AfterDawn: Tech news

Apple unveils iPhone 4S

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 04 Oct 2011 13:58 User comments (35)

Apple unveils iPhone 4S New iPhone 4S is confirmed by Apple at 'Let's talk iPhone' event.
After being 'leaked' in an iTunes beta update, Apple has confirmed the existence of the iPhone 4S handset. It has been speculated that Apple would unveil a more affordable iPhone handset (though that's not exactly the case), as fierce rival Samsung has been showing strong growth driven by both high-end and low-end market sales of its devices.

On the outside, it features the same glass finish front and back, Retina Display clarity and the same stainless steel band on the edges. The iPhone 4S is driven by a dual-core A5 chip, as is the iPad 2, up to twice as fast as iPhone 4. It offers dual core graphics, seven times faster than iPhone 4.



To drive home the point about iPhone being a platform for gaming, Epic Games President Mike Capps took the stage to demonstrate Infinity Blade 2, an iOS exclusive. The game will be available from December 1.

For battery life, the iPhone 4S provides up to 8 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hours talk on 2G networks, 6 hours browsing on 3G networks, 9 hours browsing on Wi-Fi, 10 hours playing video and 40 hours pumping out music. The model can automatically switch between two antennas to improve call quality and provide faster data performance. It supports GSM and CDMA networks.

For data use, the iPhone 4S can provide up to 14.4Mbps download speeds, which is "just as fast as competitors claim for their 4G devices."

The handset features a new camera with an 8MP sensor, snapping images up to 3264 x 2448, 60% more pixels than possible with the iPhone 4. A new sensor also captures 73% more light with the new camera, while the capture speed is 33% quicker.

The iPhone 4S can record video up to 1080p resolution.



AirPlay Mirroring also allows you to play your video and on-screen content on a bigger screen, using a wireless connection. Using a new "Siri" companion feature, the iPhone 4S recognises speech commands. To differentiate it from other such systems, Phil Shiller demonstrated how Siri could "understand" different ways of asking the same question.

Siri "listens" if the user holds down the Home button on the iPhone 4S. Questions about the weather, for example, will be recognized and forecast information given back immediately, while questions such as "What time is it in Paris?" will get both an on-screen answer and voice answer. Setting an alarm for 6AM by saying "Wake me up tomorrow at 6AM," was also demonstrated.

Siri will also respond to requests for directions, locations, stock price information and more. On the iPhone 4S keyboard, there is now a microphone set next to the keyboard so you can dictate messages and other text input by voice instead. It apparently improves over time as it learns your voice, and works in English, French and German.



The iPhone 4S comes in black and white models, priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, with a two year contract in the U.S. It will be available from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint from October 14, (pre-orders from October 7).

It will also launch in the UK, Canada, France, Australia, Germany and Japan on the same day, with 22 other countries on October 28. By the end of 2011, it will be available in 70 countries through over 100 carriers.

Tags: iPhone 4S
Previous Next  

35 user comments

14.10.2011 14:35

WOW really not what i expected. They have confirmed their status as morons.
This device is already WAAAY out dated. You can pick up a GS2 with a much faster cpu right now. This is so bad for apple. Sad to say many a moron will want this backward device thinking its the new revolution!


XXYYQQOO!!! Yeah WELCOME TO JAMROCK

24.10.2011 15:12

They're taking the same path as iPhone 3G/3Gs. It's just so they can make money before the iPhone 5 comes out.

34.10.2011 15:17

Absolute junk. Even Apple fanboys can't back up an argument that this is "good."


44.10.2011 15:19

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Absolute junk. Even Apple fanboys can't back up an argument that this is "good."
Stick with the iPhone 4, use my upgrade to get the iPhone 4S and resell it and make a ton of money. Mission accomplished.

54.10.2011 15:25

actually not... This is not a huge improvement but is an improvement, software wise seems to be great, spec wise is the same as what we see now, for now this seems to put then in the same level as Android... The story will change depending on what Google will show next week... My first Nexus is coming and I hope it meet expectations, Very exciting moment!



64.10.2011 15:32

Apple is always lake with their hardware "Enhancements". Android had dual core for several months.

