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

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:



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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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
iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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69 Comments

1. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

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

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

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.

45. aar0983

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 26, 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

49. aar0983

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Iphone 5**

2. notsteve unregistered

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

15. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

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

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL. Comedy.

64. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

3. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 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.....

40. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

9. Allday28

Posts: 333; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

I was wondering the same thing??

69. some jerk unregistered

from the lost prototype apple device this spring.

13. Vzw_employee

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

25. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

34. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I know! So misleading!

30. Muahua unregistered

iPod Touch?

60. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 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.

36. suckers unregistered

how many losers actually bought the cases

5. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

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

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'm guessing the NEXT iPhone...

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

42. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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 :-)

8. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

10. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 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

43. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

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.

44. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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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