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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. Obaid03's Avatar
      Obaid03 -
      Well I am 3GS and I won't be upgrading if it is Just 4S.
      If they iPhone 5 out. Then we shall see.
      And with iOS 5, cud be Downgrade to ios4.xxx??
      What about the unlocked phones price?
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I think that the 4S is a waste of an upgrade. Siri was the real star today but that's something android has had for a while.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Was there this much of an outcry when Apple released the 3GS...which was just a hardware upgrade from the 3G?

      4G service isn't prevelant enough for Apple to spend the money making a 4G model. AT&T hopes to have 4G service in a whopping 15 cities by the end of 2011 (per their own web site). Sprint's and Verizon's is more prevelant, but still not exactly ubiquitous. When 4G is more readily available I'd expect AT&T to invest more money building a 4G compatible model.

      I think the longer than normal wait just heightened our expectations and anything short of a 5" screen, 64 GB model with 4G service would be considered a let down.
    1. sknet's Avatar
      sknet -
      this is rubbish phone release
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Not worth the upgrade for me. Make a new contract and then by iPhone 5 maybe Im not going to be eligible. Noooo way Jose. If you are going to spend the night before the release at AT&T like for iPhone 4, you need help. I almost sell my iPhone 4 on eBay thinking about that iPhone 5. I feel sorry about the people that sold them already.
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Remove.

      I disregard these statements. I was on a rant and a little drunk.

      My bad
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      To all the people all pissy saying they messed up by not redesigning the phone are dumb. It was o so obvious. Did people get all pissed when the 3Gs came out? no. It was faster and better. But it looks exactly like a 3G. I personally LOVE the design of the iPhone 4 and am glad they kept it. It's got double the memory, and twice as fast. Plus a 64GB option. If you are a true iPhone fan, then you should be excited as ****. Not to mention Siri blows Google Voice's *** out of the water. No bigger screen? Boohoo. I don't want a small tablet as a phone. That better battery is freaking sweet as well. Mine dies way to fast. I'm stoked for the new phone, and I will definitely attempt to buy one. Even though i just bought my 4 in april...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by soti2009 View Post
      I want iPhone 5!!!!!!!!!!!! Not 4S!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Agree!

      But who am I kidding...I'll get the 4S for the faster response and Siri.
    1. Rahllin's Avatar
      Rahllin -
      Quote Originally Posted by manbearpig View Post
      So whats the RAM capacity then?
      This is my question too. If they AT LEAST doubled the memory to 1GB, I may consider upgrading from the 16gb 4 to the 32gb 4s, but if the memory is still at 512MB, I will probably pass.
    1. tha1youshouldfear's Avatar
      tha1youshouldfear -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      4G has not been released yet, no phone has 4G
      Your kidding right???? I don't know what country you live in but Verizon and Sprint have had 4G for more than a year now.
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      Quote Originally Posted by manbearpig View Post
      So whats the RAM capacity then?

      CAN SOME ONE ANSWER THIS??? HOW MUCH IS RAM?

      and i MUST confess.... iDissapointed at apple.... allthoug im sooo happy it still looks like i4...
    1. Digitalfeind's Avatar
      Digitalfeind -
      Quote Originally Posted by dannyben View Post
      ...where Apple will be without Steve Jobs, it truly is the beginning of the end.
      It was WITH Steve Jobs. He only left a month ago.
    1. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Where are the specs on the front facing camera for the Iphone 4S? is it the same?? Just improvements for the standard camera?
      iPhone 4s vs. iPhone 4: the tale of the tape -- Engadget

      This seems to indicate the same front camera...
    1. kingchkn's Avatar
      kingchkn -
      Conspiracy theorists unite, what if they planned on an IP5, but due to set backs in development and QA that they simply had the 4S in reserve to allow for the bugs to be worked out? Meaning next Spring this is all happening again? Makes no sense that they would allow that much time to elapse between form factors to let this happen.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      I love the look of the 4 and 4S, 8MP camera is awesome and I am going to buy one ASAP
    1. Eric Brown's Avatar
      Eric Brown -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aenima133 View Post
      To all the people all pissy saying they messed up by not redesigning the phone are dumb. It was o so obvious. Did people get all pissed when the 3Gs came out? no. It was faster and better. But it looks exactly like a 3G. I personally LOVE the design of the iPhone 4 and am glad they kept it. It's got double the memory, and twice as fast. Plus a 64GB option. If you are a true iPhone fan, then you should be excited as ****. Not to mention Siri blows Google Voice's *** out of the water. No bigger screen? Boohoo. I don't want a small tablet as a phone. That better battery is freaking sweet as well. Mine dies way to fast. I'm stoked for the new phone, and I will definitely attempt to buy one. Even though i just bought my 4 in april...
      Co-Sign
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      I've been an iPhone 4 owner since the release last year, and will be the owner of an iPhone 4S on launch too.

      Personally I like the form factor and the shape of the 4 - and didn't want it to change. If they were making the screen bigger I was hoping the device wouldn't change size.

      Now I'll have an extra 32gb I can fill with crap! I just hope iOS5 is JB-able!
    1. Yugo's Avatar
      Yugo -
      Damn no IP5 ....
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      haterz sippin on haterade