The iPhone 4S is not a dramatic game-changer like some previous iPhones. For that reason, recommends for the iPhone 4 users: Do not rush to upgrade, but download the new iOS 5 instead. But owners of older iPhone models, or those with basic phones, will find this latest iPhone a pleasure and a good value. While the exterior looks identical to the iPhone 4, the interior is quite a bit different with significant upgrades:
- Dual Core A5 CPU with 2x faster processor
- Dual Core GPU with 7x faster graphics
- Battery improved: 8 Hour talk time, 14 hours of 2G talk time, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 9 hours of wi-fi browsing
- Redesigned antenna that automatically switches for the best reception
- Faster data speeds, up to 14.4mbps download
- World phone – CDMA & GSM in a single device
- 8 megapixel camera sensor takes 3264×2448 resolution images, f 2.4 aperture, takes in more light and shoots faster pictures, hybrid IR filter
- 1080P HD video recording with real-time image stabilization
- Siri intelligent assistant and voice navigation
- iOS 5 (general release is October 12)
The iPhone 4S features a Dual-core Apple A5 processor. It is clocked at 800MHz (a bit slower than the iPad 2 for better battery life and reduced heat), but it will still feel much snappier than any previous iPhone. It also features a much faster graphical processor, which will make your games look even better once developers take advantage of it. Not to mention, it’s easy on the battery with up to 200 hours of standby and 10 hours of sustained use.
2.) New Camera
The iPhone 4S’ back camera is another incredible update to the iPhone line. First of all, it features a much bigger sensor, and will capture as many as 8 million pixels. It can also capture more light thanks to a brand new 2.4 maximum aperture. It has a special IR filter for better color, and best of all, it’s been radically redesigned to be faster than ever. You access it from the home screen with a double tap on the home button, and then take shots with the volume button.
The front camera, however, is the same, and features a lower resolution. It’s still great for FaceTime.
Siri is without a doubt the biggest and most revolutionary exclusive new feature of the iPhone 4S. Combining artificial intelligence, natural language processing and the power of the iPhone, Siri is a virtual assistant that you can talk to and interact with to control your iPhone. It can set up your alarm clock, read your messages, take notes or set appointments, and much more. It even has a great sense of humor. Just hold your home button to check it out. Siri was bought by Apple for an undisclosed sum
Apple released a video in 1987, dramatising something they called ‘Knowledge Navigator’ that shows a tablet device reacting to its user just as Siri promises to.The similarities are incredible.
The iPhone 4S has some great new filmmaking capabilities. First of all, it features a full HD 1080p sensor, and it features an image stabilization feature that will make video much smoother. Here is a video comparison to give you an idea.
5.) New Antenna
The iPhone 4S antenna has been completely redesigned to acquire a better signal, along with faster speeds (up to 14MBps on AT&T in selected areas), and no more death grip.
That’s right, the terrible plague that affected the iPhone 4, and made it lose its signal when you held it “the wrong way” is gone. Not only that, the 4S’s new dual antennas can automatically switch when sending and receiving information, a trick Apple say is a first for a mobile phone, (and one that others dissagree with).
6.) iOS 5
The iPhone 4S is the first iDevice that comes with Apple’s amazing new iOS 5 built in. That is, right from the get go you’ll be able to enjoy the Notification Center, iCloud, iMessage and much more. Here are the top 10 new iOS 5 features you should know about.
Here you will find a list of the over 200 new features included in iOS 5, sorted by app/section.
7.) Everything From the iPhone 4
That’s right, the iPhone 4S brings with it all the improvements made for the iPhone 4 and these are incredible. That is, the iPhone 4S allows you to place video calls over FaceTime, it has a great high-resolution Retina display, 512MB of RAM for great multitasking, and much, much more.
8.) Same Design – Almost
That’s an obvious one, but for those of you who didn’t have the iPhone 4, welcome to a new world of luxury. The iPhone 4S, just like the iPhone 4, features a beautiful glass front and back, with a sleek metalic band that goes around it. It’s a luxurious object, but you’ll have to be very careful. Dropping it on a hard surface will break it, and unless you have Apple’s new AppleCare+ coverage, you’ll have to pay for the repairs out of your own pocket. The glass back is not a big deal, as replacing it can be done in-store for just about $30. The front however costs $200 to replace, and can take up to 48 hours.
Furthermore, the mute switch is placed differently on this design, so your original bumper and AT&T iPhone 4 case might not fit it. Verizon iPhone 4 cases should be fine.
9.) Airplay Mirroring
Another exclusive iPhone 4S feature is its ability to mirror its screen, over the air, to an Apple TV. This feature is called AirPlay mirroring. That means you can stream anything from your screen over the air to a television, from games like Real Racing, to presentations using Keynote, or even a Netflix movie.
In the US, the new iPhone 4S is available on AT&T and Verizon, as well as Sprint. This way, whatever your requirements; like a family or company plan, or spotty coverage in your area, you should still be able to find an iPhone 4S that suits you just fine.