It had to be some sort of disappointment when iPhone 4S got revealed as most were expecting iPhone 5 instead. In any case, this did not stop iPhone 4S to be sold in over four million in just three days after its launch on October 14. So much about disappointment about iPhone 5.
The device was revealed on October 4, 2011, and by the end of release cycle it should be available on 100 carriers in 70 countries in total.
While missing to get out with the bigger screen and possibly thinner design, Apple’s winner came out with more power under it shell:
- Faster processor – 1 GHz Dual-core Apple A5, underclocked to 800 MHz
- Better camera – 8-megapixel
- More storage space – up to 64 GB
- Siri – voice recognizing and talking assistant
The dual core Apple A5 processor is definitely an improvement over its predecessor – single core Apple A4 which was used i iPhone 4. The memory stayed the same though – 512 MB.
The camera can shoot 8MP still photos – 3264 by 2448 pixels. It can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second with higher quality because of its additional lens, IR filter and Image signal processor which is a part of A5 processor. The built-in gyroscope helps in stabilizing camera while making a video.
While preserving the 16 and 32 GB models, Apple has added the 64 GB model. This will give more options to those that want to store more photos, music, videos, movies, and finally to install more applications.
Siri is your already known voice recognizing and talking assistant which is actually the application that uses natural language processing to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to an expanding set of web services. First reviewers of iPhone 4S liked how it was integrated into the iOS 5, although they still found it in a need of improvements. At the end, it’s still in its Beta – work in progress.
Just to mention iCloud here, the successor of Mobile Me. The cloud-based system allows users to store music, photos, applications, documents, Safari bookmarks, iBooks and contacts, as well as serving as a platform for Apple’s email servers and calendars. First 5 GB is free, while more space requires you to pay for the service.