October 4th will go down in tech history as the day that Apple talked about the iPhone. Most people wanted more from the event, possibly the redesigned iPhone 5 (pictured above).
At the end of the day – 16 months in the making – the same overall design as the previous iPhone 4, just updated with specs to somewhat match or exceed their competition. The new iPhone 4S comes with a faster dual-core A5 processor, the same chip that’s found in the iPad 2, which is said to be twice as fast as what iPhone users are experiencing today. Then there’s the new 8-megapixel camera, up from a 5 megapixel shooter and described in the presentation as “you can’t believe it’s on a phone camera”. The camera captures photos at a resolution of 3264 x 2448 – which is very impressive. The new iPhone 4S also shoots 1080p HD videos, has Suri Voice Assistant built-in, face recognition, iOS 5 and that new free iPhone greeting card app.
Apple probably thought they could coast for a few more months with the current design, which is a letdown in some respect. Mainly because there was so much hype circling about the teardrop iPhone 5 that had a radical and incredibly pleasing design: bigger display, 1/3 thinner, faster, aluminum body etc… etc… etc… Perhaps the iPhone 5 will come next year.
On the bright side, the iPhone 4S is a powerful and beautiful smartphone, one that will help increase Apple’s smartphone market share. Looking down over the next couple weeks will be very interesting to be part of. Samsung is rumoured to be announcing the Nexus Prime, TELUS will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S II X and the HTC Amaze 4G, The HTC Holiday will be coming to Canada and Rogers will bring the Galaxy S II LTE to Canadians… so lots of exciting devices on the horizon. Which device are you most interested in?