74.10.2011 15:34

Ilove my iPhone 4 and was looking forward to a new release. So I guess that I will have to keep that 500.00 in my hip pocket. Its no wonder that they wanted to keep this a secret until release day as its just a load of crap about nothing. There won't be a lot of people prebooking this lemon.

84.10.2011 15:41

Originally posted by i1der:
actually not... This is not a huge improvement but is an improvement, software wise seems to be great, spec wise is the same as what we see now, for now this seems to put then in the same level as Android... The story will change depending on what Google will show next week... My first Nexus is coming and I hope it meet expectations, Very exciting moment!
People didn't wait 15 months to get a basic improvement to bring the phone up to par with low end Android devices. iPhone 4 users will get iOS 5 next week so this "new" phone is a complete waste. I feel bad for Sprint who just dropped $20 billion for a company that is clearly losing their speed of innovation.

corekid, flipping this phone for $300 cash profit is about all this is good for if you are happy with your current device. Good call.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Oct 2011 @ 15:42

94.10.2011 15:43

Originally posted by DVDBack23:

corekid, flipping this phone for $300 cash profit is about all this is good for if you are happy with your current device. Good call.
It's actually much more, you'll get the non-contract price for it which will be around $600.

104.10.2011 15:47

Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:

corekid, flipping this phone for $300 cash profit is about all this is good for if you are happy with your current device. Good call.
It's actually much more, you'll get the non-contract price for it which will be around $600.
I was under the impression you couldn't get an Apple device for under $200 even with contract upgrade.

114.10.2011 15:51

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:

corekid, flipping this phone for $300 cash profit is about all this is good for if you are happy with your current device. Good call.
It's actually much more, you'll get the non-contract price for it which will be around $600.
I was under the impression you couldn't get an Apple device for under $200 even with contract upgrade.
http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/upl...ear-580x386.jpg

124.10.2011 16:06

Originally posted by xyqo:
WOW really not what i expected. They have confirmed their status as morons.
This device is already WAAAY out dated. You can pick up a GS2 with a much faster cpu right now. This is so bad for apple. Sad to say many a moron will want this backward device thinking its the new revolution!
agree mate

134.10.2011 16:25

Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:

corekid, flipping this phone for $300 cash profit is about all this is good for if you are happy with your current device. Good call.
It's actually much more, you'll get the non-contract price for it which will be around $600.
I was under the impression you couldn't get an Apple device for under $200 even with contract upgrade.
http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/upl...ear-580x386.jpg
That reply was silly, of course you can get a 2 year old 3GS for free...I meant a NEW device, clearly.

144.10.2011 16:26

Well it just shows you that they're pretty cheap with a contract.

154.10.2011 16:27

Wow I'm really underwhelmed by this. Prior to this announcement I was even contemplating going back to AT&T to get one.

On October 14th I'll be at T-Mobile getting the Galaxy SII instead of the iPhone 4S.

Their iOS 5 is a bigger upgrade than the phone itself.

164.10.2011 17:03

Eh, I'm stuck with probably picking up this underwhelming device, as I still have a 3G and need an upgrade. I know what everyone else will say, but between me and the wife, we have 2 iPhones and lots of time and money invested in the iPhone product, which is hard to toss away and start new with an Android IMO.

What does everyone else think?

174.10.2011 17:39

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Eh, I'm stuck with probably picking up this underwhelming device, as I still have a 3G and need an upgrade. I know what everyone else will say, but between me and the wife, we have 2 iPhones and lots of time and money invested in the iPhone product, which is hard to toss away and start new with an Android IMO.

What does everyone else think?
I would start from fresh as soon be possible and stop dumping my money into a Crapple Co. who's keep milking people like always and clearly is going down !

Disappointments of the iPhone 4S...."S" for Sux !
http://cnet.co/qt3IP1
http://bit.ly/qnKzTe
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Oct 2011 @ 23:39

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

184.10.2011 17:48

Originally posted by Mrguss:
Originally posted by SProdigy:
Eh, I'm stuck with probably picking up this underwhelming device, as I still have a 3G and need an upgrade. I know what everyone else will say, but between me and the wife, we have 2 iPhones and lots of time and money invested in the iPhone product, which is hard to toss away and start new with an Android IMO.

