Today was the big new product announcement day from Apple. More importantly as Steve Jobs stepped aside earlier this year, this was a milestone in the person leading the presentation of the new iPhone 4S; Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook. Perhaps to some in the tech world this was a bit of a let down, the iPhone many were expecting was the iPhone 5. None the less the iPhone 4S brought forward a maturation and increased options in an already popular product.
Highlights of the new phone are:
new faster processor… stated to be the same as the iPod processor which gives it faster graphical response.
Includes an 8 mega-pixel rear-facing camera which is an upgrade of the previous 5 mega-pixel.
now available on Sprint’s wireless network, in addition to AT&T and Verizon.
runs on HSPA+ networks, which means download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, and uploads reaching 5.8 Mbps
Voice-Activated Digital Assistant called Siri. A sort of female version of HAL 9000 with connections to Yelp for locating nearby places of interest using your phone GPS data.
16 GB of storage starts at $200 with a two-year wireless contract; the 64 GB model costs $400.
If you have Apple TV plugged in, you can use wireless to stream photos and play videos from iPhone on a larger screen TV. If you don’t have Apple TV, you can use an HDMI cable.
Some people will compare this iPhone with other hand-helds such as Galaxy SII, HTC Sensation, DROID BIONIC or G2X. As I pointed out prior to this blog entry, when the iPhone 3 was announced, the biggest advantage any hardware vendor can legitimately claim is the availability of application software. The usefulness for any product is in what it can do to assist. Perhaps this isn’t as important to some as which one is the fastest, lightest, larger screen, etc. For me, the iPhone is the lead dog with more applications. The iPhone 4s is offered contractually with insurance for the accidental, I dropped the phone moments many of us have.
An on-line pre-sale for the phone begins on Friday, October 7; the phone will become available in stores on October 14th.
The new iOS 5 launch date is set to be October 12th. The iOS 5 software will be free for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch 3rd and 4th generations.
Apple announced iOS 5 update will permit the iPhone & iPad through iDevice to operate completely separate from a PC, making them a true netbook competitor.
The iPhone 4 will still be available with 8Gbyte of memory at $99.