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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. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by hoekapika View Post
      its the sixphone (iphone, iphone2g, iphone3g, iphone3gs, iphone4, iphone4s) six phones so every number for i new iphone is a redesign thats what i wanted iphone 5
      You can't necessarily think that way. The iPhone 3G wasn't necessarily a total redesign from 2G. mainly it's form factor and various iOS changes made that the biggest differences. But you do have a point. With every number change in iDevice development is something that no one has every thought of.
    1. hoekapika's Avatar
      hoekapika -
      any one know how much ram the 4s will pack
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by hoekapika View Post
      any one know how much ram the 4s will pack
      1GB, it's in the thread.
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      iPhone 2G and iPhone are the same thing. You are counting it twice.
      The list is: iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S.
      That may be incorrect. The 2G was more 1GS in terms of form factor. It looked identical to the first iPhone created. It was the second generation iPhone. That implies that there was a first generation iPhone.

      For more info, you should research iPhone on Wikipedia. I haven't researched this yet so I may be wrong.

      Update: I researched and I was mistaken. There were 2 variants of the original iPhone. The later variant increased the flash storage. My apologies.
    1. ByteArt's Avatar
      ByteArt -
      Quote Originally Posted by manbearpig View Post
      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.
      mod edit: do not insult other members iPhones do exponentially better that any individual Android or WP7 phone, and the 4s is no different
    1. infinnocente's Avatar
      infinnocente -
      any clue yet whether there are unlocked iphone4s and if so where would they be released?

      when the i4 was released it was unlocked in many places in europe and took them a while to release it in the states...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
      That may be incorrect. The 2G was more 1GS in terms of form factor. It looked identical to the first iPhone created. It was the second generation iPhone. That implies that there was a first generation iPhone.

      For more info, you should research iPhone on Wikipedia. I haven't researched this yet so I may be wrong.

      Update: I researched and I was mistaken. There were 2 variants of the original iPhone. The later variant increased the flash storage. My apologies.
      Yup, they upped the memory at one point, even uploaded the bootloader (unlockers will remember that one) but all still the first iPhone which we call iPhone 2G because it used 2G data.

      Quote Originally Posted by infinnocente View Post
      any clue yet whether there are unlocked iphone4s and if so where would they be released?

      when the i4 was released it was unlocked in many places in europe and took them a while to release it in the states...
      Wondering this myself. I am assuming Apple will continue what they started with the iPhone 4 and sell them factory unlocked at a higher price in the US like they do in other countries. I hope this is the case, we will find out Friday for sure.
    1. lukinrats's Avatar
      lukinrats -
      Quote Originally Posted by infinnocente View Post
      any clue yet whether there are unlocked iphone4s and if so where would they be released?

      when the i4 was released it was unlocked in many places in europe and took them a while to release it in the states...
      I don't know if anyone can answer this for sure, but I was wondering the same thing, because that is the way I intend to go. I was looking on the apple site, in the FAQ under the iPhone 4s page, and found this.


      When I buy from the Apple Online Store, does my iPhone come ready to use?


      Yes, if you have selected a mobile phone carrier. When your iPhone arrives, all you have to do is turn it on and follow the onscreen instructions to set it up. There’s no need to call the carrier or visit a store to complete the activation. If you have selected an unlocked GSM phone, you will need to acquire a micro-SIM from the supported GSM carrier of your choice and activate it in order to use your iPhone.

      You can see the entire FAQ here: iPhone 4S - iPhone 4 - iPhone 3GS - Buy direct from Apple - Apple Store (U.S.)
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by lukinrats View Post
      I don't know if anyone can answer this for sure, but I was wondering the same thing, because that is the way I intend to go. I was looking on the apple site, in the FAQ under the iPhone 4s page, and found this.


      When I buy from the Apple Online Store, does my iPhone come ready to use?


      Yes, if you have selected a mobile phone carrier. When your iPhone arrives, all you have to do is turn it on and follow the onscreen instructions to set it up. There’s no need to call the carrier or visit a store to complete the activation. If you have selected an unlocked GSM phone, you will need to acquire a micro-SIM from the supported GSM carrier of your choice and activate it in order to use your iPhone.

