Apple iPhone 4S – Specifications, Pricing & Release Details

by Mahesh Kukreja · 0 comments

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Apple announced iPhone 4S, the successor to iPhone 4 on October 4th. Apple didn’t announce iPhone 5 with a complete redesign. iPhone 4S has the same external design as that of iPhone 4.

Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4S Specifications

iPhone 4S has the same design as that of the currently available iPhone 4. Apple hasn’t done any modifications to the external look of iPhone 4S. But, internally iPhone 4S boasts a powerful hardware.

It sports a dual core A5 CPU which improves processing by 5x. A dual core GPU is also jammed in the new 4S which gives 7x more performance for video & games. The display is 3.5 inch which is the same as iPhone 4.

The next hardware upgrade is the new Internal Antenna design. iPhone 4S has two antennas for receiving and transmitting signals. This improves the performance of voice & data. Also, this new design will solve the signal problems that were being faced by iPhone 4. This improved antennae design gives upto 14.4 MBPS of download speed.

Further, iPhone 4S is a world phone. It supports both GSM & CDMA networks. But, if you buy an unlocked iPhone 4S without contract, it’ll work only with with Verizon & Sprint. It sports Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology.

Now let’s talk about the camera. 4S comes with an 8-megapixel camera with a backside illuminated CMOS sensor for better low-light performance. The lens comes packed in a new 5-element assembly with a hybrid IR filter and sports apertures down to f/2.4. The 4S can record 1080p video and has a new image signal processor for image stabilization and facial recognition, making the handset’s camera comparable to many point-and-shoots. The camera is also quite a bit faster than many other smartphone shooters, needing only 1.1 seconds before being ready to take the first shot and only half a second between successive images.

The next best feature available in iPhone 4S is the new Siri Assistant feature. It’s a personal virtual assistant that can assist you with just voice commands, like the one in Android. You can check the local weather, make restaurant bookings, add notes, set reminders, and much more. This feature requires much more hardware processing. The A5 CPU & the dual core GPU will help in achieving this. Maybe, we won’t see the Siri feature in previous iPhone versions.

The battery is also improved in iPhone 4S. Here are the battery specifications:

  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM)
  • Standby time: Up to 200 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Lastly, the storage. For the first time, iPhone 4S comes with 64 GB inbuilt memory. 16 GB & 32 GB versions are also available.

Apple iPhone 4S Pricing

The prices of Apple iPhone 4S with 2 year contracts:

  • 16 GB – $199
  • 32 GB – $299
  • 64 GB – $399

A contract free iPhone 4S will cost about $650 for the 16 GB version.

The price of iPhone 4 has been dropped to $99 for the 8 GB version with contract. And 8GB version of iPhone 3GS is available for free with a 2 year contract.

Apple iPhone 4S Release Date

Apple iPhone 4S pre-orders start on October 7th, 2011 and it’ll be available to buy on October 14th in US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, and Japan.

On 28th October, 22 more countries and by December 2011, 70 more countries will get iPhone 4S.

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