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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Let's talk iPhone 4S

Well, it wasn’t the iPhone 5, but Apple did “talk iPhone” on Tuesday … iPhone 4S that is.

Steve Jobs' replacement as CEO, Tim Cook, took the stage for the first time in that position to announce the latest greatest Apple product upgrades. And while some folks are disappointed that they’ll have no iPhone 5 to play with this holiday season, the improvements on the new 4S should be plenty enough to hold over even the pickiest Apple fan-boy. Short of a miniature human teleportation device, there will always be some who are never satisfied.

Although it’s a definite improvement over the iPhone 4, most of the 4S’s changes take place under the hood, where the enhancements are quite impressive. According to Apple, the new iPhone 4S will be faster than Verizon and Sprint with download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps compared with the previous 7.2 Mbps.

So enough talk, let’s get down to business.

Here are some of the new improvements of the iPhone 4S:
-Processor: BEFORE: 1GHz A4; NOW: 1GHz Dual-Core A5
-Memory: BEFORE: 512 MB; NOW: (Apple has not officially released this stat)
-Storage: BEFORE: Up to 32GB; NOW Up to 64GB
-Video: BEFORE: 720p; NOW: 1080p
-Camera: BEFORE: 5 MP and front camera; NOW: 8 MP and front camera
-Voice recognition: BEFORE: Voice Control (limited); NOW: Siri true voice technology
-Apple has also overhauled the troubled metal-band antenna

That’s it in a nutshell. While many other blogs are writing about how disappointed they are in Apple for the lack of improvements, this is on par with what I expected. 

No, I’m not claiming to have psychic powers or a direct line to Steve Jobs; and, of course, it’s easy to say that in hindsight. But, here’s why I thought that. 

Apple has a history of releasing their improvements in small doses. Remember the iPad 2? It was supposed to have retina display and other features that did not come to fruition. Well, Apple is saving it for the iPad 3. It’s the same thing with the iPhone. Apple’s waiting for the iPhone 5 to release the big guns — higher resolution screen, LTE support, possibly a new form factor, though Apple likes to keep all their products the same size for peripherals’ sake.

As for a miniature human teleportation device? That'll be the iPhone 9.

Come back here soon, and I will discuss some of the other announcements made during Apple's latest unveiling on Tuesday.