I feel a little bit weird about my recent articles regarding the upcoming iPhone model. That’s because, despite the Web being all over the rumors regarding the Apple iPhone 5, no one was really paying attention to the iPhone 4S. Apple dropped the bomb just recently and announced their upcoming product, the Apple iPhone 4S. Although it’s not exactly the second coming of the iPhone, the 4S is bringing a healthy amount of changes which should keep the device competitive when faced with the Android smartphone competition. What about the iPhone 5 though?
iPhone 4S Specs
The Apple iPhone 4S is getting a cool number of improvements to the older iPhone 4 which has been showing its age, especially in benchmarks as well as in features when compared to the latest generation Android smartphones which have been knocking the Apple device out of the court in terms of performance. As such, the Apple iPhone 4S is coming with the same chip currently found in the Apple iPad 2, the A5. This chip is a dual-core setup which allows you to get a healthy speed bump in terms of performance, however, its yet unknown what frequency this will be working at.
Amongst the changes, the iPhone 4S is also boasting up to 7 times the graphics performance of the previous model thanks to the new dual core Cortex A9 chip residing inside of it. Thanks to the new chip and the 8 megapixel rear-facing camera the iPhone 4S is now capable of recording 1080p full HD videos as well, while the picture quality has been greatly increased according to Apple. There have also been made improvements on the battery life, as the new iPhone 4S is supposed to go for up to 8 hours talk time in 3G, 9 hours of browsing on Wi-Fi, 10 hours for local video playback and 40 hours of music.
Storage has been upped all the way to 64GB as well, yet the option to throw in a micro SD card has still not been made available with the iPhone 4S. However, 64GB should suffice anyone in my view. The real big change with the iPhone 4S is the fact that it will come with Siri, a voice command and reader application, similar to the Google voice actions. The device will also come with dual CDMA/GSM support, so there won’t be a Verizon exclusive version running on CDMA. The download speeds can go up to 14.4Mbps on HSPA+, nothing exactly to write home about.
iPhone 4s Release Date
The iPhone 4S release date is set for the 14th of October on Verizon, AT&T as well as Sprint. Pricing is set at $200 for the 16GB version, $300 for the 32GB version and $400 for the 64GB version of the iPhone 4S. If you wanted to grab an iPhone 4, the pricing for this will drop to $100 for the 8GB model and the 3GS will most likely be available free-on-contract after the launch of the iPhone 4S.
My only question is – are these spec upgrades really enough to compete with the latest Android has been showing off? And what about the iPhone 5? I guess we’ll have to wait until the 14th of October to know more on that.
Are you excited about the upcoming iPhone 4S and will you be getting one or are you still hoping to see the iPhone 5 hit the market as well? Do you think there’s enough power in the 4S to compete with the latest Android devices? Drop us a line and stay tuned!