Apple says that the S in the iPhone 4S stands for "speed," partly because its new HSDPA chipset allows for greatly improved download speeds. But those speeds will only be possible on AT&T.
Editor's Note: With respect to Steve Jobs, we'd like to be clear that this post was written before his death. The criticism here would not change, but there are no parallels between Stewart's take on the iPhone 4S and what's happened. As I mentioned I might be when last I bloviated about the new, then-pending iPhone: Disa-POINT-ed. I've GOT an iPhone 4. I don't WANT another iPhone 4. I've waited patiently for 18 months, a third longer than necessary, just to be told I can get ANOTHER iPhone 4? Seriously, a 3.5-inch screen? That's practically a peep hole compared to today's Android phones, which all seem to have 4-inch screens, and the Galaxy S II models from Sprint and upcoming from T-Mobile have 4.52-inch screens — that's more than an inch larger than iPhone 4S's suddenly dwarfish display. And you're trying to tell me I won't be able to tell the difference between 3G 14.4 Mbps EV-DO or HSPA and HSPA+, LTE or WiMAX? Really? Sure, and Charley Parker and Kenny G? Both saxophonists, no difference. And we're supposed to seduced by Siri? She looks and sounds clever, but all I can think about is Skynet, and I get the sense I'll feel and look as silly talking to my iPhone as Scotty did in Star Trek IV talking to a Mac through the mouse. "Computer?" Now, if Siri had Majel Barrett's voice All I can say is, horse pettuties. Okay, all I can say that is printable. So is there anything good about the iPhone 4S? Yeah, a couple of things.
Here's some exciting news for you data hogs who are sick of data caps from Verizon and AT&T: Sprint has announced that it'll officially offer it's unlimited plan for the iPhone 4S.
Siri may sound like its dully replying to you from inside a bottomless tin can, but the voice-activated assistant is one of the most interesting iPhone 4S features that Apple's got comin'. Wonder what Siri can do for you? Well, this humongous list is pretty much everything you can ask of your iPhone 4S.
Apple's iPhone 4S doesn't launch until October 14, but Samsung doesn't care. It's suing Apple in France and Italy over patented wireless technology. Samsung's wish is to ban the iPhone 4S from being sold in both countries — retaliation for Apple getting courts to ban its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in several countries.
Whew! Now that the iPhone 4S announcement is over (it's been an excruciatingly long this time), let's see how well the rumor mill was over the last year. That's right, Apple missed its summer iPhone refresh and we've been crowing about the iPhone 4S for over a year. So how did all the scraps of info pan out? The full CONFIRMED and DENIED scorecard inside.
Here it is at last, ladies and gents — your new iPhone. The last time we saw one of these was back in June 24, 2010, over a year ago. For a company that released them pretty regularly on a yearly schedule, the gap between the fourth and fifth generation was painfully noticeable. That said, wait's over. Step inside and let's break down the most important features of the newly minted iPhone 4S.
Guess what time it is? Apple time! That's right, before new Apple CEO Tim Cook even took to the stage, Apple's Japanese website slipped out a blurb about an iPhone 4S that's set to drop on October 14 and a new iPod Nano.
Well, it's looking pretty certain that Apple is going to unveil the "iPhone 4S" tomorrow, which will be a new version of the iPhone 4 with some bumped up specs. Vodafone Germany just listed the phone on its website.
Despite leaks-a-plenty that hint at a thinner, redesigned iPhone 5 coming in the near future, Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair claims that we're only going to see an iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with a modest spec bump.