Apple’s newly reigning CEO Tim Cook and several executives held their annual press conference today to introduce the highly anticipated new iPhone, the iPhone 4s. Even though this wasn’t the announcement that many people were hoping for, the iPhone 5 will have to wait.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing: the iPhone 4s contains several significant upgrades.
The most innovative aspect of the iPhone 4s is the new feature, Siri, a voice dictation system that acts a personal assistant. Siri can schedule events, send text messages, relay you the weather report and read reviews about your favorite restaurant from Yelp!
For iPhone users who rely on their phone for photos and video, the camera on the iPhone 4s will contain an 8 megapixel sensor, replacing the current 5 megapixel sensor. It will greatly improve the overall camera performance, particularly in in low light.
Though the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4s look identical on the outside, the iPhone 4s will have substantially more space for users to store their personal data and music. The 64 GB storage space in the iPhone 4s is significant upgrade to the 32GB storage system.
iPhone nation continues to grow with this release, as the iPhone 4s will also be the first iPhone accessible to Sprint customers, along with existing customers on AT&T and Verizon. The anticipated price for the iPhone 4s starts at $199 for a 16 GB model and will go up to $399 for the 64 GB model, which is not unexpected.
With the launch of the iPhone 4s, AT&T customers will be able to receive the iPhone 3s for free with a two-year contact. AT&T customers can also take advantage of a new app, rolling out this Friday, that will allow them to to check their iPhone 4s eligibility and preorder one right from current device without having to stop into a store.
For the rest of us, the iPhone 4s will be available October 14.