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Things the iPhone 4S was believed to bring (but it won't)

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Things the iPhone 4S was believed to bring (but it won't)
So, the Apple iPhone 4S is now finally official, and we know everything we need to know about it. It will surely pack some new exciting features like the dual-core A5 processor and Siri voice commands, but what about all of those things that the community has been anticipating for quite a while now? Let's take a look at what Apple won't present its customers with, even though they might have dreamed about it for over a year now...


Bigger screen

Without a doubt, first on the list is the bigger screen. There were a lot of rumors that the iPhone 4S will feature a bigger screen, some going to about 4" or even 4.3" screen, but once again, Apple decided not to fix what ain't broken, leaving the newest iPhone with the same old 3.5" IPS-LCD display. Is that a good or bad thing? We guess everyone has their own take on the matter. On one hand, it means we won't be able to enjoy all those 3D games on a larger real estate, but on the other, the iPhone will remain just as compact and easy to handle, compared to the Android juggernauts out there.


4G connectivity

Well, what can we say, no real HSPA+ or LTE for the iPhone 4S, but we guess that will happen with next year's iPhone. Apple has at least upgraded the radio to support the maximum it can squeeze from HSPA – 14.4 Mbit/s on the downlink and 5.76 Mbit/s on the uplink, which is actually comparable to most 4G-branded HSPA+ phones out there, so users won't miss that much.


Redesign

Things the iPhone 4S was believed to bring (but it won't)
Yeah, a lot of folks thought we'd see Apple employ a rounder, metal back side for the new iPhone. Not that the all-glass design of the iPhone 4 (and 4S) is bad, but a rounder back, made of metal would have eventually made the device feel more comfortable in the hand, and made it look more uniform with the rest of Apple's line-up. Anyways, we can certainly live with that dandy glass and steel body.


Better LED flash

Despite all the improvements made in the camera department, Apple didn't mention anything specific about its LED flash. That's why we're willing to believe that it'll be unchanged from what we have in the iPhone 4. And that's really sad. However, we still hope that with the new 8MP sensor, which should also be able to capture more light, images taken in low-light conditions will look better than they used to.


Gesture area around the home button

Another rumored feature that was debunked today was the gesture area around the home button, a la Palm Pre Plus. What can we say – we never actually thought there's much sense in that in iOS, so we don't mind having the good-old circular home key. 


Things the iPhone 4S was believed to bring (but it won't)
Apple-designed gamepad

Well, we wouldn't be surprised if no one, except for us, really hoped to see this mighty accessory get announced today, but still, we do concider this one to be a major omission by Apple! How could they not see the potential in this... A universal game controller, compatible with all iOS games, finally allowing you to enjoy yourself, without having to slide your fingers all over the screen. Oh well, we guess our ingenius idea is just way ahead of its time...

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:44 6

1. Lameness (unregistered)


Lame lame lame

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:37 1

34. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


All the more reason to get the Nexus Prime.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:55 2

36. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I've decided that you don't post enough, NeXoS.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:48 13

2. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


way to go phonearena,as if islaves gutted disappointment with their overlords old new iphone isn't bad enough ye now show them everything it SHOULD have been and everything that loads of other phones have llol

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:28 1

31. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Ha ha ha...ROFLMAO.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:49 6

3. Shangri-La (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


But they did bring a re-designed antenna, which means you may actually be able to make semi-decent phone calls. That's quite innovative, wouldnt you say?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:35 3

20. roldefol (Posts: 2971; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Looks just like the Verizon iPhone 4 antenna. I like how they admitted the antenna was redesigned while not admitting there was ever a problem with the original.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:44 2

29. Shangri-La (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


So basically Apple made an enhancement, rather than fixed a bug ;-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:50 4

4. disappointment (unregistered)


What a disappointment !!...
A dual-core? And only 1Ghz!
How many months has the android dual-cores on the market? ... And even better and faster than this? Only this? ... Same design, same screen ... disappointment ... after all who innovates? Android seems to be, with decent sized HD screens, better dual-cores, tons of continuous innovation...better wait for the Nexus Prime or Galaxy S3!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:03 2

12. ATComedy (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


All good reasons why Android is better. The iPhone era is dead!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:51 2

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm surprised NFC isn't on this list. Android phones will soon have integrated NFC hardware, but the iPhone will still be without.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:52 6

6. Doakie (Posts: 1267; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Hahahaha! Apple fails at innovation!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:54 4

7. fakher (unregistered)


Iphail

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:55 2

8. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Game pad Lol. . .

