The brand new Apple iPhone 4S has just been unveiled, pleasing many but disappointing many as well. While the iPhone 4S looks solid and features a number of improved components, some people are far from excited, even suggesting that Apple has lost its magic touch.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to the iPhone 4, although it features an improved camera, processor, and memory. The pricing structure hasn’t changed, although a new 64GB model has been released for $399 with a two year contract. The 8GB iPhone 4 will now cost $99 with a two year contract, and the 3GS is free.
The Apple iPhone 4S will be available in the US on October 14, with pre-orders available from Friday. International customers will have to wait a little longer however, with Apple saying it will be ready by December. The iPhone 4S features a dual-core A5 processor and an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video. The processor is capable of running graphics up to seven times faster, which will be great for mobile gaming.
The iPhone 4S also has a new feature called Siri, which combines cognitive software and voice activated search. This was the feature that got the most attention at the launch, due to the voice activated search and the ability of the software to learn user preferences over time.
The iPhone 4S also has a redesigned antenna system, with the ability to switch between two antennas for transmit and receive and a higher connection speed. In terms of hardware, the phone is a global phone with the ability to work on both the CDMA and GSM networks.
The launch of the Apple iPhone 4S was also notable for being the first iPhone presentation without Steve Jobs, with the short term success of Apple depending greatly on how the market responds to this phone.