At it’s ‘Let’s talk iPhone’ event Apple has announced the launch of the iPhone 4S which will be available from October 14th. The new iPhone will come equipped with a dual-core A5 processor, dual CDMA / GSM and will include Siri voice control. Prices after the break.
Tim Cook started off the show with some interesting statistics:
- There have been six million Lion downloads to since it’s launch
- “the MacBook Pro and iMac are the number one best selling notebook and desktop in the United States”
- 16 billion songs have been downloaded from iTunes
- 300 million iPods have been sold
- 250 million iOS devices have been sold
Scott Forstall then gave us the news that iOS 5 will be launched on October 12th.
Then came the big news of the day when Tim took the wraps of a sparkling new iPhone 4S.
The 4S has the same form factor as the 4, just as all the speculation expected, so no larger screen. All the changes are under the skin:
- Storage space is up from 8GB to 16, 32 and 64 MB
- The processor is upgraded from A4 to A5
- The main Camera is upgraded from 5 megapixel AF with flash to 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture
- The secondary camera has its frame rate upped to 30fps
- Video recording resolution up from 720 to 1080
- Cellular connectivity goes from ‘Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA’ to ‘Hybrid GSM / CDMA “World Phone”, Bluetooth 4.0′
Engadget has compared the 4S with suitable competition: the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid Bionic and the HTC Titan. In this company the Apple iPhone S4 appears to fall short in some respects:
- The slowest processor (in purely MHz terms)
- The least RAM
- The smallest display
- Lowest spec secondary camera
- Embedded battery
But stands out in others:
- The highest storage capacity
- Highest screen resolution
This comparison concentrates on hardware. But what about the software upgrades?
The 4S is the first iPhone to come with Siri, Apple’s new assistant that provides a voice interface for just about everything you can do on an iPhone. Reports from the event claim that the performance of Siri under test was every bit as good as Tim Cook’s demo.
Apple now has a range of three iPhones prices as follows:
- iPhone 3: Free
- iPhone 4:$99
- iPhone 4S:
- 16MB: $199
Of course all these comparisons will have to be revised once Samsung announces its new phone next Tuesday!