You’ve probably heard that the iPhone 4S was unveiled today. You also probably heard that most people think it’s just the iPhone 4 with a few tweaks. I’d like to think differently. Let me give you the full story from my own point of view.
The name: iPhone 4S
I don’t know why everyone was so disappointed when Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S and not the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S has all the cool features that we were hoping would be in the iPhone 5! I’m not disappointed in the least. I own an iPhone 3G and also an iPhone 3GS and the differences between the two cannot even be compared. I guess the big fuss about the iPhone 5 is the fact that most people wanted a radically redesigned iphone. Well, goodluck.
The Personal Assistant: Siri
I told you guys earlier about the voice integration in iOS 5. Siri, as it is called is pure artificial intelligence. It is perhaps the reason for the A5 processor that iPhone 4s boasts of.
According to apple, Siri can execute several commands for you while you speak in your ‘natural accent’. You don’t have to sound like a robot for it to execute your tasks.
For example, you could ask Siri to read out your emails, text messages for you while youre driving and it will do just that. You can even reply to them just by dictating the commands and it acts seamlessly. You could tell Siri to remind you that have a meeting by 2pm tomorrow and Siri automatically programmes the reminder. I mean instantly. Think about that for a second.
Ever seen a visually challenged person trying to type a text message on his/her phone? This just takes accessibility to a whole new level. In fact, you can ask Siri almost any question, and it responds with reasonable and accurate answers as well as solutions. That is pure awesomeness.
The A5 chip
The A5 chip that powers the Apple iPad is also the same chip that has been placed in the iPhone 4S, and now it is dual core. This means faster performance, faster graphics rendering, faster everything.
Apple boasts that the graphics rendering speeds of the iPhone 4S is 7 times faster than the iPhone 4. If you’ve used an iPhone 4 before, you know that is going to be unbelievably fast!
The battery life
The iphone 4S will offer 8 hours of 3G talk time. 6 hrs of browsing, 9 on WiFi. 10 hrs of video, and 40 hrs of music. That’s even better than the iPhone 4 despite the fact that it has a faster processor that would have been expected to consume more battery power.
The iPhone 4S will come with an improved 8 megapixel, 3263x 2448 camera which will rival point-and-shoot cameras out there. I’m not going to speak too much on this one seeing as I already mentioned it in a previous post.
iMessage, Reminders, Cards, Siri, Instant Photo Editing, Newer multitasking gestures, Notifications centre and a whole load of other features. iOS 5 will be made available for iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd gen on 12th October.
iPhone 4S Pricing – Black and white versions 16GB: $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399. Same as for previous versions but as you noticed, it comes with the 64 GB option which is really cool. iPhone 4S preorders will start on the 7th of October and will start shipping on October 14th.
So what do I think about all of this? I want the iphone 4S like right now. I’m sure glad I didn’t purchase the iPhone 4. A honest opinion however is this. If you’re not a hardcore techie freak like me who loves the fastest devices, the most extreme gadgets, then you could just get the iPhone 4 (Apple just reduced the price by $100). Still, I can’t wait to get my hands on the iPhone 4S!