So today in the tech world, not much happened. There was a slight dip in the stock and……. Alright, Apple announced the new iPhone, iPhone 4S. Lets take it from the top before I get to my opinion. The design is the same. 3.5” Retina screen, white or black glass however the antennas have been redesigned to auto switch at any time to prevent the antenna bug etc. The hardware only some has changed, it has an A5 Chip so it is super fast. It has a new 8 megapixel camera with 1080P video recording with a 2.4 Aperture and better white balance and colors so it’s super awesome looking and a massive resolution. IT is a world phone so you can travel anywhere with GSM and CDMA and Apple only needs to manufacture one phone then. The memory has been upgrade. $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. Honestly, it should be $199 for 32GB and $299 for 64GB since Android phones you can expand the memory and $399 is expensive for 64GB.
In terms of Software it will be running iOS5 with iCloud, for current iPhone users, iOS5 will be out October 12th along with iCloud for 3Gs, iPhone 4 and iPads etc. It has this new voice control feature called “Siri” where the iPhone 4S pretty much becomes your personal assistant as it’s a lot more personal speech to text and it does talk back to you. The personal assistant will be there at launch but however it will be in Beta. By beta they mean only available in English, French and German which is fine for most and they will be adding more languages. Apple decided to keep the iPhone 4 and 3Gs around with the 3Gs being free and the iPhone 4 being $99 on contract. In Ireland the 3Gs costs €350 sim free and the iPhone 4 is €500 sim free.
My thoughts on all of this: Apple really un-delivered and if this is the way things are in the future. I think Apple has a bad year ahead of them. Granted this launch could be like the 3Gs where they undelivered too but the big difference is it’s 2011! People need to keep buying these iPhones and every year the bar needs to be raised high, I mean I’m very excited at the Google Nexus Prime with all it’s bells and whistles like NFC etc. If your an iPhone 4 user, just don’t upgrade, I can’t make that any clearer. If your rocking an iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs it’s a perfect time to upgrade as you should have upgraded to the iPhone 4 so the iPhone 4s is even better. I don’t think the cues will be this big this year and Apples stock dropped like a fly. The iPhone 4s is pre-order october 7th and is released the 14th in the US. Other countries 50 including Ireland will be october 28th and 100 countries by December. No word on international pricing announced yet.
Bottom Line: You wont see me in the cue October 28th, but my Mom with her 3G will probably be cueing!
Article by Lee-Loi Chieng, Source: Apple