After months of speculation, Apple finally revealed the the new iPhone. The bad news is, it’s not an iPhone 5 as I have suspected in my previous post. What Apple unveiled is an iPhone 4S, technically just a refresh of the current iPhone 4. The 4S looks exactly like its predecessor which I know disappointed a lot of Apple fans. The good news, however, is that Apple has made the iPhone 4S quite a formidable phone with its features.
The iPhone 4S has the same 3.5-inch Retina display but it now has a dual-core A5 processor, a new dual-core GPU that boosts graphics performance by up to 7x, an improved antenna, dual-mode CDMA and GSM radio, and an 8 megapixel camera. Apart for being upgraded to 8 megapixels, the iPhone’s shooter now has a backside illuminated CMOS sensor for better low-light performance and comes with a new 5-element assembly with a hybrid IR filter capable of apertures up to f/2.4. This translates to better video capture as the iPhone 4S can now record 1080p video.
What may excite most is the addition of iOS 5 and Siri, a virtual assistant. What Siri does is allow the user to enter text, check the weather, get directions or perform web searches – not by typing but by dictation.
Here is the official iPhone 4S video from Apple.
For a preview of Siri, see the video below.
The iPhone 4S will come in black and white, and are priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for 64GB, all of course on contract. They are available for pre-order in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK by October 14. It will roll out 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.
No word yet on availability in the Philippines.