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Apple Announces iPhone 4S

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posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 12:58 PM
Not much of a surprise to anyone, but it's "official" now.

Details coming out at the moment...

- Same look as iPhone 4 (Retina display, glass back)
- A5 chip inside (up to 2x faster than iPhone 4)
- Dual-core graphics (up to 7x faster than iPhone 4)
- HSDPA network support (~twice as fast download speed as normal 3G)
- Supports GSM and CDMA networks
- 8MP camera
- 1080p video recording
- Wireless AirPlay
- iOS 5
- "Siri" voice recognition/artificial intelligence
- and more
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posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 01:04 PM
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This kinda reminds me of the iPhone 3G.... its like a little miniature upgraded version. I hate what Apple does, they can just put all of the features in one damn phone, but noooooooooo, they have to release additional phones little by little with these stupid I see how businesses roll.

posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 01:11 PM
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Yep... it's pretty underwhelming, in my opinion.

They need to do more than upgrade what's already there if they want to recapture the "magic" of the first iPhone (and arguably iPhone 3G).

Maybe they're saving some super awesome feature for last... not gonna hold my breath, though

Well, I guess the Siri voice recognition is pretty cool... but kinda creepy, too...
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posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 01:35 PM
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Yep... it's pretty underwhelming, in my opinion.

Thats what I think to. It looks like Apple investors dont like it much either

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Apple Inc.shares gave up as much as 3.8% Tuesday as investors reacted to the company's latest version of the iPhone, called the iPhone 4S.

posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 01:59 PM
Here is the conference in it's entirety. Start from the bottom up as it was a blog (had to make it two posts because it's too long): CNN

2:36: Tim Cook is back. Reviewing today's announcements.
Only Apple could have introduced these products and features and integrated them.
Thanks us for coming.
And that's it. No iPhone 5 today.

2:34 PM EST: Prices. Starting at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32
iPhone 4 down to $99 for 8GB
iPhone 3GS Free with 2-year contract.
Preorders Friday. On sale on Oct. 14, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
Oct 28, 22 more countries
By Dec. over 20 countries, 100 carrier partners.

2:27 PM EST: Schiller is back. "That is Siri. The coolest the new feature in iPhone 4S."
It also does dictation.
Summarizes Siri.
Supports English, French, German. Beta at start (that's a warning).
Summarizes iPhone 4S. Shows video.
Will there be one more thing?

2:12 PM EST: If there's going to be one more thing, now's the time.
Schiller introduces voice. Talks about what a let down current voice control is. We want to be able to talk to our device using natural language.
That's a feature Apple calls Siri, after the company it acquired last year.
Demo: Warning: Beta software. Risking embarassment, invites Scott Forstall back up to demo.

"What is the weather like today?" Here is the forecast for today. It knew the meaning and the place.
"What is the hourly forecast." Here is the weather for today.
"Do I need a raincoat today?" It sure looks like rain today.
Integrated with weather, clock.
"What time is it in Paris?" The time in Paris France is 8:16 and shows clock.
"Wake me up tomorrow at 6 a.m." OK, I set it for 6 am.
Integrated with stocks.
"How is the NASDAQ doing today." Down o.6% today.
"Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto." Found 5 in Palo Alto, sorted by rating.
"Give me directions to Hoover Tower." Shows map.
When text message comes in, press headset button and it will read the message aloud. Check calendar. "Send reply." Knows that he means Schiller, sends message.
Schedules lunch for Friday. Hand free.
But there's more.
"Remind me to call my wife when I leave work." Sets reminder: Call Molly.
Web searches. Wikipedia.
"Search Wikipedia for Neil Armstrong." Goes to page.
Wolfram Alpha.
"Define Mitosis." Let me think about that. Pulls up Wolfram definition.
Currency exchange.
"How many dollars is 45 euros. $59.59.
"How many days are there until Christmas." 82 days.
i button is a guide that shows you what kind of questions you can ask.

1:59 PM EST: Demo of A5 chip over, Schiller returns to the stage.
Battery: 8 hours of 3G talk time on the battery, 10 hours watching video. 40 hours listening to music.
Wireless system. Intelligently switch between two antennas for send and receive. (?).
2X faster downloads. Max performancs to 14.4 down from 7.2 mbs. 5.8 up. This is what competitors describe as 4G.
World phone: GSM and CDMA in one.
Camera system: Shows graph that iPhone 4 is the most popular camera for posting on Flickr. 8 megapixel sensor, as rumored. 3264 x 2448. 60% more pixels than iPhone 4. Backside illumination 73% more light per pixel than iPhone 4. 1/3 faster. Hybrid IR filter. More accurate color, more uniform colors. Five-element lens. (4 on iPhone 4) 30% sharper. F2.4 aperture. A5 contains an Apple designed systems like face detection, white balance, fast photos. To take first picture HTC sensation takes 2.1 seconds, iPhone 4S 1.1 seconds. 0.5 seconds for second. Others are 2-3 times longer.
Video recording: 1080p HD video for first time for Apple. Image stabilization. Noise reduction. Demo: Home movie of a baloon trip.
Demo: Photos taken with the iPhone 4S. Blown up on big screen, they do look pretty sharp.
AirPlay: Stream music, photos, videos to your Apple TV. Added: AirPlay Mirroring for game play.
Wrapping up the iPhone 4S.

1:53 PM EST: Schiller switches to the iPhone.
Introduces the iPhone 4GS. (Feels too early in the event for this to be the big news.) The rumors about this device so far are true. Same form factor as iPhone 4. A5 chip. Schiller stresses speed in games. Introduces Mike Capps of Epic Games for a demo of Infinity Blade 2.

