Apple Uncorks iPhone 4S, Same Exterior with Better Hardware

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agbarrett

Just so I'm clear .... The "s" is for Stillborn, right?

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aknolidge

I'm due for an upgrade soon and this is what they give us? I was excited to see something NEW from the iPhone rather than seeing "A5 processor, Dual antennas, and Battery Life". Wow this just made my decision much tougher should I stay an iPhone fanboy or switch over to a Samsung Galaxy S II *sarcastically*

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kixofmyg0t

"For the sake of comparison, it takes the Motorola Droid Bionic 3.7 seconds and 1.6 seconds to snap the first and second photos, respectively."

 

ACCORDING TO APPLE.

 

That's really funny cuz I've counted myself and it doesn't take nowhere NEAR THAT LONG on my Bionic.

 

All Apple propaganda.

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Paul_Lilly

Apple's figure includes the time it takes to load the camera app and snap a picture. I timed my Droid X2 at 3.72 seconds from homescreen to a snapped photo.

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kixofmyg0t

Well my method didn't involve a stopwatch measuring to hundredths of a second.....it was much less scientific. From the home screen, tap camera......one thousand one, one th....OH its ready to take a pic. :/

So really from home screen to first photo snapped is 1.1 second for the iPhone 4S.....Apple REALLY expects us to believe that? BULLCRAP. 

Apple really must have ran out of "features" to show off. Since "camera first photo speed" is now a benchmark. 

Can it run Crysis?

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Caboose

I did the same test you did. I got to 7s. From the time it took to tap the camera app, to it loading, then auto focusing, then capturing the image. This is on my rooted Samsung Galaxy S.

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iceman08

probably the one feature that I like about it is Siri

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caseybiggsconnor

motospeak with a lot more of features... :D

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JCGPZ9

And the alternative is available on WP7.5 and Android. Let's see if it'll be more advanced than the competition.

Ther are also stories of it being pulled from the app store.

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bminor13

Boy, there's a lot of negativity here about the new iPhone. You can put down your torches and pitchforks - it's not a war or a competition for the best phone.

Personally, I don't have a smartphone. I can't afford the plans. However, if I were to buy one, I would probably appreciate the faster processor, GPU, better camera, and dual antennas of this new model. I don't live in a 4G area (it is likely that many users do not, and maybe that is why Apple did not bother with 4G radios this time around) so the lack of 4G would not be a big deal to me.

It will be interesting to see how this phone compares to others when reviews finally start to come out.

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Caboose

For being toted as a "world phone" and not including 4G (which is spreading more and more around the globe) is a rather stupid idea. And when you look at the raw specs of the "new" iPhone, and compare it to what is available now, they're ALMOST a year behind the competition, and yet are acting like its the new magical device.

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JCGPZ9

Actually, VZW is rolling out LTE quite rapidly and is available in several cities and townships (not going to look it up... lazy...) and AT&T is planning their own rollout. Sprint is said to be jumping on board with LTE.

HSPA+ is 4G but for the moment I think T-Mobile is the only one deploying such speeds.

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bminor13

While LTE is being rolled out, it doesn't really seem pervasive right now. Here is a map of Verizon's LTE network:

http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage

Verizon would be the only one to have definite numbers on what proportion of iPhone users live in an LTE area, but I bet the lack of LTE radios in the Verizon iPhone 4S reflects Apple's perception that LTE is not a feature in demand at this time. This also allows them more time to design the (inevitable) future phone that does have LTE, and avoid battery problems, etc. that some of the first LTE phones had when they were released. I think this is a calculated decision on Apple's part.

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DoubleR

...It's a long commitment to use this device.  Over the next two years the coverage will only increase.  Also this site is called Maximum...  3G aint

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thetechchild

Oh Apple... The iPhone 5 better come out soon, and it better kick ass, because this 4S upgrade is just a postponement of obsolescence. There are already phones that are better and faster, and more are still on the way.

Unless they pull something amazing in record speed, other phones will quickly outpace the iPhone's capabilities.

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JCGPZ9

You have to hand it to Apple though. The battery life on iPhones are rivaling that of Blackberry devices.

The camera is upgraded, hopefully with a new sensor, and the phone does pack in a dual core processor with and upgraded GPU. I think I've missed the RAM count but it's on par with what's majorly available today.

This release was kind of disappointing (and I'm not a fan of any mobile OS, they're all good) and was expecting a slightly larger screen and maybe a high resolution like the HTC Vigor. I was hoping they would get rid of the glass casing and use something else while retaining the shape and weight of the phone.

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Caboose

A few news outlets are suspecting that it has 512MB of RAM like existing iPhone models. Paltry compared to what the competition is offering. HTC offers 768MB, Samsung 1GB.

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JohnP

"WTF? NOTHING? The labs got me NOTHING new this year AT ALL except for THIS CRAP UPGRADE? I'm OUTTA HERE!" <Steve Jobs writes a little goodbye note and goes home>

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AETAaAS

A distinct lack of 'innovation'... no NFC, LTE and using recycled parts; looks like Apple built the 4S to compete with phones that came out a while ago. This window in Apple's release schedule gives other makers like Samsung and HTC time to kick the iPhone's head off.

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Caboose

Apple saw how the competition was surpassing them and their magical device, and with fewer issues too, so the 4s was released. Finally with a dual-core CPU, and voice commands. Whoop-de-do. I've been able to do voice commands on blackberries for the past little while, and I can give my phone (and my car) voice commands too. Not to mention they're what, 6-8mo behind everyone else in terms of CPU power?

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AETAaAS

Maybe thats why they've been litigious as of late... they can't win straight up so they fight dirty. Hopefully Samsung's Prime will make a debut at  Samsung Unpacked around next week and show Apple how to do things right.

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big_montana

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is looking pretty darn good compared to this POS. Has better specs, and mostly free apps to boot, and you do not need that cruddy iTunes to activate, synch, update, or backup your device

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Supall

So, let me get this straight - It can do everything the latest phones can...except 4G?  Let's tack on the ability for you to talk to your phone (this is going to be good and noisy at Starbucks) and dual antennas to improve quality (cause we all know about the Death Grip).  How does their processor compare to those on other phones?

Sigh, you can't change the minds of Apple's followers.  They already think that this is a Godly phone.

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alex_dh9

haha riiiiiight, watch me run out to buy this....

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tomrippity

A quick search of smartphones with dual antennas brought me to Xiaomi.  Android manufacturers, also made by Foxconn.

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jgrimoldy

Sure seems to be much ado about nothing. 

I wasn't aware that the slower processor in the iPhone 4 was the source of poor performance or much bitching. 

I don't know what I was really expecting, but this seems to be rather meh... 

Dual antennae?  So now there's TWO ways that you can hold it wrong and fuck up the reception?

/ho hum, pass the potatoes

/really happy that the announcement of the Amazon tab significantly eclipses this!

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