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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: 50; 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: 2011; 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: 1877; 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: 413; 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: 1224; 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: 274; 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: 837; 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: 2366; 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: 413; 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: 1972; 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: 544; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I'm guessing the NEXT iPhone...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:17 3

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 938; 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: 565; 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.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:34 3

12. Doakie (Posts: 1330; Member since: 06 May 2009)


"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?"

Really? Thats what you come up with to insist that the IPhail 4S is still relevant? A lack of 4G, which I'm not saying things like the "myTouch 4G" has true 4G. 4G by ITU definition is WiMAX, LTE or HSPA+ 21MBPS or greater. The Evo 4G with WiMAX came out BEFORE the iPhone 4, and already had a 4G technology. HUGE FAIL. It has a tiny display, "But it runs things smooth...LOOK." or compared to huge HD displays, "Look at my pixel density, they're smaller than your eye can see." WHO CARES, if its on a tiny screen it doesnt matter if its crystal clear if the screen is so small I hate watching Netflix on it. Lack of NFC so you say Bluetooth 4.0. Activation numbers, respond with revenue? I'm done. I cant put up with this crap anymore. You guys think losing is winning. I cant handle this anymore I'm going crazy trying to think how this fail of a phone is supposed to be keeping up with the joneses. Phone Arena you fail. Dont support a device that is so obviously a fail. We all expected a winner of a phone to come out and kick Android in his robo balls. But all we got was a fail refresh. Quit defending it. I'm tired of the denial!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:47

17. Daniel.P (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


I should have put one /s at the end of last paragraph :) Can't wait for the bill of materials of the iPhone 4S...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:15

47. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@Doakie. First of all, you have no evidence that the ip4s failed for you to call it a failure. There are several polls already indicating that the majority will get the ip4s. So where you got your notion that the ip4s is a failure probably came from android planet where everything Apple is a failure. 3.5 is not tiny at all. The iphone had the biggest display among popular smartphones in 2007. The others, just to make them seem better, decided to make theirs with bigger screens. Yes, I would've loved it if ip4s comes out with a 4" display, but 3.5 is not bad at all. Just because you don't support the iphone, it does not mean that it's failed. You guys said the same thing with the ip3gs, that it's no different than the ip3g. But look at what happened. The ip3gs was another successful iphone release, and you android fanboys ate your words back then. You guys never learn, or you android fanboys are just shameless. Talk to us when the ip4s actually fails to sell, ok.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 15:12

66. vzw_rep (unregistered)


Of course it's going to do great, I've had customers waiting on the new iPhone since May! They held out this long for it, it won't matter if Apple put out a brick and called it an iPhone. That's what the customers want and that's what is going to make the sales so great.

It's not even the phone the customers are buying, it's the name. So all the iphone fanboys can't really say it's a better phone because it sold so well. Apple just has a great name for itself. Like I said before the iBrick would sell just because it'd be an Apple product.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:38 2

14. Yo gaba (unregistered)


Iphoney!!!!! Waited months and this is what we get! Ios 5 is cool but all the android phones already have most of this stuff. They could of at least changed the form factor alittle. Looks like ill be holding out alittle longer.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:48 3

18. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Already been asked by 10+ customers what's the difference between 4S and the 4. After I tell them the typical response is, "that's all?". So far biggest complaint is no 4G connectivity...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:52 2

20. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The only plus for islaves here is that people with an iphone 4 can easily claim they have an iPhone 4s and keep looking like a trendy cool sheep and nobody would spot the difference!!

They still be braindead but at least they'll be cool!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:49 2

19. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


this phone arena blog article was clearly written by an islave who foolishly fell for apple pr stunts of glossing over the same phone with a new camera with 'best iphone yet' comments. the last paragraph almost smells like it was literally taken out of Apples brainwashing guff!

Its as simple as this: Iphone 4 was for saps, iphone 4s is for even more braindead saps.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:12 1

23. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


dam sheep got played lmao

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:14 3

24. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I love how they made it .04 inches bigger so old cases don't fit.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:29

26. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


The last paragraph was just way too, stupid and unnecessary

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:38

27. ninjamobile (unregistered)


THIS WAS NOT THE UPGRADE I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TOO!! TT___TT

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:41

28. guest (unregistered)


thats what they did with all that extra time they took.......they could have did that in 6 months.....what did we wait for

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:41

29. waltmossberg (unregistered)


if the "S" in iphone 4S means "Steve", then iphone 4gs>anything as will my upcoming review/ad will demonstrate.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:43

31. Slammer (Posts: 1126; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---" 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"---

This is exactly why I left Apple. It's all about profits at the customer's expense. Fans make them filthy rich only to be presented with an even par device that will be out dated in the next two months? After 4 years of consistantly supporting this, one would think they've had enough.

