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

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

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. 


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...

Related phones

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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60 Comments

1. Lameness unregistered

Lame lame lame

34. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

All the more reason to get the Nexus Prime.

36. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

31. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Ha ha ha...ROFLMAO.

3. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 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?

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

29. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

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

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!

12. ATComedy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

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

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hahahaha! Apple fails at innovation!

7. fakher unregistered

Iphail

8. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Game pad Lol. . .

9. SGS2>iFail4s unregistered

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

15. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Recycled I guess. . .

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!

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

38. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Yet he claims to have Apple stock but hates Apple.

54. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

13. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

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

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.

16. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

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

18. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

having icecream sandwiches no doubt :)

17. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

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

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.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

23. taco-got-eaten-by-apple

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Wont bring a comment from taco.

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

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