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.

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.

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.

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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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200 Comments

1. jeremyrparnell77 unregistered

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

4. superguy

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

105. XTREEMMAK

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

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

145. Sam unregistered

what about its ram 512 mb or 1gb

154. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 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.

156. AppleFUD unregistered

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

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

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!!

25. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

32. gdbw

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

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!

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.

57. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

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

151. Ikechukwu

Posts: 257; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

so true

76. gdbw

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

96. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

2. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

146. GS2convert

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 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!

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?

5. superguy

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 15, 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

27. Galaxys2...R

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

I like that I that was funny

80. gain1998

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

109. superguy

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

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~

110. superguy

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Yep. The 4S has an S on it.

179. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

7. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Get out!! i dont need you.

8. Vzw_employee

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

9. varunr unregistered

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

10. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

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