John B.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:43

32. joey18 (Posts: 550; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


i dont see any df is the same phone why a5 when upgrade sofware will be same phone 3g or 4g is the same not all places are 4g so i'm very dspment so ifail 5 cant compit in the market

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:10

35. sinple (unregistered)


Hmmm, standby tym decrease while talk tym increased? Is this possible?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:24 1

37. 10aera (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I'm so sick of PA already. Let's call the iPhone 4S what it is "lots of promises, rumors, and dreams that never came true" iPhone 4S is a big failure of a devise that will be a success on sales due to Apple Blind Fanboys, such as the ones here in PA team. The iPhone 4s probably has the hardware to survive in current competition, but not to stand in front of current big guys... SII, ATRIX, ETC... And definetely not to survive within 3months competitors... Out of innovation, out of leadership, out of iPride... Iphone 4S is just what Apple though an Apple devise were never be: just another one in the crowd.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:36

38. TOO MUCH HYPE (unregistered)


Apple f**ked up big time.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:41

39. kshell1 (unregistered)


The nexus prime is going to eat this thing for breakfast lunch and dinner.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:55

41. intos (unregistered)


ok now the area is clear... apple helps me a lot to take a decision about witch phone to buy... and the iphone 4s is the total failure product and clearly message for me and many people that this company thinks that every product they will make we will go like a sheeps to buy....so..... f*ck you apple ! You make o lot of your consumers disappoint !!! well done !!!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:11

46. joak (unregistered)


The on-slot of iphone haters...this is fun. this announcement was a let down, with all the hype about iphone 5 i really was expecting a newly designed iphone 5, but i guess it wouldnt make sense to announce two different phones. Well no matter, come october 14th i will get my iphone 4s for $200 and sell my iphone 4 on ebay for $300...the same plan every year

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:22

48. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Android fanboys are the most bitter bunch. You guys are fearful and can't accept that the ip4s will again kick android's ass with these updates. Why do I say that? Look at the ip4. It's a single core with a 5mp camera smartphone being pitted against newer android phones with dual core and 8mp cameras. Now that the ip4s have a dual core, with 8mp camera with improved sensors, w/ 1080p vid recording, etc., and a 1gb RAM, you guys know that it would be way ahead of the game again. And with Siri, the ip4s is definitely ahead. Also, the ip4 is beautiful as it is, so I think another year with the same looks wouldn't hurt. I mean there's no phone out there that's better looking than the ip4. So why mess with that design when they're still ahead?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:29

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


I think someone is delusional. The reason why ip4 was being compared to the rest was because that was the latest iphone or did u want any tech sites to compare it to the 3gs??? If you think SIRI is worth the upgrade then go make the line for pre-order with the rest of the sheep. Way to set the standard apple

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:45

54. joak (unregistered)


what is up with all the hate!? wow! what do you have against ppl buying the new iphone? It is amazing the amount ppl that take it upon themselves to insult ppl for buying the iphone...WTH!!!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:18

59. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@aar. Not delusional at all. Use your common sense. Why would anyone compare the ip4 from last year with newly released android phones if they don't think that ip4 would stand a chance? It's because the ip4 could still compete with dual core android phones. Siri is not the only update, so why is it the only feature that you mentioned? Did you miss the dual core A5 chip, the 8mp camera, 1080p recording?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:38 1

52. L3610n (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)


Funny thing is it isn't the Android fans complaining. They're laughing. The Apple fans are the ones complaining. And I gotta agree, this was kind of disappointing. And here I thought they were going to release the 4S as a cheaper model, and have the grand iPhone 5 as their premium model this year.. SMH.. Disappointing.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 13:24

65. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Android user here: Same ugly design. Sorry but it's the truth. From using a 4.3inch screen my eyes cant squint to the 3.5inch screen. It hurts. Not hating just sporting an opinion just like everyone else. It's all opinions people and what you want personally.

iOS is awesome for ones who like it. I find it boring and well blah to plain and simple

Here's the thing, all the people who actually thought the "rumors" were true about the iphone 5, well they got let down. Sucks for them believing apple would break the cycle of 3g to 3gs and then 4 to 5?? Nope sorry guy.

Btw, no hating here just sporting an opinion nad some truth.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:37

51. intos (unregistered)


we whait 1 year to see again the iphone 4 ?!?!?! f*ck !!! where is the big screen ?!?!
the new design ?!?!? its like update my pc tower .... the ultimate mockery !!! im sure that the sales of iphone will drop after this big failure

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:41

53. L3610n (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)


Maybe Apple is following Capcom's business model. Since Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is coming out a year after Marvel vs Capcom 3, they figured... "Hey, that sounds profitable.. let's upgrade some stuff, add a few things, but keep the same model phone."

HAHA Sorry.. I couldn't resist.

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