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:57 4

9. SGS2>iFail4s (unregistered)


what about all those 'fake' iFail 4s cases, what's up with them?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:10 1

15. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Recycled I guess. . .

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:59 1

10. disappointment (unregistered)


What a disappointment !!...
A dual-core? And only 1Ghz!
How many months has the android dual-cores on the market? ... And even better and faster than this? (Like good "old" galaxy S2!).
Only this? ... Same design, same screen ... disappointment ... after all who innovates? Android seems to be, with decent sized HD screens, better dual-cores, tons of continuous innovation...better wait for the Nexus Prime or Galaxy S3!
Android is the way!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:01 4

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is the same path RIM took. Apple thinks it can drop whatever & still sell it. The iPhone 4S is a weak product. The Google Nexus Prime will just squash the iPhone 4S. Not to have NFC support is mind blowing. Siri is cool but Google has new stuff coming in Android Ice Cream Sandwich so I am not too concerned with Siri. Plus Siri is Beta so Apple does release half-baked features. So there is is the iPhone 4S the fail on 2011. My stock is getting a beat down right about now. I need to see where the stock is when the phone drops, because it looks like what Kramer would say sell, sell sell.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:42

38. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Yet he claims to have Apple stock but hates Apple.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:15 1

54. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have had the stock since 2007. I have seen Apple soil itself for too many years. Just because I own the stock doesn't mean I have to like the business practices of Apple.
Tre-Nitty you have a lot to learn in life! That was a very childish comment!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:06 1

13. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Big disappointment! All the hype for something very minor like this?....

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:10 2

14. areyouserious (unregistered)


Hey Ray S., could you at least try to cover up? Your Apple bias is showing. For a site that is supposed to cover phone news this blatant attempt to spin what has got to be a colossal disappointment to any iphone user is absurd.

Trying to convince people they have not been short changed by Jobs and Co. is unfair to your readers. Maybe a kick in the butt by the Fans would prompt some real competitive innovations and not more patent cases.

Tell Apple to get out of the courts and back into the labs so we can see great products to compete for our dollars. Don't minimize Apple's attempt to keep some momentum by throwing left-over tech at us and calling it something new.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:20 4

16. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


I wonder what the atmosphere at Google and Samsung headquarter would be now.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:26 3

18. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


having icecream sandwiches no doubt :)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:22 3

17. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


gs2 all the way. all we need to see now is that phonearena score this piece of crap with a 10

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:27

19. drmobile (unregistered)


Siri is cool but many of its function were available on old nokia phones like message reader, sound order and so on.it s just improved in a good way but its not so much wondering and a reason to buy this f**ky phone with its old old design and hardware that used months before in android devices.i think i phone will lose users to android. Dont u think? I get so disappointed

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:36

21. Joshua Amachree (unregistered)


After reading each rumor & thinking the almighty iphone 5 would be out with blasting features, they give the same phone. I just pray there's no IPad 2 's' because I'll be totally disappointed. Got to stick to Android until apple supports MEMORY CARD.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:42

22. roldefol (Posts: 2971; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Apple knows 4" screens are an unproven technology that needs another year to mature.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:43 1

23. taco-got-eaten-by-apple (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


Wont bring a comment from taco.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:46

24. hepresearch (unregistered)


This article seems just a bit premature... Claiming that the iPhone 4S has failed to deliver to the expected standards seems rather naive, as it is quite clear (if you have been following the backstory on all this) that the iPhone 4S is sure to be followed quickly by the iPhone 5! Rather than complaining that the iPhone 4S does not have the alleged 4" screen, or the xenon/whatever flash, or whatever... Just look at the price tag! $199 for the 16GB version without commitment... That, my friends, is an iPhone that even I could reasonably afford. When the iPhone 5 arrives, I am sure it will have everything they have been talking about before. Just for the record... I have to say that the iPhone 4S introduces one item of genius; namely, the inclusion of CDMA 850/1900 with GSM quad-band and UMTS quad-band all in one (including EvDO Rev A and HSPA 14.4). Essentially this is the same model for all three carriers. And just to be ornery, I am posting this from my friend's iPad! 8-D

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:56 1

37. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What do you mean without commitment? it's the contract price for the iPhone. It's exactly the same price as the iPhone 4 has been this whole time for the same memory capacity.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:54 1

44. hepresearch (unregistered)


Aaaahhh... I, well, just figured that out... I apparently read that news article wrong... open mouth - insert foot!

