Whenever there's a shiny new gadget released, there's bound to be someone out there who wants to destroy it. Richard "RatedRR" Ryan certainly follows along that logic — he just loves shooting gadgets with powerful sniper rifles.
Like the prize inside a Crackerjacks or kids' cereal box, Siri, Apple's voice-controlled digital assistant, is the raison d'être for buying an iPhone 4S, especially if you already own a 4. A cult of personality has already arisen around Siri. Numerous bloggers have cited her snappy answers to stupid questions, such as "What are you wearing?" "Where can I hide a body?" "Open the pod bay doors," "Will you marry me?" "What are you wearing?" etc. But I hope you aren't thinking of buying an 4S just to get a really fancy Magic 8 Ball. Siri does a lot more than wittily answer esoteric questions. She could represent the first true user interface paradigm shift since the iPhone and its capacitive touchscreen, and perhaps since the Mac and the Graphical User Interface 27 years ago. And like any paradigm shift, Siri will change how you behave, and introduce a whole new set of social rules of engagement.
Collecting 1 million iPhone 4S pre-orders was mighty impressive, but Apple's not done picking up new record awards. The company just announced it's sold over 4 million iPhone 4S since it officially went on sale on Friday.
The iPhone 4S is officially out today in stores and naturally, everybody who's picked one up is putting it through tests. Here's a video showing just how much better the iPhone 4S's video recording is than the already great iPhone 4's HD video recording.
You would think that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak could pull some strings to get his hands on a iPhone 4S, but instead he is showing us that he really is the ultimate tech geek by being the first in line for the new phone at the Los Gatos California Apple store.
Some iPhone 4S reviewers with early access are doing what anyone surely will once they fire up Siri: ask Apple's hotly anticipated personal assistant a lot of weird things. And rather than replying with a generic error, Siri can come back with a lot of equally weird and clever responses.
UPDATE: Ars Technica reports the same as what we heard. Sprint confirmed that it will require an international roaming plan in order to use the micro-SIM for GSM roaming abroad. You won't be able to use an international micro-SIM card in your Sprint iPhone 4S. We knew it was too good to be true.
The first performance and graphic benchmarks for Apple's iPhone 4S are out. Even clocked at about 800MHz, its dual-core A5 processor is still faster than every major smartphone alternative running Android. Now that's fast.
The iPhone 4S doesn't come out for another few days, but it looks like someone in China already has one, and they were nice enough to make a video showing off a couple of things on the new phone.
Many fans were disappointed when Apple didn't unveil a redesigned iPhone with a larger screen and thinner profile. With 1 million iPhone 4S pre-orders made by fans in 24 hours — shattering the previous 600,000 record — Apple's probably not too worried its iPhone 4S still has a puny 3.5-inch screen.