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Apple introduces the iPhone 4S - assistant listens to your word
Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S on Tuesday evening and announced the release of iOS 5 and iCloud. The design of the new Apple cell phone has not changed compared to its predecessor. “Inside,” Apple promises, “everything is new”.
The 4S is above all a speed upgrade compared to the iPhone 4, similar to the upgrade of the 3G model to the 3GS. The retina display and the case with glass surfaces on both sides have remained. Inside, however, the A5 dual-core processor of the iPad 2 works, which is twice as fast as its predecessor. The graphics should work seven times faster than that of the iPhone 4, according to Apple.
8 megapixel camera
As previously expected, the camera resolution was increased to 8 megapixels. Not only was the number of pixels increased, but the CMOS sensor was also revised. The iPhone camera should now offer better exposure, sharper contrast, better colors and face recognition. The camera should also trigger faster - according to Apple, the cell phone should take 1.1 seconds for the first photo and 0.5 seconds for the second. An image stabilizer is available for video recordings in 1080p.
The rumor blogs were also right about the integration of Siri's voice function. Apple apparently likes the idea of giving Siri a personality, so the assistant responds, for example, with "I found this for you" and identifies himself as a "simple, personal assistant" when asked who he is. Siri provides iPhone owners with answers to specific questions such as “What time is it in Paris” or “Will I need an umbrella today?”. Users can also give commands to their Apple mobile phones, for example "Wake me up tomorrow at 6 o'clock" to set the alarm or ask whether certain appointments are due on a day. Siri can also be used for web searches. The assistant works with all Apple apps and initially supports English, French and German, but only on the iPhone 4S.
The device's antenna, which caused a stir on the iPhone 4, is now said to offer better performance. The iPhone 4S can switch between two antennas. Apple is thus also promising higher download transfer rates of up to 14.4 Mbps in the download and a constant 5.8 Mbps in the upload compared to a maximum of 7.2 Mbps or 5.8 Mbps with the predecessor.
When it comes to battery life, Apple specifies eight hours of talk time with 3G, six hours for surfing on 3G and nine hours for Internet browsing via WLAN. The battery should also take part in ten hours of video and 40 hours of music playback.
From October 28th in Austria
The iPhone 4S hits the US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Japan and Germany on October 14th. In the USA, the Apple cell phone is, as previously reported, not only available from AT&T and Verizon, but also from Sprint. The new Apple cell phone will go on sale in 22 other countries, including Austria, on October 28th. The US two-year pricing is $ 199 for the iPhone 4S with 16GB of storage, $ 299 for 32GB, and $ 399 for 64GB. The iPhone 3GS is available free of charge with a contract, the price of the iPhone 4 is reduced to 99 dollars. The euro prices have not yet been named.
iOS 5 and iCloud from October 12th
The update to iOS 5 will be released on October 12 for iPhone 4 and 3GS, both iPad models and the third and fourth generation iPod touch. Apple already presented the features of the new system, such as a new notification system and iMessage, in the summer. From then on, iCloud, Apple's new backup service, will also be available. The service brings 5 GB of free storage space for iOS 5 and Lion users, more storage can be purchased. iTunes Match, which compares and streams a user's music collection stored on the computer with iTunes tracks, will not start in the USA until the end of October.
Price update for the iPod family
A small update, at least as far as the price is concerned, was also available in the iPod family. From October 12th, the iPod touch will also be available in white for 199 euros for 8 GB, 299 euros for 32 GB and 399 euros for 64 GB. In addition, Apple has lowered the price of the iPod Nano. The 8 GB model now costs 139 euros, the 16 GB version costs 159 euros.
No iPhone 5
The months of speculation as to whether there will be an iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S or both are now at an end (for now). The iPhone 4S did what the rumor blogs were able to elicit from their informants. The company from Cupertino, however, did not pull an iPhone 5 with a "radically new design" out of its pockets as a "one more thing". (Birgit Riegler / derStandard.at, October 4, 2011)
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