Apple iPhone 4S: Different on the Inside


Yes, contrary to the frenzy of speculation in the months prior to yesterday's press conference, Apple has announced that there will be no iPhone 5. While the technosphere is abuzz with surprise that Apple hasn't released the much-hyped about iPhone 5 at their media event yesterday, spec-wise, the new iPhone 4S has some key features that make it stand out from its predecessor. 

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The new Siri software

First off, the biggest news to emerge from the revealing of the iPhone 4S is its use of Siri, a brand-new voice-activated software that functions as a futuristic virtual assistant - see the Siri in action in the vid below. Exclusive to the 4S - at least, until the iPhone 5 emerges - Siri allows you to issue voice commands ("Show me the latest tweets from Stephen Fry") and Siri will call up the appropriate app or OS function. Pretty cool.

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Other than Siri, other tweaks include an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, modestly increased battery life (from 7 to 8 hours) and the use of Apple's patented dual-core A5 chip, the same tech used in the current iPad. Screen resolution remains the same as the iPhone 4, but the 960-by-640 "retina display" is apparently as high as it can go. 

Still thinking of getting a cell-phone upgrade? See Apple's promotional spiel for their latest model below before making your decision. And for the record, the iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order on October 7, and will go on sale October 14.


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