Ugh... my mouth tastes like salt now... with some cotton fibers snagged between my teeth, and a hint of... linberger-cheese essence?

That's what I get for discovering the article while browsing from my friend's iPad... my iGoggles were making the offering look like a sweet deal when... well, it is nothing that nice or new... crud, I smell linberger cheese again...

... +1 to Sniggly for the timely correction

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 00:34 1

52. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I applaud you for being humble enough to admit a mistake and be gracious to those who help you correct it. You're awesome, hep. :)

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:42 1

57. hepresearch (unregistered)


It is good to have friends here who understand... thank you, Sniggly, and +1. I would give you +infinity for being a great friend here, but I don't think the server would handle that too well. I aim to please when I can, but otherwise I just aim to entertain.

Some day when I get around to it, you will indeed be featured regularly in the "Book of Elopocalypse"... LOL!

>8-D

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 01:13

53. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Just as a suggestion you can get a iPhone 3gs still a great phone for free with a two year contract if money is a concern.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:19

56. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The Xperia Play was just dropped to free on Verizon as well. That phone ain't something to sneeze at either. And the Captivate is free too I think. ;)

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:52

58. hepresearch (unregistered)


You know what's funny... I would almost have preferred that the iPhone 4S step down to some iPhone 3GS specs, like maybe going back to an HVGA resolution and 8GB of internal memory, but keeping the overall appearance of the iPhone 4, and keeping the 5-Megapixel main camera... they really could have sold a pre-paid iPhone for $199 to $299 without a commitment. That would have been huge... can you imagine how sales would have gone if they released THAT iPhone 4S at the same time as the high-end iPhone 5 in all its iGlory...

My brother has an iPhone 3GS, and he likes it so much that I don't think he will bother getting a new iPhone until that thing expires by any means he cannot personally prevent. I have to admit it does work extremely well, reliably, and smoothly. But then again, my brother is not a former OS-modder/app-writer like me, and his use of a smartphone at all is entirely business-motivated. Playing with my buddy's iPad yesterday was also a nice experience, until I got home to my PC and discovered that my iGoggles were gone... like I said, they work fantastic, but hacking them is out of the question.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:47

25. iphone..really? (unregistered)


The only reason the iphone is probably still going to sell is because of its introduction to Sprint. Period. The phone is a big dissapointment. All my customers (I work for Verizon) walk into my store saying "I want the iphone." and when I ask them why an iphone and not an Android they ALWAYS say I DONT KNOW ISNT THE IPHONE BETTER? Nope! Apple is barely releasing a product that can match up to MOST androids. dual core, 1 GHZ processor, 8 MP camera. there are way better phones out there that have more features like lets say.....LTE, expandable memory, more free apps. No wifi required for video chatting.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:35 1

46. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


when can i expect your half-ass employer to bring LTE to KC?

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:58

59. hepresearch (unregistered)


hahaha... earle, when I read your comment, I could hear an audible "SMACK!"... that was snappy, witty, direct, and to-the-point. (+1)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:08

26. X man (unregistered)


I think the The model is supposed to be read as iPhone 4@$$ for all the people who will run to buy it because even if apple was to cr@p on them they will think its from heaven. Its time to tell apple to bring in a product that is new with some new look to it instead of upgraded software. This was the biggest let down apple ever has done. The new CEO should be sacked for this. They did not even fix the problem of glass on the back of the camera. This is one thing that breaks all the time. Why even buy a product that you have to dress up so you do not end up losing $300 dollars. Ihave the Droid X and never had a case on it. Never had problems and to this day which is almost 2 yrs later, it works great.
Once they showed the image of the iPhone the game was over. Android over iphone, game set and match. I am going to the Bionic I hope apple can read this..

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:10

27. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Like I said Apple needed a homerun but felled again, this will be the last of the iphone , big splash in the market,

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:43 2

28. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


iPhone is going to be in the same boat RIM is pretty soon! Failure to innovate = rotten Apple!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:19

30. Ikechukwu (Posts: 143; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Lol FAIL!!!! No new innovation from CRAPPLE... I know those iSheep will still buy this stuff... LAME

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:17

32. toystore (unregistered)


Now I know why steve is running behind Samsung from last one year, because he dosen't have magic to compite Android..

