Apple fans had mixed feelings today for the announcement of the iPhone 4S. With a year and a half since the announcement of the iPhone 4, anticipation was high for the announcement of the iPhone 5. Instead, after 45 minutes of back-patting and product reviews, we got a phone that looks the same. Still, the iPhone 4S had some radical improvements on the inside, including:
- An A5 chip with a dual-core processor and dual-core graphics. They focused a lot on the benefits for mobile gamers.
- An 8 megapixel camera with a backside illuminated sensor and a new IR filter. In laymen’s terms, better pictures and faster response times.
- A more powerful wireless system.
- 1080p video with image stabilization and noise reduction. Better videos.
- GSM/CMDA chip allowing for use worldwide.
The Apple iPhone 4S is available for pre-oder on October 7 and in stores on October 14. With contract it will retail for 16 GB: $199, 32 GB: $299 and 64 GB: $399.
They also announced Siri, an “intelligent” voice-recognition system than can both understand and respond with conversation speech. The software is still in beta, with no information about a release date, but is expected to let you ask and receive information and directions, send and respond to text messages, and create appointments and reminders.
Apple also announced two new apps for iOS 5 (due out on October 15):
- Family and Friends, similar in concept to apps Neer and I’mOK, will help you track the whereabouts of people who share their location information with you.
- Cards allows you to design a card on your iPhone or iPad. Apple will then print the card and sent it to the recipient.
There you have it.