Apple iPhone 4S in Singapore from 28th October, What’s Hot?

The announcement is made. No iPhone 5 for those who speculated. It is called iPhone 4S and looks exactly the same as iPhone 4 except with a better 8 Megapixel camera. However, what has changed is the internal. A better processor, a voice Assistant (Siri), a well designed antenna and comes in 64GB. Singapore will be getting it from 28th October while some fortunate countries will get it on 14th October.

Although we are not the first batch of countries, I am glad that we made it to the second batch.


Here is the first batch countries for iPhone 4S.

And here is the important part. What is the pricing? 16GB (USD199), 32GB (USD299), 64GB (USD399).

And yes, iPhone 4S comes with 64GB. So, what is so great about this iPhone 4S that looks exactly like iPhone 4?

Here are some features on iPhone 4S.

Features of iPhone 4S

Specifications

As you can see, Apple has upgraded the chip to A5 that has dual core processor, dual core graphics and up to 7x faster in terms of graphics.

It has a great battery life (according to Apple).

And the data loading speed has increased 2x (approximate) as compared to iPhone 4.

Antenna

Another great achievement is that Apple branded the iPhone 4S as a WorldPhone. It has incorporated a GSM antenna and CDMA antenna into one, which is great for people traveling to far off places like Afghanistan because they can then connect to Afghanistan’s “Telephone Systems International” network using the almost universal GSM antenna.

Camera

What is more interesting is the Camera. In the market, 8 Megapixels camera is becoming a norm. However, Apple has really raised the bar with iPhone 4S camera.

It has 5 elements on this tiny camera and a F2.4 aperture. That means it will perform well in low light condition. This is really a great surprise from Apple. And Apple has mentioned more features like Hybrid IR Filter, better color accuracy and more color uniformity. I have to admit I am already very impressed with iPhone 4 camera. This will really make a big differences in iPhone 4S.

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And as many people has complained about the start-up speed of the camera, Apple has done something about it. See this chart for comparison on competitors’ camera. Very impressive 1.1 sec for first photo and 0.5 sec for subsequent photo.

Added to that, with iOS 5, users can double tap on the home button twice to get to the camera function. Apple has also added another role for the “+” volume button. It will become the shutter for the phone. Now, you get a physical button for the camera.

As for Video, iPhone 4S can record in Full HD (1080p), has video image stabilization and also temporal noise reduction.

AirPlay Mirroring

Another feature of iPhone 4S is the AirPlay Mirroring function. You can hook up wirelessly to a TV for showing off your great pictures and videos and most importantly, to play games on the big screen.

Siri – Voice Assistant

I believe this feature will be the talk on iPhone 4S. It is called Siri and Apple has touted it as the voice assistant and it works with built-in apps.

What it can do is really amazing. It can check weather, make appointment on calendar, send message, check currency and stock, search the web for information and etc just by talking to it. It is nothing we have seen elsewhere. Now you can even use it to type your message while you are driving or doing sports.

Siri is in beta and can works in 3 main languages (English (US, UK and Australia), French and Germany. I have doubt that our Singlish will work with it.

Specifications taken from Apple website.

Size and Weight

  • Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)
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Cellular and Wireless

  • World phone
  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz);
    GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)4
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Location

  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular

Display

  • Retina display
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Camera, Photos and Video

  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection in still images
  • LED flash
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • Video stabilization
  • Front camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second
  • Photo and video geotagging

Power and Battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • 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

Audio Playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video

  • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
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Headphones

  • Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Mail Attachment Support

Viewable Document Types

.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Sensors

  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

In the box

  • iPhone 4S
  • Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Click Here for Full Specs

That is about it on the next iPhone announcement. No iPhone 5, no “wow” factors in the event, no Steve Jobs and seriously speaking, the pace is very slow and the excitement factor is not there. But as you can see, I am no fanboy of Apple, I may be wrong on the excitement thing.
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