Apple iPhone 4S with Siri Voice Assistant Announced
5 Oct 2011 | Apple , Software | 0 comments
After 14 months, Apple finally introduced the highly awaited iPhone 4S, a faster version of the previously announced iPhone 4.
Apple is expected to launch the new device on October 14, just two days after the launch of iOS 5, the company's mobile operating system that will be available for the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod Touch and the iPad. The main attraction of iOS 5 will be iCloud, a service that will sync documents, pictures and other data across iOS devices without needing a PC.
Hardware-wise, the iPhone 4S includes a new A5 dual-core processor, which was also launched on the iPad 2 earlier this year. The new chip delivers two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics. The 4S also includes a new 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, face detection, LED flash, 1080p HD 30 fps video recording, front camera VGA camera, Bluetooth 4.0, UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/EDGE and CDMA EV-DO Rev A.
Battery life has also been improved to 8 hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G, 200 hours standby, 6 hours of internet use on 3G, 9 hours on Wifi, 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of audio.
The feature that stole the show yesterday was a voice assistant called Siri, which was demoed on stage. It is capable of answering complex queries and questions in real time. You can ask about the weather, stock, dictate emails, reply to messages, set timers, define words and much more. It is still in beta, and it will be really interesting to see how it will evolve in the near future.
Preorders for the iPhone 4S will start on October 7 and the official launch will happen on October 14 in seven countries: United States, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Japan. The 4S will be available in black and white versions. The 16GB version will be priced at $199, the 32GB for $299 and the 64GB for $399.