1:47 PM EST. Phil Schiller takes stage. Going to talk about the iPod.
Two updates. Starts with iPod nano. Screen icons that make it easier to switch app. New bells and whistles for fitness app as well.
For the 3rd party watchband accessory market, has created some new watch faces, including Mickey Mouse watch. Now $129 for 8GB and $149 for 16GB.
iPod touch. No. 1 portable game player. Of course, runs iOS 5 and takes advantage of iCloud. Now white too. Now $199 for 8GB, $299 32GB and $299 for 64GB.

1:35 PM EST: Eddy Cue takes the stage to talk about iCloud. So far, this is a recap of what Steve Jobs introduced (and Cue demonstrated) last June at WWDC. Syncing music. Photostream. Documents in the cloud. Calendars pushed to all devices. Mail. Find My iPhone (and Mac.)

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posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 02:01 PM
New app: Find My Friends. List of all the family and friends who have agreed to share their location with you. Can also do it temporarily. Parental restrictions allow parents to forbid kids from turning it off.
iTunes Match. Recapping the service Jobs introduced in June. Turn on blank iPad. Turn on iTunes Match and the entire library is visible and any song can be streamed. $24.99 a year.
iCloud ships Oct. 12. iTunes Match ships end of Oct. Later worldwide (if they get the rights, we assume).
Video of iCloud in action.

1:24 PM EST: Scott Forstall runs through the iOS and App Store numbers.
Introduces Cards. Lets you create and mail cards from iPhone and iPod touch. Apple will print, stamp and mail it for you. Push notification the day it is delivered. $2.99 in the U.S. $4.99 worldwide. Oct. 12.
iOS 5: Recap of the stuff we heard at WWCD. Notifications. iMessages. Reminders. Twitter integration. Newsstand. Camera (lock screen shortcut, etc.). Game Center. Safari. Mail. PC Free (wireless updates etc.). Free update, available on Oct. 12, as rumored. Applause.

1:22 PM EST: Turns to iPad: 95% satisfaction rating. Starts by talking about education. Every state in U.S. has a iPad deployment in place or coming. About 1,000 universities in U.S. have iPad programs. Photos of pilots replacing 40 lbs. bags with an iPad. Hospitals accessing patient records, administer bedside care. 80% of top hospitals are testing iPads.
At this point, 92% of Fortune 500 are testing or deploying iPads. In less than 18 months.
No. 1 top selling tablet in world. Despite everybody and their brother trying to compete, 3 out of 4 are iPads.
Turning to iOS. We have passed 250 million unit sales mark. (Cue the applause.)
Today we are taking it to the next level. Introduces Scott Forstall.

1:17 PM EST: iPhones. This may be the reason you are here.
iPhone 4 is No. 1 smartphone in world. Growing faster than the smartphone market. Quotes ChangeWave "very satisfied" ratings. JD Powers too.
Despite all this, only has 5% share of worldwide market of handsets. We belive over time that all handsets become smartphones. 1.5 billion units annually.

1:15 PM EST: Cook talks about music.
Music. iPod sales more than 300 million iPods sold around the world. It took Sony 30 years to sell 220 Walkman casset players.
Sold 45 million iPods in last year ending in June. Nearly half going to people buying their first iPods.
iTunes. Now have 20 million songs. No. 1 music store in world. Downloaded over 16 billion songs.

1:08 PM EST: Cook starts a rundown of each of four product lines, starting with Mac.
Mac: OS X Lion reviews quoted. 6 million copies downloaded. 80% more than Snow Leopard (?). Took two weeks for 10% of customers to download, compared with 20 weeks for Windows 7.
New MacBook Air. And iMac are the best-selling notebooks and desktops in the U.S. Mac outgrew the PC market six fold.
Now approaching 60 million users around the world. In U.S. retail Macs selling 23% of PCs sold in stores.

1:02 PM EST: On stage: Tim Cook.
"I love Apple." Talks about the history of this room, where the original iPod was launched 10 years ago, and the MacBook Air one year ago.
Promises innovations in mobile, services, software and hardware.
It's an extraordinary time to be at Apple. Starts with updates.
Talks about the new retail stores in China. Video of screaming staff and customers.
Now have 357 stores, 11 countries.

12:58 PM EST Silence all electronic devices notice. Music: The Rolling Stone's Jumping Jack Flash.

12:45 PM EST: We're in. The auditorium holds perhaps 250 people and all the seats are filled. In the front row is Apple's executive team, minus Tim Cook.

12:00 EST There's a long line of media and analysts queued up by the time the event team manning the desk starts checking off names on their iPads and invited their guests to enjoy the breakfast upstairs.
I'll say this: Apple could teach its competitors a thing or two about the care and feeding of the press. I've never been asked, upon entering a media event, "Cappuccino, sir?" and handed a pre-made cup with one packet each of white sugar, raw sugar and Splenda on the dish.

Apple feeds the press. Photo: PED
Inside the press are, well, feeding. There are tables filled with sweet rolls and fruit and nuts and yoghurt parfaits. There are chefs ready to prepare waffles and omelets to your liking. And if you are so inclined, you can break bread with some of the biggest names in tech journalism, including the Wall Street J0urnal's Walt Mossberg, GigaOm's Om Malik and Daring Fireball's John Gruber.

posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 02:22 PM
Iphone the original hipster smartfone
I just got a kewl app but you probably never heard of it its soooo obscure like only 2 other ppl have it and they are tibetan monks who get jealous that i can totally mediate better than them.

posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 06:54 PM

2X faster downloads. Max performancs to 14.4 down from 7.2 mbs. 5.8 up. This is what competitors describe as 4G.

Not quite, 4G is around 50 mbs

all this waiting and anticipation and no 4G , what a disappointment. I was waiting for it to come out, but for that single reason I will not be getting it.... I guess Droid it is.

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