iPhone 4S launches with October 14 on sale date, but iPhone 5 is a no-show

iPhone 4S launches with October 14 on sale date, but iPhone 5 is a no-showApple has finally put us out of our misery and unleashed the new iPhone 4S, with VP Phil Schiller doing the honours after new CEO Tim Cook's debut keynote as Apple CEO.

And if there was a bit of disappointment that there was no grand unveiling of the iPhone 5, and that all we got was an iPhone that looks pretty much identical to the one we have already, rest assured – that 'S' at the end stands for an awful lot.

But before we got to hear about it we were treated to a near-25 minute stream of stats from Cook in his first performance as Apple boss since taking over from Steve Jobs, and it seemed to be about not much more than showing how amazing Apple thinks Apple is.

Finally, though, we got down to the business everyone was actually there for – iOS 5 and the new iPhone.

The latest update to the Apple mobile OS delivers a wide range of new features – more on those in our separate iOS 5 piece – and will be available on October 12 for all iPhones from the iPhone 3GS onwards, as well as all iPads and iPod touches 3rd and 4th gen.

As we were expecting, iCloud also got its official airing, complete with deep integration with apps and iTunes. Your Apple devices will be updated to iCloud daily, and it'll be your central store for all apps, photos, documents, calendar entries and everything else.

All iOS 5 users get 5GB to play with free of charge, but you can buy more if that's not enough for you. Like iOS 5 itself, iCloud goes live on October 12.

But just when we were starting to lose our patience after further dalliances to talk about the iPod and iPod touch, finally Schiller revealed the iPhone 4S.

And while it may share the iPhone 4's name for the most part, and look the same from the outside, on the inside it's all change, starting with the Apple A5 processor, which Apple says makes the iPhone 4S twice as fast as its predecessor, while dual-core graphics mean graphics performance seven times faster. Mmmm, gaming.

On to the camera, and the new iPhone has a brand new 8-megapixel affair run by a backside illuminated CMOS sensor that soaks up way more light and so is a third quicker than the iPhone 4's cam.

The five-element lens offers an impressive f/2.4 aperture rating, while the new Apple-designed Image Signal Processor now offers face detection and white balance that's a quarter better than before.

Apple reckons it'll take you just 1.1 seconds to fire off the first picture from firing up the camera utility, and just half a second for the next one. That's fast.

And there's more good news on the video front, with 1080p HD video recording a reality, as well as video image stabilisation with temporal noise reduction.

Battery life has also been given a fairly serious bump, with 14 hours of 2G talk time possible (or 8 hours on 3G), or 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music.

As we were expecting, the iPhone 4S is a world phone – in other words it works on both Euro-friendly GSM networks and US-centric CDMA networks, which is good news for high-flying world traveller types.

Availability? The iPhone 4S will be up for pre-order on October 7, and will be on sale a week later. Price-wise, nothing yet on what we'll be paying in the UK, but both the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 will live on with price cuts, it looks like.

We were all waiting for a “one more thing” moment, of course, but the closest we got was the unveiling of Siri, Apple's new intelligent voice assistant. Don't get us wrong – it sounds impressive enough, but it's no iPhone 5.

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blizzard7  Oct. 4, 2011 at 19:54

Battery life hasn't really changed apart from the odd hour here and there. 14 hours of 2G talk time and 10 and 40 hours for video and audio respectively is what the 4 has.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 19:57

A 4in + screen might have made me - mildly - interested in this iPhone 4S. But... Nah. I'm old, my eyes want a larger screen when there's so much to play with.

Some nice updates, though. Fair's fair.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:01

Decent updates, though that's all they are, decent. I wanted spectacular, amazing, shiny, new updates...a dual core 1ghz(max) processor and an 8mp camera are standard nowadays, nothing special.

darren0405  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:09

ive got a 3gs and even with these new features its not worth it might just get a iphone 4 why has it taken 15 months since iphone 4 to release this pile of ****?

Julias  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:18

majorely boring I was yawning through it..Apple do carry on about minor features like its never been done before..was a let down for me as I was expecting much more in terms of new hardware!

mb1  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:20

Finally Apple catches up with the Galaxy S2 specs... well, nearly.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:21

A5 chip's GPU is bloody good people, that graphics processor DESTROYS the Galaxy S2's Mali 400....shame about the CPU though, 1ghz (if they've not underclocked it like every other iPhone), isn't very fast :(.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:27

I loved the presentation.
Every smartass analyst and crystal baller was pretty much proven idiotic :p

No iPhone 5; no budget iPhone 4S etc etc..