      You can see the entire FAQ here: iPhone 4S - iPhone 4 - iPhone 3GS - Buy direct from Apple - Apple Store (U.S.)
      I would assume that answers the question then. Thanks
    1. lukinrats's Avatar
      lukinrats -
      gfg

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      I would assume that answers the question then. Thanks
      Let's hope so, but I cant really tell. Even if you look at the link that I posted there, it has all the iphones listed. It could be taken a couple of ways

      1. It could mean what we think, which is that you can now get any of the phones unlocked

      2. It could be a catchall FAQ where they forgot to take that out

      Who knows
    1. PaKi619's Avatar
      PaKi619 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BradTrinh24 View Post
      Not very impressed, but it expected from Apple. Wonder when they will announce price drops of iPhone 4 since it showed it at staying the same price as a 16gb 4s?
      It's $99, but 8gb and 3gs $0
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Quote Originally Posted by tha1youshouldfear View Post
      LMAO!!! Still no 4G???? That's HORRIBLE!! It's just going to have "4G-Like" speeds?? LAME!!
      I think this is actually better. It's WIDELY available and everyone can keep their current plans. I've never had a "4G" device but it wouldn't surprise me if you had to pay extra for the 4G network.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
      That may be incorrect. The 2G was more 1GS in terms of form factor. It looked identical to the first iPhone created. It was the second generation iPhone. That implies that there was a first generation iPhone.

      For more info, you should research iPhone on Wikipedia. I haven't researched this yet so I may be wrong.

      Update: I researched and I was mistaken. There were 2 variants of the original iPhone. The later variant increased the flash storage. My apologies.
      They did that with the 3G as well. It doesn't mean it's another generation of the phone. The white iPhone 4 didn't come out until this year. Still the same gen as the black one of last year. These are just small upgrades.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Switch72nd View Post
      You both are kinda wrong, the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) says that they are now. Here is the quote:

      Following a detailed evaluation against stringent technical and operational criteria, ITU has determined that "LTE-Advanced" and "WirelessMAN-Advanced" should be accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced. As the most advanced technologies currently defined for global wireless mobile broadband communications, IMT-Advanced is considered as "4G", although it is recognized that this term, while undefined, may also be applied to the forerunners of these technologies, LTE and WiMax, and to other evolved 3G technologies providing a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed.

      So no offense guys but do some research, they decided they were 4G almost a year ago.
      What ITU decided was basically that "4G" isn't actually a standard, and is meaningless.
      Like my 4G sig. :P
    1. TW10Si's Avatar
      TW10Si -
      Definitely NOT wasting my upgrade/money on this. I'll stick with my iPhone 4
    1. ehren88888's Avatar
      ehren88888 -
      I have the 3GS and this would work for me since I don't need 4G I would be happy with 14.4mbps just so I can stream my MLB.TV and NHL games thru HockeyStreams. Having AT&T unlimited grandfathered I never go above 5gig per month anyways. I just want a decent speed when I watch games during the day at work and when I am at sporting events.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TW10Si View Post
      Definitely NOT wasting my upgrade/money on this. I'll stick with my iPhone 4
      Considering this was by far the largest single upgrade an iPhone has ever gotten what is considered a waste and what would you have wanted otherwise?
    1. GreenFrogg's Avatar
      GreenFrogg -
      So here's my theory. The iphone 5 is around the corner. I don't believe that Apple would spend 16 months between releases and not have all the things that are driving smartphones: 4G, bigger screen, sexy new form factor, etc.

      I'm betting that iPhone 5 will be released Q1 and was delayed b/c there were some key hardware elements that weren't up to their standard yet. They needed to have a new offering for Christmas or def be left behind. This will be a perfect strategy. There is such pent up iPhone demand that apple will see great sales over the next 6 months from the average user that is willing to take the current offering. Most of us on this forum are pretty hard core tech hungry people, but there are only about 4.5% of cell users that are smartphone users currently. There is HUGE untapped target market for Apple right now. The iPhone 4S will satisfy the vast majority of buyers.

      Once the remaining hardware elements get to where Apple wants them, the iPhone 5 will hit and entirely new wave of Buyers, revenue AND stock price jumps. Apple is one of the 5 most valuable companies in the world with a ton of cash. Any long term thinking business is looking at the 2+ year plan - not this quarter.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Considering this was by far the largest single upgrade an iPhone has ever gotten what is considered a waste and what would you have wanted otherwise?
      "by far the largest single upgrade" is pretty hyperbolic, and kinda silly. By the numbers, its about par for other "guts" upgrades. The hardware got spec updates instead of outright replacement.

      2G -> 3G
      iOS 2 (woop-de-doo!)

