Apple’s Intermediate Step: iPhone 4S

by Aditya on October 11, 2011

So the word is finally out, and it’s not what many had expected. It is again an intermediate step between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Honestly, I always had this intuition that it’ll not be iPhone 5 but something in between what we happen to call now ‘iPhone 4S’. But who am I to say now that it’s out. Anyways, moving along; for those who are disappointed- don’t be, because in the same iPhone 4 body, it’s a remarkable combination of software + hardware. And that’s what I’m going to tell you.

Among the 200 new features as Apple says, here’s a list of 4 noteworthy elements of software and hardware combined that makes this device more powerful.

The Apple A5 Chipset

It has the same dual core chipset that comes in the iPad 2. Additionally, it has been improved even more. So all you folks out there who have already used the iPad 2 now know what performance to expect from iPhone 4S. And those of you, who haven’t used an iPad 2, believe me- it’s sweet. Even after running many applications in the background, the dual core chipset handles processes exceptionally well.

8 MP Camera with improved Optics

iPhone 4S comes equipped with a 8 Mega Pixel camera. But that isn’t anything new given the fact that many other smartphones have 8MP’s or more! Or is it?Again, it’s not just about the MP’s; it’s about the technology behind those MP’s which builds the image. And Apple has lived up to its reputation.

As you can see in the image, the camera has an added on 5th lens which makes the image crispier. Plus the aperture size has been increased to let more light in. In effect, the image is neat, sharper and more detailed.

Apple Siri

This is a new technology introduced in the iOS 5* which is one of the key factors in pushing the benchmark of mobile operating systems even more. It acts like an assistant and responds and reacts to the commands given by the user. The smart AI behind it makes it even better.  It learns how the user interacts with the device and performs constant evaluations to its functioning.

Seeing the videos, it sure looks intelligent and very effective in voice recognition.

*The only downside is- that this service requires a significant amount of computing memory which unfortunately isn’t available on the previous iPhones. So people with iPhone 4 and 3GS will have to take it with a grain of salt or will have get an iPhone 4S.

The iCloud

It’s a service introduced in the iOS 5 which stores all your data from contacts, calendars, music, notes, apps etc. and synchronizes it to all your iOS devices over the air. So next time you won’t have to find your USB cable to dock you iDevice into your PC or MAC, it’ll automatically sync every item seamlessly as long as you are on the internet.

History repeats itself; we have seen this happening before. iPhone 4 was a breakthrough over iPhone 3GS which was trailed by iPhone 3G. Now putting iPhone 4 in the place of iPhone 3G and iPhone 4S in place of iPhone 3GS, the link extends to iPhone 5. At least that’s what I like to think. Going by this viewpoint, iPhone 5 (whenever it comes out), is going to be one beast.

Quick Facts:

  • iPhone 4S touched 1Million pre-orders within 24 hours
  • Although having a powerful processor, the RAM on iPhone 4S is 512MB only (Source: MacRumors)
  • The camera on iPhone 4S can capture and save full 8MP image in 1.1 seconds and the next images within 0.5 seconds in rapid succession
  • With the new processor, game and graphic performance increases by 7x on iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S will start shipping this Friday onwards and iOS 5 upgrade to iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS rolls out tomorrow.

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    avatar ifan November 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    iphone4s is huge step forward by apple, looking forward for iphone 5


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