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  • iPhone 4S - Tech Specs and Features


    The iPhone 4S was announced just a tad before the keynote on the Japan Apple Store, covered here by Akshay Masand. It will be released on October 14th, shipped with the iOS 5 operating system which will be released on October 12th. It will feature the same look and style of the iPhone 4.

    The iPhone 4S features many of the expected specifications. They include:
    • Dual Core A5 Processor.
    • Dual Core Graphics.
    • 8 Hour 3G Talk Time Battery.
    • 2x Faster Download Speed.
    • CDMA + GSM Radios.
    • 16, 32, 64GB Models.
    • 8 Megapixel Camera 3264x2448 Resolution, 5 Lens.
    • Backside Illuminated CMOS.
    • 1080p Video Recording.
    • Video Image Stabilization.
    • Temporal Noise Reduction.
    • Siri Voice.

    The iPhone 4S is up to 2x faster than before, with dual-core graphics, which are said to be seven times faster than previous iPhone, "With the power of A5, we can bring all sorts of detail to the environment, like fireflies, leaves in the wind, koi in the pond." This zippy new CPU doesn't drain the battery life either. The battery life has been increased to 8 hours of 3G talk-time.

    The iPhone 4S still uses 3G, although the data speeds are tantamount to that of current 4G speeds. Theoretical download speeds are now twice, 14.4Mbps versus 7.2 on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S is a dual-radio phone that can operate on both CDMA and GSM networks. The iPhone 4S can now intelligently switch between two antennas between send and receive to make even better call quality - something that has never been done for any phone before.

    The Camera is no slouch either. It's an 8 Megapixel Still camera which is 1/3 faster than the iPhone 4's camera. The backside illuminated CMOS offers a 73% brighter picture. For video recording, the camera is capable of 1080p video and includes video stabilization as mentioned here in more depth. The camera has a 5 lens system for absolutely wonderful lighting, clarity, and accurate shots.

    The iPhone 4S also includes a voice feature called Siri. The feature allows for you to have a 'conversation' with your iPhone by talking to it to get results. You can tell your iPhone 4S to tell you how to get somewhere, or to set an alarm, and there are several more things that you can command your iPhone 4S to do with Siri. It works right out of the box and learns your voice and talking habits to work better for you. It’ll be built-in with support for English, French, and German. It will be beta at the start; by beta they mean they’ll add more languages and services over time.

    The iPhone 4S will be available in black and white. 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399.

    The iPhone 4S can be pre-ordered on October 7th. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T will have the iPhone 4S, but T-Mobile will not.

    Are you impressed with the new iPhone 4S? Tell us what you expected, or want to see in the next iPhone!

    Sources: Apple Keynote, "Let's Talk iPhone" - October 4, 2011
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4S - Tech Specs and Features started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 219 Comments
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      So is it confirmed that there is not an iPhone 5?
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      The hardware is fairly impressive and all, but how will anybody know that I just paid all that damn money for a brand new iPhone if it looks exactly the same?? :'(Well...I guess other than walking around talking to it...
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      so... 64g is happening....and theres only 1 phone....and the apple site is down....wouldve like at least a tiny physical change
    1. MarkSta1's Avatar
      MarkSta1 -
      Regardless of the name it's still the fifth iPhone and from what I've read. I'm impressed. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I skipped the iPhone 4 and been hanging on to my 3GS eagerly awaiting the next release. PLEASE, and again I say PLEASE, no talk about the next iphone, what it's going to be, what we want, etc. We haven't even layed our hands on this one yet!!!
    1. kingchkn's Avatar
      kingchkn -
      Not worth the upgrade for the camera and processor and SIRI only. @Tario70, grab a back door replacement. You can grab it for $15-20 off eBay. Turn the glass back into a nice brushed aluminum one. Takes 3 minutes to swap out.
    1. prgeno's Avatar
      prgeno -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      4G has not been released yet, no phone has 4G
      There are several LTE "4G" phones available now on all 3 major US networks.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      What a let down apple. You went 4 months past the "regular" update schedule for iPhones and this is what we get? GIVE ME A EFFFFING BREAK! I HOPE YOUR STOCK DROPS CUZ OF THIS!
    1. iphonestu's Avatar
      iphonestu -
      I have a feeling everyone is pissed off here? .... the hardware seems ok to me... but no bigger screen ((((((((
    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      Dimensions: Are they identical to the Black iPhone 4? How do we know?
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      So is it confirmed that there is not an iPhone 5?
      yeah its confirmed. only 4S
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by prgeno View Post
      There are several LTE "4G" phones available now on all 3 major US networks.
      What he means by 4G has not been released yet is that no phone is 4G capable. They are 3.5 speeds, not 4. Correct me if i am wrong.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Where are the specs on the front facing camera for the Iphone 4S? is it the same?? Just improvements for the standard camera?
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      How the hell can apple sit on their butts for 16 months and only have a minor improvement. iPhone is barely keeping up with competition.
    1. Eric Brown's Avatar
      Eric Brown -
      Its simple apple offers a product you either like it or you don't. They don't have to make an iphone at all. If you don't like what they put out there for the masses then there are dozens of other phone choices that you can make. I wanted to see an iphone 5 but I am impressed with the 4s and I for one will be pre-ordering oct 7th.
    1. prgeno's Avatar
      prgeno -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      What a let down apple. You went 4 months past the "regular" update schedule for iPhones and this is what we get? GIVE ME A EFFFFING BREAK! I HOPE YOUR STOCK DROPS CUZ OF THIS!
      Apple stock has already dropped 3% since the announcement
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Looks like Apple gets what they deserve. Apple's stock is down -13 Points today. APPLE STOCK - Google Search

      its still dropping!!!!
    1. Eric Brown's Avatar
      Eric Brown -
      Quote Originally Posted by tha1youshouldfear View Post
      LMAO!!! Still no 4G???? That's HORRIBLE!! It's just going to have "4G-Like" speeds?? LAME!!
      Can you tell me who has 4G
    1. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingchkn View Post
      Not worth the upgrade for the camera and processor and SIRI only. @Tario70, grab a back door replacement. You can grab it for $15-20 off eBay. Turn the glass back into a nice brushed aluminum one. Takes 3 minutes to swap out.
      I thought about that, but doesn't if void the warranty in an obvious way? I'm guessing I can switch it back pretty easily too if I needed to take it in.

      I guess once iOS5 is jailbroken on my 3Gs, I'll see how much it slows down the phone. At least I've kept my Baseband preserved & it is an old Bootrom 3Gs, so I should be able to get some decent money selling it to pay for the iPhone 4S if I decide to get it...

      Thanks kingchkn.
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      I'm gonna stick with my iPhone 4! Jus like how I sticked with my iPad 1! Come on apple! What so good about the 4s?! A little better camera? Big woop! Faster opening up apps by a couple of seconds? Big woop! What a FAIL! I'll wait for the iPhone 5...