Earlier today at the much anticipated Apple event, Tim Cook announced the release of the new iPhone, the iPhone 4S. From a quick look at the phone, it looks to be the same as the previous version (iPhone 4) but on the inside, the 4S holds many advantages over the iPhone 4.
The new 4S will continue to have the 3.5 inch Retina display just as previous versions that we have all come to know and love. Besides this, the phone will have a brand new dual-core A5 chip alongside a new dual-core GPU that has been said to boost graphic performance 7x. The antennae around the sides (which caused many users so much trouble) have been revamped and iOS will intelligently switch between two different sets on the fly to avoid dropping calls no matter how you hold it.
On the back of the phone there is a 8-megapixel camera which has a CMOS sensor which helps capture better pictures in low-light situations. The improvement in visuals also extends to video. The 4S can now record 1080p video and has a new image signal processor for image stabilization and facial recognition, making the handset’s camera comparable to many point-and-shoots. This new camera is also said to be faster than most smartphone cameras out there needing only 1.1 seconds before being able to shoot the first picture and only half a second between successful pictures.
Besides these new features on the iPhone 4S, the phone is the first to “test” out the new vocal recognition software, Siri. Just tap the mic on the keyboard and start talking to enter text, check the weather, get directions or perform web searches.
The 4S will come in both black and white, starting at $199 for 16GB and $299 for the 32GB, but the big news is a new 64GB model coming in at a whopping $399. You’ll be able to pre-order this friday, October 7th, and it’ll start shipping on October 14th in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, and Japan.
Side note, is that Apple is officially welcoming Sprint to the family here in the states while Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three will all be carrying it in the UK.
People have been expecting the launch to be in mid September but a recent report from AllThingsD.com, suggests that we should be expecting not a September launch, but one in late October.
Although many reports on release dates have been put out, Apple has yet to release any tips on release dates or even specs on the iPhone itself. Some people have said that the iPhone 5 will feature a larger screen (around 4 inches) while others have said that it will remain at 3.5 inches. Another rumor is that the new design will feature a more “rounded” look to it. Along with this, almost everyone can agree that the new design will be slimmed down and will include Apple’s new A5 dual-core processor to replace the iPhone 4’s A4 single-core processor.
So obviously, there are plenty of rumors going around to get everyone hyped up about the new iPhone. We won’t know for sure until Apple releases the specs for the phone.