      3G-> 3GS
      new CPU family, new type of camera, magnetometer

      3GS-> 4G
      new GPU, front-facing camera, gyro, retina

      4G-> 4GS
      new CPU family
      ....

      Ignoring the spec bumps (which are, as you say quite substantial) this refresh doesn't offer any new hardware. Since they only changed things under the hood, most users won't see much changed. It'll feel a little faster. Some things that crashed and burned before, won't.

      If Apple says its the "Best iPhone ever!!" I agree.
      But largest single upgrade? This aint it.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      "by far the largest single upgrade" is pretty hyperbolic, and kinda silly. By the numbers, its about par for other "guts" upgrades. The hardware got spec updates instead of outright replacement.

      2G -> 3G
      iOS 2 (woop-de-doo!)

      3G-> 3GS
      new CPU family, new type of camera, magnetometer

      3GS-> 4G
      new GPU, front-facing camera, gyro, retina

      4G-> 4GS
      new CPU family
      ....

      Ignoring the spec bumps (which are, as you say quite substantial) this refresh doesn't offer any new hardware. Since they only changed things under the hood, most users won't see much changed. It'll feel a little faster. Some things that crashed and burned before, won't.

      If Apple says its the "Best iPhone ever!!" I agree.
      But largest single upgrade? This aint it.
      It's actually quite based in fact. If you look at everything that was upgraded it has the largest incremental upgrade from the previous unit of any other previous generation iPhone. Everyone seems to have this extremely narrow minded view that since it doesn't LOOK any different that it's not a significant upgrade when that's anything but the case.

      Double the processing power with an extra CPU core and faster clock speed. (3GS > 4 only gave you +400Mhz)
      7x The graphics processing power
      +512MB RAM (3GS > 4 only gave you +256MB)
      +3MP on the camera (3GS > 4 only gave you +2MP)
      +360 pixels on video recording 720 >1080 (3GS > 4 only gave you +240)

      iPhone 2G > 3G was a complete and total JOKE. Same phone except for the crappy plastic case and the 3G baseband chip. IMO this was a downgrade b/c the processor couldn't handle rendering web pages at the increased speed and didn't have enough RAM.

      iPhone 3G to 3GS was the second best upgrade with 128 to 256MB RAM, 2 to 3MP camera, 412 to 600Mhz processor (50% faster)... but still a relatively crappy screen and camera, not enough RAM and marginal CPU performance.

      So to sum up... given the ACTUAL FACTS listed above the iPhone 4S is the best upgraded phone per component than the previous model to date. If they had increased the screen size all the apps would have to be re-written for a different resolution.
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      "by far the largest single upgrade" is pretty hyperbolic, and kinda silly. By the numbers, its about par for other "guts" upgrades. The hardware got spec updates instead of outright replacement.

      2G -> 3G
      iOS 2 (woop-de-doo!)

      3G-> 3GS
      new CPU family, new type of camera, magnetometer

      3GS-> 4G
      new GPU, front-facing camera, gyro, retina

      4G-> 4GS
      new CPU family
      ....

      Ignoring the spec bumps (which are, as you say quite substantial) this refresh doesn't offer any new hardware. Since they only changed things under the hood, most users won't see much changed. It'll feel a little faster. Some things that crashed and burned before, won't.

      If Apple says its the "Best iPhone ever!!" I agree.
      But largest single upgrade? This aint it.

      I'm a little confused as to what people are considering hardware. To me this is a huge hardware upgrade (and software for that matter). Sounds like there isn't really that much UNmodified hardware other than the display and the casing. Maybe people want a redesign so they can show off that they have the new model but personally I'm quite happy with my ip4 form factor and I'm pretty psyched about getting twice the RAM and a much more powerful CPU. I have to say I'm pretty curious about Siri too. I bought voice activator on Cydia and I like it but it's not so easy to set up...

      I feel like people are looking for change for the sake of change... I've seen almost no concrete complaints about what was absent that should have been included (other than a larger screen, which I'm glad was absent). Just moaning about how it's a "minor" upgrade. In my book, the form factors great, just make it more powerful.

      iCloud looks cool too for the syncing aspect. My number one complaint about iTunes is how it handles app syncing. Especially when you have multiple idevices and multiple comouters. Frankly I'd be pretty happy if I could never open iTunes again.

      Let's just hope I can convince my wife to give me her upgrade and take my hand-me-down ip4!