hahaha 3.5 screen, no LTE, no hdmi output, no hotspot, no 8mp camera....wow great upgrade Apple

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:13 2

13. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


woops....called that one out to soon haha. ok they have a 8mp camera :P

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:12 1

84. stealthd (Posts: 913; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Uh, they have hotspot and HDMI (via adapter, just like the SGSII).

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:10 8

11. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


As a salesperson, how do you even convince someone to replace their old iPhone 4 with this "new" iPhone 4?

Its already smooth and fast so besides adding hair follicles to the monsters on Infinity Blade, what will be the selling point?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:21 3

19. XxVerbaixX (unregistered)


on what planet do u live that u actually need a "sell" and iphone to the isheep? sell android, clerk out crapple.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:28 2

30. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


then tell its cool they will fall for it easily the poor saps,that cash sale is yours!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:14

91. stealthd (Posts: 913; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Why would you be trying to convince someone who can't upgrade to buy a new phone?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:26

111. XTREEMMAK (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


What's the selling point? The Galaxy SII. Just say it's the big brother to the iPhone since Apple obviously loves the phone so much :)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:11

12. Michael V. (unregistered)


It has a 8mp camera...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:16 2

14. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


omg so exciting!!!

not.
I love how the editor put an exclamation mark after almost every sentence, PhoneArena must be superstoked.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:19 4

16. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Competitive, not innovative. Unless they pull a "one more thing," looks like we're not seeing anything incredible today.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:28 3

29. ilia1986 (unregistered)


They just did. Called Siri. Read the liveblog.

Oh and I bet it's only on the iPhone 4S of course. Useful for businessmen and know-it-alls. Otherwise completely embarrassing to talk to your phone.

Oh - probably no Hebrew support anyway. Meh.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:32 1

35. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It also requires a data connection. There go your two gigs a month, bye bye!

Also, it's a beta release, lol. What was that about Apple not releasing features half baked? They've had a year and a half to work on this!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:44 3

43. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yeah I almost fell of my chair. Apple releasing a BETA? taco must have committed suicide by now lol.

Oh and of course some guy will get siri to work on the iPhone 4. And maybe the 3GS. It's just an enhanced version of Voice Control ffs! Can't take that many resources!

Oh - I forgot btw. 3.5" screen until mid 2012. That's just.. pathetic. Especially when the Galaxy Note will come around and swallow this iPhone 4S for launch, breakfast and dinner.

But seriously. Anyone going to just say to their phone "What's the weather tomorrow?" in public?! How nerdy\wierdy must you be? Maybe Apple is just trying to hook all the iSheep with a virtual girlfriend so they don't feel so alone lol.

I mean - I barely manage to mutter "What time it is?" during song playback once in a week without people looking at me strangely..

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:53 3

49. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


LOL. I don't know. The voice controls are cool, brings us a bit closer to Star Trek, but its only advantage comes when you absolutely can't afford to look at your screen to do something. And it certainly isn't innovative enough to make the GIGANTIC DEAL that they've made out of it.

I am happy that my Atrix is still basically up to the iPhone's par specs wise, unless you count the camera. :) And how much did my Atrix cost? That's right, 99 bucks. 99 bucks with 16 gigs onboard memory, and sticking the memory card from my Droid X into it made it just as valuable as a 32 gig iPhone 4S... at a third of the price.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 13:59 1

60. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well it's sure as hell is useful for businessmen and people who are always very busy. The price they pay? Same as wearing a plug AKA bluetooth headset in your ear. Probably worse. Talk to the hand. Oh, I'm sorry. The phone.

Besides - by the time Siri hit's Hebrew support - we are certain to see a similar comprehensive service on Android. Oh and available for a lot more than just one device as well.

Maybe if Siri had Cortana's voice from Halo.. ;-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:02 1

63. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Ha, yes, and with Cortana's attitude to match. I could live with that.

I just can't wait for the Google/Samsung announcement next week. Ice Cream Sandwich pl0x?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:04

65. ilia1986 (unregistered)


:-(

I am still suck with Apple!! :-(

But I'm excited for ICS as well. :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:06 1

71. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


you know what would be f**king incredible? If my Atrix is eligible for ICS. I would love Google forever.

Btw, I love how the vast majority of the keynote was filler, recapping all the s**t they threw out at WWDC.

And who is up for a charity drive to get ilia the Android phone of his dreams? Poor man's stuck on an iPhone still!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:13

89. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Why not man? It's got a Tegra 2. Sure as hell it's eligible for ICS. Be it officially or via a custom rom.

And yeah I noticed that as well. It's like if they repeat it 1000 times - something will change.

And thanks, Sniggly. Maybe I should open a PA Facebook page. In any case, donations are welcomed. ;-)

I would like to order one Large-sized Galaxy Note, please, with Ice Cream on top, in a Sandwitch.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:21 1

108. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


LOL. We'll get right on that for you, ilia. :) Move to the United States in a couple of months and I'll sell one to you myself.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:31 1

116. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Hell I'd love to, man. Gotta move my gf, my family and my future career there too, though.

And if you watched Machete (watch it - it's freaking awesome) - they don't treat trespassers in a too friendly manner. ;-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:42 2

126. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh come on, DO IT! Come to St. Louis, this is a pretty friendly city. And relatively inexpensive too. we can start an Android fan club and braid each others' hair! :D

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:54 2

131. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Hehe - well I'll keep that possibility in mind, my friend. :)

In the mean time - spread the Green Love! Apple cannot get away from this - this time. To announce just an iPhone 4S - after a much longer time of waiting than the usual year - and without a one more thing, without SJ himself, with a new CEO is a bad start for them, I say.

In AD 2011 war was beginning
Samsung: What happen?
Lawyer: Somebody set up us the lawsuit.
Operator: We get signal.
Samsung: What !
Operator: Main screen turn on.
Samsung: It's you !!
APPLE: How are you gentlemen !!
APPLE: All your patents are belong to us.
APPLE: You are on the way to injunction.
Samsung: What you say !!
APPLE: You have no chance to survive make your time.
APPLE: Ha ha ha ha ...
Operator: Samsung !!
Samsung: Take off every 'WIDGET'!!
Samsung: You know what you doing.
Samsung: Move 'WIDGET'.
Samsung: For great justice.


:D

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:56 1

133. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, you're crazy man.

The real test will be when the phone comes out. I won't get to see the launch day frenzy as an employee as I'll still be in training. But I may try to get a visit in as a customer.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 14:58 1

135. ilia1986 (unregistered)


When you talk unto Siri - Siri talks unto you. :)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:37

183. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


dude..if you don't get ICS on your Atrix i'll grab a pitch fork with you. that'd be so messed up.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:35

182. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


omg you said pl0x...my friend is driving me crazy saying that all the time now. he said that's what they say on Runescape and he thought it was funny because it makes no sense at all. xD

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:07 1

140. Carlos (unregistered)


Lol the Atrix will eat this phone 4s (and the way things look, same goes for the iphone5) like dinner. The galaxy note will squash it like a bug and declare it not eatable.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:33

181. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


...you mean that thing that's been around since Android 2.0 that no one uses? i love how Apple thinks that voice commands are a big deal because we Android fans make a big deal out of it but we only use it to get iFans riled up. xD

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:30

180. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it doesn't even completely succeed at that.

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