Today, Apple announced the iPhone 4S at the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event but there is no iPhone 5, yet. The exterior of the iPhone 4S is almost identical to the iPhone 4, but the iPhone 4S sports some new hardware inside.
The iPhone 4S has a dual-core A5 processor, which will allow the device to run graphics up to seven times faster than prior models. That will allow for a better gaming experience and 1080p video playback (A4 would only allow 720p).
The iPhone 4S is a world phone, meaning it has a baseband chip that will work on both GSM and CDMA networks. Previous iPhones would only work on one network GSM or CDMA networks. The 8-megapixel camera is also an improvement from the 5-megapixel camera in the iPhone 4. The battery life is almost the same as the iPhone 4 except the iPhone 4S get 8 hours of 3G talk time, where the iPhone 4 gets 7 hours.
The major new feature unveiled with the iPhone 4S is Siri.
Siri an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With Siri, iPhone 4S owners can hit their home button, and ask about the time, weather, or to make a phone call. You can also get answers, find facts and even perform complex calculations just by asking.
The iPhone 4S will be priced at $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for a 64GB model, with a two-year contract. Pre-orders for the 4S start this Friday, October 7th and they will begin shipping on October 14th.
The 8GB iPhone 3GS will now be free and there’s also a 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 thats been added to the line up, both require a 2 year contract.
Apple also revealed the iPhone 4S will be available to Sprint customers as well as AT&T and Verizon in the US. The iPhone 4S will first roll out to the following countries on October 14th; US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.
The iPhone 4S will be available 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.