We were all expecting the release of the mighty iPhone 5 which will slay the competition, but this time around we just got a glimpse of a refreshed iPhone 4. SO what makes this iteration different from the previous gen device. Well, its mainly Siri, apart from the hardware upgrades. Keep reading.
Here’s a rundown of the iPhone 4S specs:
- Dual core 1GHz A5 processor(same as iPad 2)
- A new 8 Megapixel camera with full 1080P video recording
- Global roaming with a dual-mode GSM and CDMA radio
Apart from this the iPhone 4S features “Siri”, the virtual assistant which takes instructions from your voice to perform web searches, enter text, get directions and so on. It can also be used to enter commands. Siri for the iPhone 4S currently works in English, German and French but will be extended to cover more languages over time. Battery performance will give 8-hours of talk time over 3G and around 6 hours of 3G web browsing. With WiFi you’ll be able to get an impressive 40 hours of music play, 9 hours on the web or around 10 hours of video playback.
Just to keep things exciting iPhone 4S will also come with iOS 5 which is being considered as a huge improvement over iOS 4. It has been cloudified with iCloud allowing you to sync your data and access it through your various iDevices. Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller added saying
iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever. While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.
You’ll be able to order the iPhone 4S beginning October 14th, with prices ranging from $199 for the 16 GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model.
Although this launch was mainly focused on the software side of things, we can’t say that we are all that impressed. Voice control is good, its way ahead that Android’s implementation in sheer usability and adaptability to your voice. Then there’s also iCloud which makes using managing your data among various devices a breeze. The disappointment lies in the hardware, today everyone’s using a dual-core chip coupled with a HD camera of sorts. But being what it is, the iPhone 4S failed to impress. Its clad in the same shell as the iPhone 4, with a few nuts and bolts changed. We were imagining razor a thin profile with edge-to-egde screens among many other things, but I guess that’s for a later refresh. At present, the iPhone 4S might be the “best iPhone ever”, but in no way its the best phone available out there and not just in terms of its almost generic specsheet.