10/4/2011

Apple Reveal iPhone 4S

Whether or not you were expecting a major upgrade, all the recent iPhone rumours have suggested that the new model wouldn’t be the iPhone 5 but in fact an updated iPhone 4. Those rumours were proven true today when Apple revealed the iPhone 4S which visually looks pretty much identical to the iPhone 4 but has a few changes behind the scenes.

When the iPad 2 launched with the dual core A5 processor it seemed pretty logical to think we’d see it in the next iPhone too and that’s exactly what has happened. The much faster replacement to the older A4 processor means the iPhone 4S will be much speedier than the old model and that extra power enables developers to produce even better visuals in games and other apps.

A new design for the antenna should mean all those iPhone 4 horror stories about signal problems should be a thing of the past and Apple claim the new design will help to make wireless speeds better too. The outside of the handset looks otherwise untouched and it’ll be very difficult to tell the 4S apart from its predecessor based on looks alone.

The already fantastic camera in the iPhone 4 has been upgraded from 5MP to 8MP meaning we’re likely to see some of the best photographs ever taken with a mobile phone. Apple are also boasting that taking pictures on the iPhone 4S will be much quicker than we’re used to from other phones. The 720p video capture of the iPhone 4 has also been upped to 1080p so videos will be even clearer than ever before.

The new voice recognition software known as Siri looks to completely change the way we use voice commands on our phones, while in the past you’d need to be very specific with the words and phrases used Siri appears to understand natural language very well and a lot can be achieved with just voice commands. Setting up alarms, searching for weather updates, finding restaurants and speech to text were all demonstrated and it appears to work well.

The iPhone 4S will be available in the UK on October 14th and will run the new iOS5 software (which will be also available for iPhone 3GS onwards later this month). It’s not quite the revolution many of us were hoping for but the iPhone 4S does improve on the iPhone 4 in a number of ways, still the iPhone 5 will need to seriously impress if Samsung and HTC continue to offer competition as strong as the Galaxy S II and Sensation.

No word on a price yet but iPhone 4S deals are likely to cost around the same as an iPhone 4. If you’re thinking of upgrading then why not recycle your iPhone 4 for cash to help pay towards your new iPhone 4S?

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