Presentation by Phil Schiller: Apple Inc. unveiled a new iPhone on Tuesday that is faster and more powerful but stops short of a more radical upgrade. It has an improved camera with a higher-resolution sensor (8 megapixel) and a faster processor.
Droid fan boys are ridiculing the new iPhone 4s because they claim that any of the new features of the iPhone 4s are already available on Android OS phones. Others are confused the by the iOS 5 name with an iPhone 4S name (Why not iPhone 5?). Why not iPhone 5??? Probably because the new phone doesn’t do 4G and doesn’t have a new external look. The 4G LTE version is expected to be the Apple iPhone 5 in Spring 2012.
Nevertheless, the new iPhone with a faster Apple A5 processor boasts 200 new features — an as always with Apple, Inc., smoother hardware and software integration, better interface, and a more reliable, trustworthy, and easy-to-use store for buying apps.
Notifications, such as text messages are less intrusive on current operation. Instead of having an obstructive message pop up in the middle of the screen, the message is displayed at the top of the screen.
VIDEO: Siri in action.
Siri is a new voice control that Apple claims is smart enough to know what application to open following a command. Say a command an you cant dictate a text, send a text, ask for the weather forecast, start a countdown timer while you’re in the kitchen cooking, dial contacts and more.
iMessage allows iOS 5 users to communicate over 3G and Wi-Fi with any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 5.
Reminders integrates to-do lists and reminders that includes a ‘geofence’ that sets off a reminder depending on location.
Twitter integration built into apps such as Safari, YouTube, Photos and other apps.
Camera now opens right from the lock screen, so it’s ready immediately. The up-volume also serves as a shutter button. New features include auto focus and exposure lock, a rule-of-thirds grid overlay, and pinch-to-zoom; and after the photo is taken, there are features including red eye removal, cropping and autolevels.
Newsstand includes a new folder that keeps all subscriptions in one place. Content is also automatically downloaded from subscriptions.
Game Center with Game Discovery and Friend Discovery.
Mail in iOS 5 allows you to flag messages, search the whole Mail inbox and compose emails with rich text formatting, including bold, italics and underlined fonts.
Sync without connecting a USB cable between computer and iPhone. Using iPhone, which is
The download is available to current iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3rd generation, iPod touch 4th generation, iPad and iPad 2 owners on October 12, 2011.
New iPhone 4S pre-ordering starts October 7, 2011 with delivery beginning October 14, 2011. The iPhone (from $199) is available from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and now Sprint.