And though the share price has just dropped a bit, the iPhone 4S will outsell every other device this year.

Also: let's be honest: iOS 4 to 5 is a much bigger upgrade than the last 3 or 4 Android updates. The fact that thanks to the betas we have known most of today's reveals does not diminish that.

There :p

I won't buy one, obviously. It's all just aspartame-y cosmetics.

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:33

Also: let's be honest: iOS 4 to 5 is a much bigger upgrade than the last 3 or 4 Android updates.

ROFL thats bad trolling janny... im on android 2.1 and the difference between that and gingerbread is massive...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 20:33

Jan, it was a let down :(.

I really wanted something to truly challenge the Galaxy S2, and this 4S just doesn't. True, iOS4 to iOS5 is a big step, but from that leaked video the other day, ICS is no small step either....today has made October 11th all the more interesting ;).

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:02

matt,

I was being sarcastic. I haven't followed it. It's like inviting a Jehova's witness who just won the lottery...

treab,

do tell - how's Android 2.3 so much better than 2.1 ( and don't compare a 2.1 running OSF to an SGS2 with 2.3.4 ;) )

stringerbell727  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:04

HTC has a better OS anyway and the new improvements don`t sound any better really than what they offer & i`m sure the price will be higher!

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:13

Jan's right treab, 2.1 to 2.3.7 isn't that different...WiFi hotspot built in, a different keyboard and some memory management improvements, that's about it...

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:17

I wasnt jan :p i dont own a san fran :p i own a hero please keep up :p

and there are differences ;) (and even if jans right matty why are you agreeing with him ;) lol)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:26

My loyalties tend to lie with who's right/what's best at that moment in time, otherwise you end up an Apple fanboy...eugh...

Aren't the San Fran and the Hero almost identical, specs wise ;)?

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:30

HOW DARE YOU.... the hero has half the ram ;) LOL

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:33

That shows just how old the Hero is :p, half the RAM and the same processor as a San Fran yet was once HTC's flagship device haha ;)

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:34

aint it. 268mb ram vs 515mb

but it does have gorilla glass :D

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:35

but when you consider i got mine in feb 2010... released in july 2009 compared to phone announced in nov 2010... its held up pretty well when you think about it like that.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 4, 2011 at 22:29

Looks like today's presentation explains why Steve retired - to avoid disgrace. That would explain why everything was hush hush, there is nothing to talk about. We are selling you license to use our wonderful iOS AMD you also get 5GB online space (my drop vox is bigger). Don't mind outdated hardware - this is not your concern. Look you get a messenger, finally, instead.

Anyways, back to business, now that my GF does not want white brick anymore, what should I get?

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 22:36

depends you can get a sensation on a 2 year deal for 21.50...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 22:46

I think I may have suggested Jobs retired to avoid this joke somewhere in the huge iP5 thread, glad someone else feels the same way about it :p.

There's always the white galaxy S2, for your girlfriend :)

Treab  Oct. 4, 2011 at 22:48

or you can be sensible and buy her a nice old nokia ;)

dicksteel18  Oct. 5, 2011 at 06:43

I have a galaxy s2 and I used to have a 3GS. If I hadn't dropped the 3GS in coffee i'd still have it and after 6 months of my s2 I'd gladly swap it for a 3GS again. It might have the best hardware specs out there but nothing else compares with the quality of apple products. Also I can't stand Android.

Having said that, i'm very disappointed with the 4s. Apple have had 16 months to make this and its hardly changed. Then with Tim Cooks first big event since he took over, he doesn't even talk about the iPhone, he hands it over to someone else to do. I know he's quiet but, come on, this is his chance to shine.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 5, 2011 at 07:54

My current 3GS is very buggy and crashes twice a day when heavily used. It keeps loosing service randomly, when signal is good. Facebook does not connect. It definitely needs an update to iOS5 and factory reset, but given backup nightmare that you have with Apple devices it's too much work for me. I don't have original computer and new one does not let me backup music. Yes, there are ways around it, but why can't it just work? Why can't I just take out a card and put it in card reader?

I would really love to get new Nexus, but there is no word on how long it will take before it's ready. Maybe get Play and give me Desire to GF until something better is released. I definitely don't want a contract as I need mobile to mobile unlimited minutes, which I currently have and no longer available with new contracts.

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