04 OCT

Apple announces iPhone 4S, iOS 5 Release Date, More

by Marianne Schultz
 

Apple held a press event today where several announcements were made, including the debut of the successor to the iPhone 4, dubbed the iPhone 4S, a release date for iOS 5 and a demonstration of the new voice-centric Siri Assistant feature that will be part of iOS 5.




Apple announced that the iPhone 4S will be available in both black and white versions starting October 14 in the U.S. and a handful of other countries. Pre-orders will begin on October 7. It will cost $199 for the16GB model, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB with a 2-year contract. In the U.S., Sprint will get the iPhone 4S, along with existing carriers AT&T and Verizon.

iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.”

The iPhone 4S will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and in 70 countries by the end of 2012.

The device’s design is the same as the current iPhone 4 but it features upgraded internals, including Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, an 8 megapixel camera that will be able to capture 1080p HD video, and a redesigned antenna. The iPhone 4S will also be a world phone with both CDMA and GSM cellular radios, eliminating the need for a separate iPhone model for Verizon and other CDMA networks.

iOS 5 will be released on October 12. It will be a free update and will be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th-generation iPod touches.

A rather lengthy demo of a new feature that was not previewed at WWDC in June, Siri Assistant, was also shown at the event today. Assistant is a voice-centric feature that will be able to handle a wide variety of tasks, such as reading and dictating text messages, setting appointments and reminders, completing internet searches and more. Assistant is in beta right now and will work with English, French and German to start with additional languages supported in the future.

The integration of Siri into iOS 5 is not entirely surprising following Apple’s acquisition of the company in early 2010 though it had been excluded from builds of iOS 5 available to date.

The iPod touch saw only a minor update today, getting a new color (white) and lower pricing.

10 Comments

  1. Janifer

    Wow, I just bought iphone 4 32GB only 10 months ago.
    Now, my iphone is already old model..

    Anyway, iphone 4s is look really exciting to me, especially the camera movie stabilizer.

  2. Apollo

    iOS 5 runs like poo on 3Gs. At least the iOS 5 beta 7 does. It’s slowed my phone down to a crawl, and that’s with a fresh install. Even when you swipe screen to screen it lags. I hope it’s drastically faster on the 4 and 4S. Maybe it’s just the beta that’s lagging, we’ll see when it releases.

  3. Sahaj

    I bought a iphone 4 a week ago
    and now it is outdated

  4. Ross

    1month ago I got iPhone 4

  5. Trevor

    I JUST saw a lady with a iPhone 4s in disneyland!!

    She was foreign so that could be why.

    But still how are they already out? I KNOW it was the 4s

  6. Steve

    It doesn’t matter what phone you buy, it will always be outdated within a few days or months. I bought a 3Gs knowing the 4 was coming with in a couple of months. I just didn’t want to wait to get an iPhone.

    And you cannot know it is a 4s just because you saw it. You will physically not be able to tell the difference by looking at them. The 4 and 4s look exactly alike. And when you put iOS 5 on the 4, you still won’t be able to tell the difference.

  7. chris

    if you just bought the phone go return it. AT&T (if that is where you bought it) has a 30 day return policy, you will have to pay a restocking fee though

  8. Colin Kanady

    Actually it is the 6th phone. 1, 2, 3, 3s, 4, 4s. And there is no reason to think the next phone will not be called the iPhone 5 if you follow Apple’s naming.

  9. Marianne Schultz

    @Colin.

    Um, no. :) There have been 5 iPhone models to date since 2007: the iPhone (often called the 2G because of its cellular data network connectivity), the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. This Wikipedia entry covers them all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphone

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