Apple’s Big Announcement–iPhone 4s

The new iPhone 4sWhenever Apple has a “big announcement” there are always speculations and rumors. When the announcement actually came yesterday many people were underwhelmed when there was no iPhone 5 and we were left with an iPhone 4s. While Apple did the same with the 3G and the 3GS, many were expecting a jump straight to the 5 in this case. Well, now we have the details. On October 14 the new iPhone will be released (pre-orders start on October 7) and people have little time to decide whether or not they think it’s worth it to make the switch to the new phone. Here’s a quick re-cap of the features and specs of the new phone:

The design is basically the same as the current iPhone 4.  So the outsides will all look the same, but the insides are different. The processor will be an A5 chip (the same as the iPad 2) which will make the phone and downloads faster. The battery life will be

better–8 hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G, or 10 hours of watching video. The camera will be an 8 megapixel camera with 60% more pixels.  So the new phone will give you a decent bump in performance. The operating system has been upgraded as well and will include a lot of features that have been lacking before such as a new notification system (similar to the Android system), iCloud to wirelessly store you music and pictures, better sync-ability between iOS devices, and more.

However, Siri might be the best part of the iPhone 4s. It’s a “personal assistant” that
goes everywhere with you. Essentially it is a voice activated question and answer application that can give you directions, send messages, book events on your calendar, answer questions,  and much more.

So there is definitely some positive features, even if the upgrade doesn’t live up to the hype of the mythical iPhone 5.

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