If you’re even minimally aware of what today meant for the tech industry, you know that Apple just unveiled its latest iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone 4S. It’s a relatively nice bump in specs, with the addition of an 8MP camera, ability to shoot 1080P HD video with video stabilization (a big addition), the much vaunted A5 processor (the same used in the iPad 2), and 1 GB of RAM. For anyone who doesn’t understand what all of that means, it’s a much faster phone, with the ability to shoot video and photos better than nearly any point-and-shoot camera. The main thing that hasn’t changed is the form factor.
The iPhone 4S will look nearly exactly the same as the 4, with only a few minor changes in the antennae’s design. For some, this is viewed as a bit of a loss, as they were hoping for a largely redesigned phone, not just a spec bump.
In my opinion, that’s a moot point. The iPhone 4’s design has been almost universally lauded as the best of the best, so what’s the rush in drastically redesigning something that already looks gorgeous?
Personally, I think the idea of this not being #5 is where a lot of people are getting stuck, as it lends a certain bit of newness and mystique to the phone’s all around allure. Anyone who really appreciates the performance and capabilities the new iPhone will bring to the table won’t find it to be an issue they’ll give two thoughts about. It’s a major improvement on what is literally the best selling phone of all-time. You can’t really get upset about that.
Ultimately though, what excites me even more than the initial specs bump is the release of iOS 5, and the launching of the Siri Assistant function (available in the 4S, but none of the previously released models due to the amount of processing power needed that comes only in the latest version). If you don’t know what Siri is yet, peep the video below:
Pretty neat, eh?
So what do you think? Did Apple knock another one out of the park, or is this just a “meh” announcement? Will you be getting the new iPhone?
I was probably wrong…
via Shawn Blanc, it’s speculated that the reason for Siri’s 4S exclusivity lies not in its processing power, but because…
“a good amount of Siri’s processing is being performed in the cloud on Apple servers. Therefore, limiting Siri to just the iPhone 4S could be a way of throttling initial usage while it is still in its beta stages.”
That makes sense.