Everybody who’s not working for Apple were expecting for the iPhone 5 announcement in today’s Apple keynote but all we got is the iPhone 4S. Yep, the highlight of the keynote is the iPhone 4S after recapping what was announced in WWDC last June, a bunch of so-so updates on the iPod nano and iPod Touch. No iPhone 5.
No iPhone 5 news didn’t really mean that the iPhone 4S announcement was a letdown. Well in a way, yes, but still the hardware upgrade they did on the iPhone 4S is something that’s worth talking about. There’s nothing different physically with the iPhone 4, the magic happens on the inside.
The iPhone 4S is powered by the new A5 chip dual-core processor and its dual-core graphics which is said to be seven times faster as that of the iPhone 4. Good news for the gamers who enjoy playing 3D games on the iPhone.
Then there’s also the much-improved camera. They really did quite a number here. The iPhone 4 was already a good camera on its own but the iPhone 4S will going to kick things up a notch or two.
Apple bumped the megapixel count from 5 to 8 but we all know higher megapixel doesn’t really equate to better picture. So Apple also changed the sensor to a backside illuminated CMOS so more light (73%) could come in and it’s now faster too. Then they included a hybrid IR filter for better colors and upgraded it to what they call a five-element lens which gives you more sharper photos and a f/2.4 aperture. Hello indoor shots. Apple also designed a new Image Signal Processor for face detection and better white balance. Basically, the camera on the iPhone 4S will rock!
Other upgrades include better battery life, improved wireless performance including support for both GSM and CDMA for the frequent travelers out there. iPhone 4S will also have 1080p HD video recording and of course, the highly-anticipated iOS 5.
Lastly, Apple demoed Siri, the amazing personal assistant for the iPhone 4S. It intelligently responds to a lot of voice commands that are spoken naturally. You can say “œWake me up at 6AM” and Siri will set your alarm clock for you. Ask for the weather forecast to a certain place or the time in a different country and Siri will have the answer for you.
It’s really, really impressive based on the demo they did. You can have Siri send text messages for you, create or cancel appointments, search the web, play a certain song, read your message or e-mail, look for Greek restaurants or gas stations nearby.
If there are three things that you would compel you to get the iPhone 4S, it’s the faster chip, better camera and Siri in any order. It’s not the iPhone 5 that we expected from this keynote but the iPhone 4S is still impressive on its own right. The iPhone 4S will either come in black or white and at 16GB, 32GB and 64GB version. Will keep you posted with local pricing and availability once we have them.