What does everyone else think?
I would start from fresh as soon be possible and stop dumping my money into a Crapple Co. that keep milking people like always and clearly is going down !
How are they milking me exactly? If you told me AT&T was milking me, then yes, that would be true, or if it were Verizon or any of the other telcos.

Sorry, I just take issue with people pointing fingers at Apple, Sony, Microsoft, etc. It's not like I have to pay a subscription fee to use the darn thing!

194.10.2011 17:58

If you're using a 3G right now then this a huge upgrade and since you have already purchased many Apps for iOS then I would recommend you get the 4S.

I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. The 3GS was this same type of upgrade over the 3G. It's best to upgrade iOS devices every other year.

204.10.2011 18:06

Originally posted by ZeusAV:
If you're using a 3G right now then this a huge upgrade and since you have already purchased many Apps for iOS then I would recommend you get the 4S.

I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. The 3GS was this same type of upgrade over the 3G. It's best to upgrade iOS devices every other year.
That's my feeling too. The "in-between" upgrades aren't worth what they're charging. I'm a little underwhelmed by the pricing too. $200 for the low-end is a bit much IMO.

214.10.2011 19:25

Quote:
Absolute junk. Even Apple fanboys can't back up an argument that this is "good."
They all over on IGN.com arguing how innovative this is. BAH waist of breath to advise them how it's not.

224.10.2011 20:59

3 words P.O.S.


Being nice always has its own consequences

234.10.2011 23:23

ROFL...I needed a good laugh.

Now, does anyone have the real specs? I know they wouldn't actually make another 3G handset with that same crummy antenna setup and such a slow processor. Even a company dumb enough to refuse flash support wouldn't do that.



244.10.2011 23:28

Originally posted by KillerBug:
ROFL...I needed a good laugh.

Now, does anyone have the real specs?
iPhone 4S Vs. the Android competition:
http://androidcommunity.com/iphone-4s-v...ition-20111004/
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Oct 2011 @ 2:20

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

254.10.2011 23:37

Originally posted by Mysttic:
Quote:
Absolute junk. Even Apple fanboys can't back up an argument that this is "good."
They all over on IGN.com arguing how innovative this is. BAH waist of breath to advise them how it's not.

Yep, complete waste of time. As has been said in this thread, it is a HUGE upgrade from the 3GS, but anyone with an iPhone 4 (or a low-end Android device) need not apply. The worst part is that it took them 15 months (from the launch of the iPhone 4) to come up with all the "innovation" of today's announcement. This will, of course, buy Apple some time, but the iPhone 5 better turn some heads next summer or I fear that the company will begin to lose some of its "luster" into the future.

264.10.2011 23:51

Nah saying it

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by Mysttic:
Quote:
Absolute junk. Even Apple fanboys can't back up an argument that this is "good."
They all over on IGN.com arguing how innovative this is. BAH waist of breath to advise them how it's not.

Yep, complete waste of time. As has been said in this thread, it is a HUGE upgrade from the 3GS, but anyone with an iPhone 4 (or a low-end Android device) need not apply. The worst part is that it took them 15 months (from the launch of the iPhone 4) to come up with all the "innovation" of today's announcement. This will, of course, buy Apple some time, but the iPhone 5 better turn some heads next summer or I fear that the company will begin to lose some of its "luster" into the future.
Nah I wouldn't call it a huge upgrade over the 3GS if it isn't from the 4... I thought the 3GS and 4 ran at basically the same speed because the 4 had the faster processor but also ran everything at a higher resolution and such. At least that's what I was told once.

*\\\****//\\\***//\\\*****
**\\\**//**\\\*//**\\\*******
***\\\//****\\\ ****\\\****

275.10.2011 0:00

I don't understand what does the 4 in "4S" stand for? Isn't this their 5th generation iPhone? Will they call their 6th gem iPhone, the iPhone 5?


"Cable thief is a victimless crime."

285.10.2011 1:40

They call it the "4" because it makes their customers think they are buying 4G phones. The "S" stands for a 4-letter word that I won't post.



295.10.2011 1:54

I'm not trying to offend anyone, but even if this phone could make you breakfast and kiss you good night you still wouldn't like it because it's Apple. The biggest anti fanboy is truly a fanboy themselves (just for the opposite side).

