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Apple iPhone 4S vs Apple iPhone 4: spot the differences

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Apple iPhone 4S vs Apple iPhone 4: spot the differences
Well, Apple just pulled an... Apple move, and upgraded its flagship iOS handset exactly where it counts to make it relevant with the high-rollers again, without going overboard on costs. It might happen that, when the first teardown comes out, the bill of materials will be even less for the iPhone 4S then when the iPhone 4 came out, thus increasing the profit margin further, while the handset stays up with the best for quite some time still.

For those of us who are having trouble spotting a difference between their trusted iPhone 4 and the new kid on the block the iPhone 4S with the naked eye, here's a comparison table with just the changes:

Apple iPhone 4S vs Apple iPhone 4: spot the differences


If you want to know more what the main difference - a dual-core A5 chip - brings currently and potentially, have a look at our overview of the multicore advantages. If you are curious about the animal that is Bluetooth 4.0, compared to 2.1, here's a scoop.

So with the iPhone 4S in your hand you can go tit-for-tat with any Android road warrior now. When they mumble LTE, large display or Adobe Flash, well... you'll figure something out, but when they brag about multicore chips, you run Infinity Blade 2. When they say Full HD video, you show them 1080p clips of your cat. When they say HD displays, you quote your pixel density. When they tout NFC, you brag Bluetooth 4.0. When they quote activation numbers, you respond with revenue from Greater China. Who's Smartypants now?

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:11 17

1. Shangri-La (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


PA - please be sure to make another 'iPhail 4S all-in-one-place' post to include this one. Thanks.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:05 5

22. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I agree.. PA should get off 'apple's nuts already

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:51 3

33. Juice (unregistered)


I don't think PA pushes iPhone too much personally. But I've only been carousing PA for the last couple months.

Regardless there really isn't much to wow about with this "new" iPhone. Honestly IMHO the only people who are jumping for joy right now are the accessory case makers. No new molds!

I'll get this or even a regular 4 for my wife since she's needs the iPhone because she can't handle Android. I've tried... But real smartphone connoisseurs are not impressed with this. Now with Android support opening up for more and more applications (Netflix) who wants to waste their time watching a 3.5" screen when you can enjoy movies and multimedia in glorious 4+ inch devices.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:08

45. aar0983 (Posts: 51; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


The Big difference is that the 4S with Siri are gonna be able to answer all the fanboys when the iphone is gonna come out

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:23

49. aar0983 (Posts: 51; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


Iphone 5**

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:13 2

2. notsteve (unregistered)


I wonder if I can transfer photo, music or anything with iphone 4S bluetooth to a computer or another phone

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:43 3

15. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


haha I wish but crapple makes iphones block it and not able to send anything

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:43 1

16. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


LOL.

Comedy.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:07

64. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Trying to think why you need bluetooth for x-ferring to a PC...iCloud will do this automatically. Oh, to your buddy's PC? Just email it? Why use bluetooth for this?

To another phone, use the "Bump" app. Not sure Windows Phone has this app, but it x-fers that and more to iOS/Android.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:13 2

3. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Here is the difference. (S).... thats it....you cant get the 4 for 99 bucks now...but if you want an s...64 gb....300.00 more bucks...wouldnt never need 64gb myself...but they made it.....

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:54

40. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Even with what was enumerated, you still don't see the big difference between the two? Now that's just dumb :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:14 8

4. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I have one question...WHERE IN THE HELL DID ALL THOSE CASE MAKERS GET THE BLUEPRINTS FOR THOSE CASES FOR A "RADICAL REDESIGN"????

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:25 3

9. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


I was wondering the same thing??

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:57

69. some jerk (unregistered)


from the lost prototype apple device this spring.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:37 3

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


And I wondering how much money those companies lost, in terms of productions

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:22 1

25. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


plastic cases cost a few cents in material. they also cost very little to design.

by leaking those cases, they got their company's name all over ever phone blog on earth. i'd say it was worth the tiny production cost.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:00

34. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I know! So misleading!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:43

30. Muahua (unregistered)


iPod Touch?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:22

60. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


I think the bigger disappointment was the iPod Touch...white.iPod Touch needs a better camera and change the memory config. 16,32,and 64 GB... what the heck can you do with 8Gb of memory these day... with a long battery like the iPod's you need plenty of room to watch podcast or videos.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:21

36. suckers (unregistered)


how many losers actually bought the cases

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:15 4

5. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


You have to go thru itunes in order to use bluetooth....so apple can get there 30% profit.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:54 2

21. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


This bluetooth will also prob need to know your pin point gps location to be activated!! lol

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:15 1

6. baldilocks (Posts: 753; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I'm guessing the NEXT iPhone...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:17 3

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1333; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I don't get why it would be taller than the original. I guess they don't know how to put their hardware into smaller packages like Samsung is able to do. Oh, and looking ahead, I doubt Apple will have very good processors after splitting their deal with Samsung. I mean think about it: the reason their processor worked so well was because it was manufactured by Samsung. So, even if the next iphone were to come with a quad-core CPU, it still wouldn't mean its the best.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:59

42. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


The iphone is still one of the thinnest phones out there. Plus, it has better battery life than sgs2. Your doubts aren't facts, so keep it to yourself. The A4 worked really well because it was designed by Apple, and it runs iOS. I'm pretty sure that they will release benchmark tests comparing the sgs2 and the ip4s when it comes out, so I wouldn't be too hasty with my opinions if I were you. Oh well, when the ip4s proves to be faster than the sgs2, you'll just walk around pretending you never posted this, just like most hateful android fanboys do :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:24 5

8. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


32 apple articles in 15 hours on this site. My brain is tired from seing all of that!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:27

10. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


i thought i might consider the the new iphone if it was good but it wasn't
and the specs aren't the part that confuse me why did it take so long for it to come out

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:01

43. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Because Apple only releases one phone every year. They don't overkill their customers with multiple models in one year like android OEM's do.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:27 4

11. art836383 (unregistered)


The last paragraph makes this article incredibly biased. Apple fanboy opinions should be reserved for commenters, not the writers of this site.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:02

44. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well PA obviously read comments, and knows exactly how android fanboys think. You android fanboys are pretty predictable you know.

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