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Apple Announces iPhone 4S At Press Event

October 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm

iPhone 4S intro

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  The iPhone!  First up is Phil Schiller talking about the iPhone 4S.  That much is now confirmed.  The 4S will feature the same iPhone 4 design.  It has a retina display, glass front and back, and stainless steel band.  Under the hood some things have changed though.

iPhone 4S

It now runs the A5 CPU, as expected.  It is 2X faster, has 7X faster graphics than the iPhone 4, and will run games with great fluidity.  Infinity Blade 2 will debut on the iPhone 4S, from Epic Games.

Apple has put a lot of work into battery life with this model, and now boasts 8 hours of talk time on 3G, 12 hours on 2G, and 6 hours of 3G browsing.  Sorry folks, no 4G on the new iPhone!  The device can also now shift intelligently between transmitters to avoid loss of signal.  The new antenna setup should give you double the download speeds even on 3G.  Schiller says you can get 14.4Mbps download speeds over 3G, which is “what competitors claim when they talk about 4G.”  The iPhone 4S is also a world phone.  It features both CDMA and GSM radios.

The camera has been worked over too.  The iPhone 4 camera is still one of the most popular around, but the new one will beat it by a long shot.


So what’s new?  It’s an 8MP camera with 3264 x 2248 resolution.  An 8×10 photo will be printed out glossy and perfect.  It packs 60% more pixels than the current iPhone 4 camera.  It still has the backside illuminated sensor, that gathers 73% more light per pixel than the iPhone 4.  Capture rate is 33% faster as well.  They claim .5 sec between shots.

Schiller is also showing off photos taken with that new camera:

Taken with iPhone 4S

Taken with iPhone 4S

Taken with iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S can also record in 1080p!

Moving on, he discusses Airplay Mirroring on the new iPhone.

Airplay Mirroring

The iPhone 4S will start pre-orders on Friday the 7th, and will be available in 16, 32, and 64GB configurations for $199, $299, $399 respectively.  The device will launch officially on October 14th.

 The iPhone 4S will launch in several countries.

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