305.10.2011 4:24

The fact is that it can't make you breakfast...it can't even play a f**king flash video. The fact that these things sell for $300 with contract when much more capable Android phones sell for $200 with contract is an enigma...what rational person would buy one of these?

I almost bought an Apple TV box...but it took so long to get a non-tethered jailbreak that I lost interest. I will say that although I don't actually need such a device, Apple TV is unquestionably better than google TV. If apple offered good products and remotely reasonable prices, and allowed adults to turn off the censorship that prevents porn and flash and the NIN app and other such things, I would have an iPhone....so I'll probably never have an iPhone because they will probably never do any of those things, let alone all of them.



315.10.2011 8:24

business as usual. an incremental update with one cool feature that the old line up doesn't get. the specs are good for iOS and people will probably buy them in droves.

also, a low-end android device is at least as bad as a 3Gs. don't forget you can still get phones with 600Mhz processors running gingerbread and froyo. anything under 1Ghz is garbage for android.


edit for spelling

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2011 @ 8:26

325.10.2011 8:44

This phone will have a 3 YEAR old design at the end of a two year contract. Not to mention, no one will know that you have a new phone. You'll be showing it off and no one tech savy will understand the difference. : \ this is coming from an iPhone user as well.

Then someone will whip out a bigger 4G android phone putting yours to shame after iCS. The thing is there are really much more capable handsets on the market but this thing will still sell well. I feel bad for the people who pay 400 bucks for the 64gb version just to be embarrassed when quad-core phones are literally a few months away.


"Cable thief is a victimless crime."

335.10.2011 9:06

Originally posted by CNDLG:
I'm not trying to offend anyone, but even if this phone could make you breakfast and kiss you good night you still wouldn't like it because it's Apple. The biggest anti fanboy is truly a fanboy themselves (just for the opposite side).
That's not really true. If they released something unique and actually innovative, I'd be down. I loved iPods and everything when they first showed up, and the iPhone is what got me interested in smart phones; hell, digital music probably wouldn't be where it is, and Android certainly not, if it weren't for Apple. But at this point, they take two-year-old technology, wrap it in black plastic, glass, and an aluminum strip, then sell it for damned near the same amount as new devices pushing the current limit. Then they take the industry standard for delivering streaming content and spout some hypocritical garbage about it being proprietary and closed, and bam! Your $3-600 device can only effectively use like 25% of the web. Now HTML5 is starting to give some helpful alternatives, but that calls for a LOT of re-engineering (and therefore time) to get the web-majority caught up.

No, if they actually drove the industry as they did a decade ago, I would cut them some slack. But they're just another out-dating model suing everybody to hell and back so that their proprietary platform doesn't die out; they have gone from setting standards higher, to not allowing better standards to be set.

SProdigy, they're not milking you through monthly fees, they're milking you through grossly old and overpriced hardware being sold at grossly new and over-the-top prices. When (if) they catch up to the SGSII and Nexus Prime in a year or two and there are Android devices twice as capable, you'll pay the same as these new capable devices for old news and most likely there will still be an antenna problem somewhere >.>

345.10.2011 9:40

As a web developer I'm happy in one way that Flash isn't supported and sad in another. Flash is a resource hog and incredibly bloated; both would spell doom for most smart phones and crappy data bandwidth. In other words, I feel they took the correct route.

However... the iPad is what really irks me. You're right about the pricing points and the iPhone is really only priced how it is because it has the Apple logo and helps inflate the iPad price. The iPad is a neat device, but when it comes down to it, it's not a laptop replacement, which my boss quickly found out. But since Apple decided to not support Flash on that device either, and toss in a few iOS specific CSS tags, that just gives me extra stuff to consider (and time to waste) when trying to make my sites compliant cross-platform.

And HTML5 has some ideas, but they are not mature enough. Just try to create a custom video player that will work on everything; not as easy as it was with Flash support. Ironically, Apple has basically handcuffed me to using YouTube, which is owned by their competitor. Nice.

355.10.2011 11:14

I have a feeling the I-phone 5 will be suddenly announced about the time people get their pre-orders in for the I-phone 4S.

Im not currently in the market, but there is no way I would buy this thing knowing that Apple is about to dump the 5 on the market very soon. After all, cases are already being made for the 5.

Comments have been disabled for this article.

News archive