Here comes the sequel – the second coming of the iPhone 4. For all those of you expecting to see the iPhone 5, you really have two options – continue grumbling, or open your eyes to the iPhone 4S. Lets take a closer look at what the new iPhone 4S brings to the table:
The 4S looks exactly like its elder sibling, at least from the outside. However, this one is a tad heavier than the iPhone 4. The 4S weighs 140grams, while the 4 weighs 137 grams.
The same 3.5-inch Retina Display as the iPhone 4. The LED backlit IPS display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels.
Apart from the 16GB and 32GB versions, the 4S will also be available in a 64GB version.
BIG difference! The iPhone 4 had a 5MP camera that can do 720p HD video recording. The 4S gets an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording. Face Detection feature has also been added. We quote Apple on this one, “iPhone 4S includes a new custom lens, a larger f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid IR filter that produce sharper, brighter and more accurate images.”
Possibly the biggest upgrade over the iPhone 4- the 4S gets dual core power. The ARM Cortex A9 dual core 1GHz processor powers this one. The iPhone 4, in comparison, had a 1GHz single core ARM Cortex A8 processor.
And the RAM bit?
The iPhone 4 has 512 MB of RAM, and the iPhone 4S gets a bum up to 1GB. Need we explain in detail the expected performance improvement?
We sure hope you aren’t missing that inconspicuous by its absence iPhone 5 anymore. Because the 4S isn’t finished yet!
The 4S comes with the new iOS version out of the box. Agreed, the iPhone 4 will get the update as well, but the better processor and upgraded RAM will mean the 4S’ performance will be much better.
With the new OS comes the much awaited iMessage service. The Camera can now be accessed right from the lock screen itself. The updated Photos app lets users crop, rotate, enhance and remove red eye from the snaps before sending them along.
The 4S gets the voice control feature as well. You can enter text, get the weather update and even search the web. Currently works with English, French and German. Not confirmed if this feature will be available on the iPhone 4 as well.
While the same 1420 mAh battery has been carried forward from the iPhone 4, Apple claims that the 4S will offer 8 hours of talk time while on the 3G networks.
Pricing and availability
We will just quote Apple on this one. Guys, take it away…
“iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.*** iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, October 14 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4S beginning Friday, October 7. iPhone 4 will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS will be available for free with a two year contract. Siri will be available in beta on iPhone 4S in English (localized for US, UK and Australia), French and German. iOS 5 software will be available on October 12 as a free software update via iTunes 10.5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers. Prices above refer to the US. International iPhone pricing will be available closer to launch.
The iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.”