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:34

33. iFans (unregistered)


Just be glad it ain't going to be made of cheap plastics.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:39

35. darth8balI (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


I have to say I'm impressed with the new iPhone. The new Siri assistant seems to be way ahead of googles voice controls. How did they improve the battery life even more?! This phone tempts me.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:02

39. wins931 (unregistered)


What a big disappoint this was! The gaul of these guys to think people are going to but this crap. I was waiting for the iPhone 5 b4 i upgraded my service with AT&T, now will have to wait on the HTC’s Titan.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:04

40. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Asking a question. How is the weather...you will need a umbrella...i did this 2 years ago on my DROID1....actually you can have google homepage on your browser with flash enabled and say weather using the built in microphone on the website. A

nd a five day forecast based on your gps location will appear

What was innovative about siri...how come consumer reports didnt get an invite to todays main event hosted by apple

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:12

41. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Apple iPhone 4zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:35

42. Sony Timescape (unregistered)


One important thing that believed the new iPhone will bring is more shifting of Android fans to Apple platform, but luckily that won't happen, they stuck and become more confident in Android platform (hardware & OS).

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:37

43. unregistered (unregistered)


so many haters on this website all the time. a bunch of jots. the iphone 4s will still out perform any android device now or in the near future.... guaranteed. glitchin ass fandroid jots.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:01

45. Sony Timescape (unregistered)


in almost every aspect, galaxy Sii is better than i4S:

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/04/iphone-4s-vs-the-smartphone-elite-galaxy-s-ii-bionic-and-tita/

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:39

47. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


will it be better exactly one year from today when you can't get an OS update on your GSII but apple will still be supporting the 4S...or 4?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:49

50. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Last time I checked, a frind of mine who has the US Cellular Galaxy S Mesmerize has Gingerbread on his phone. And that's an official update, not root. Oh ya, and my EVO just got an OTA yesterday, and it's a discontinued phone. So I highly doubt that one year from now Samsung will stop supporting the GSII.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:42

48. Andres (unregistered)


Simply put, the 4S is a lame duck, the article just tries to justify tha backwardness of the move by Apple, it's simply a missed opportunity, that' gonna cost dearly. Android phones just passing by Apple with quad cores. 16mp cams and big HD displays. Samsung's big opportunity served in a golden plate!!!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:43

49. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


The iPhone 4S will undoubtedly be a great phone performance-wise. The A5 is a great processor and combned with the simplicity of the app launcher that is iOS, the phone is gonna be fast. Not to mention the new camera looks to be something phenominal.t
However, ther is absolutely no excuse for using anything from last year's phone, expecially the body. Would Samsung have been excused if the GSII was simply a Mesmerize with the new camera and Exynos tossed in? Would Motorola have been able to get away with tossing the Tegra 2 in the OG DROID and naming it the DROID BIONIC? The least Apple could have done would have been to make the back aluminum rather than glass or at least round the edges slightly to make it at the very least look like a new phone. Lastly, there is no reason for Apple to keep the screen at 3.5 inches when every one of their ocmpetitors has a screen larger than 4 inches and it has been proven that a larger screen not only doesn't inhibit usage, but makes the phone much more usable, especially for media.
In conclusion, Apple had a chance to release a phone that could stand up with the always-improving big boys from the Android camp in nearly every way, but without a complete package Apple completely fails to deliver. And reusing all the visible parts from last year's model makes the release all the more underwhelming. The iPhone 4S may be an all-new phone on the inside, but on the outside it's just the same-old aging phone we've been hearing about for the past year.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:55

51. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Lame Apple people copying Playstation style from Xperia PLAY...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 11:32

60. skymitch89 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Actually it does have 4G, it has HSPA+ 14.4Mbps.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 09:39

62. gtrxman (Posts: 110; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


This is Apple's playbook-incremental updates. I understand no LTE, ATT isn't ready yet. I can even accept a 1ghz chip, but no HSPA+ and only 512mb RAM? There's a reason why it is the most profitable iPhone. There's nothing in it.

And by the way, it is not 4G. It's HSPA clocked to 14.4Mbps, which is the max for HSPA.

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