The most exciting development at the Let’s Talk iPhone keynote has been the announcement of the iPhone 4S, which has just been made. There was initial speculation of an iPhone 5 but this new addition is more of an improvement rather than a complete revamp and overhaul. The exteriors and design, in general, are the same as the iPhone 4 but there is considerable improvement on the inside.
The chipset in the iPhone 4S is the same one that powers the iPad 2, the A5 series. It runs a Cortex A9 CPU with two cores and for graphics uses a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU. Experts and tech enthusiasts label this to be a very good combination in terms of power and performance.
In addition to the improvement in the chipset and processor, there is a great addition as far as the connectivity goes. The iPhone 4S will be capable of data transfer speeds more than 3G rates but less than LTE quality at 14.4Mbps. The best part however is that this phone is compatible with both GSM and CDMA carriers. The next improvement is the camera. The 5 megapixel clicker on the iPhone 4 has been replaced with an 8 megapixel one that is capable of recording video at 1080p (previously 720p).
The device also features the Siri virtual assistant, which in spite of repeated attempts to trip it up, worked flawlessly even with obscure commands. The battery life has also been touted at an extremely healthy 8 hours for 3G and an astounding 14 hours on 2G, along with 10 and 40 hours of video and audio playback respectively.
Other features remain the same except that there is a 64GB version available too. Moreover, the white color model will be released on the first day itself breaking the tradition. The iPhone 4S is to go on sale October 14th and it should make a good predecessor to the alleged iPhone 5, which rumor has it, will be released late 2012. Following the announcement, the price of the iPhone 4 has been slashed as expected to $99 on contract, and of the much older 3GS to free on contract.