iPhone4s Apple launches the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S has finally landed and it seems like most of the changes has taken place on the inside and as expected, Apple updated it with the same Apple A5 processor as the iPad 2. Apple claims up to twice the performance and up to seven times faster graphics compared to the iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4S has finally landed and it seems like most of the changes has taken place on the inside and as expected, Apple updated it with the same Apple A5 processor as the iPad 2. Apple claims up to twice the performance and up to seven times faster graphics compared to the iPhone 4.

By now you've probably figured out that performance should be slightly faster than the iPad 2 thanks to the slightly lower resolution screen (960×640 vs 1024×768). Apple is touting the iPhone 4S as a great gaming device thanks to the PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics core from Imagination Technologies, although once again it should be similar to the iPad 2 in terms of graphics performance.

Apple claims up to 8h 3G talk time, or 14h 2G talk time, alternatively 6h of web browsing over 3G or 9h over Wi-Fi. It's also meant to do either 10h of video playback or 40h of music playback. That's a slight improvement over the iPhone 4 in terms of 3G talk time, but slightly worse for Wi-Fi web browsing. On the plus side, Apple has added support for 14.4Mbps HSDPA (the iPhone 4 supports 7.2Mbps) although the HSUPA speed remains the same at 5.8Mbps. For those in CDMA countries the really good news is that the iPhone 4S is what is generally referred to as a World Phone, as in it works on both CDMA and GSM/WCDMA networks.

The camera has been boosted from 5Megapixels of the iPhone 4 to 8Megapixles for the iPhone 5. The new CMOS sensor has backside illumination which Apple claims can capture 73 percent more light. Furthermore the new camera captures pictures 33 percent faster and it has a new hybrid IR filter that's said to offer better colour accuracy and better colour uniformity. Apple has also kitted out the camera with a new f/2.4 lens with five lens elements that the company claims is 30 percent sharper. Add to this a new image signal processor in the A5 SoC that adds face detection and 26 percent improved white balance and a 1.1 second time to first shot and 0.5 second shot to shot and you're looking at a pretty serious phone snapper.

iPhone4s Apple launches the iPhone 4S

 

Apple has finally caught up with the competition, but not overtaken them by adding 1080p video recording support to the iPhone 4S, as well as video stabilization (electronic we guess) and something the company calls temporal noise reduction. Finally Apple added support for AirPlay mirroring which means that you can play games on the big screen, although we're not sure how popular this feature would be, as although the iPhone has some of the best handheld games out there, we doubt that they'll look good on a 1080p screen.

The most talked about feature ahead of the launch was Apple's new voice assistant and it's called Siri. It's a speech recognition and voice command feature that allows you to give voice commands to your phone. As to how well this will work for non-native speakers or those with a strong accent or dialect is yet to be seen and we can imagine the amount of problems Siri will suffer from. Siri will work with UK, US and Australian English as well as French and German at launch, but Apple is promising to add more languages over time. There's no doubt Apple has spent a lot of resources on developing Siri, it's just that every single voice command or speech recognition system we've ever used over the year has proven to have some kind of issues.

Siri offers a lot of advanced features that we haven't seen from other voice command programs and it's clear that Apple is taking advantage of the CPU power on offer from the A5 SoC. Things like reminder can be set to a specific location and Siri remember who specific people are. We'd presume that there's something of a learning curve here where some things have to be set up manually before Siri can do some of the tasks on offer, but at least some of the functionality appears to be pretty handy.

That's about it for the iPhone 4S, it'll be available in black or white and it'll of course run iOS 5. The 16GB model is going for US$199, the 32GB for US$299 and a much hoped for 64GB version for US$399. At the same time the 8GB iPhone 3GS is now available for free while there's a new 8GB iPhone 4 available for US$99, all prices includes a two year contract tie-in of course. The iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order on October 7th with initial availability in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany and Japan on the 14th with another 22 countries – including Singapore-  added on the 28th and another 70 countries before the end of the year. It seems like the iPhone 5 rumours weren't true after all…

For more detailed coverage from the event, we suggest you hit up Engadget.

Source: Apple