Looks like some of those rumors were true, the iPhone 4S has been officially announced by Apple. The device will features an dual-core A5 processor along with a dual-core GPU that is said to boost the graphics performance by up to 7x. The display stays the same with a retina screen and the device still has that glass backing design from the iPhone 4. The new iPhone 4S will be available on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. They will come in 16GB, 32GB, and now 64GB variants at prices ranging from $199, $299, and $399 respectively.
The antenna design has been changed so the days of “antenna gate” are far behind us. Apparently the antennas on the device will now switch between each other based on how your are holding the device. The new iPhone 4S is also going to be a dual-mode GSM and CDMA radio that will feature 14.4Mbps on HSPA or EVDO. That is right folks, the Sprint and Verizon versions of the iPhone 4S will be identical in features aside from eternal carrier branding. There is a new 8-Megapixel camera in toe with a illuminated CMOS sensor and the camera lens now has an IR filter. We expected the video would be improved and yes it has, now we have 1080p HD video recording on a new image signal processor for image stabilization and facial recognition.
Some disappoints arise in this device as Apple has not included support for the 21Mbps speeds of HSPA+, WiMax, or LTE on the next generation smartphone. Even though they have improves from the limitation of the 7.2Mbps speeds of the iPhone 4 we would have liked to see much more improvement on the iPhone 4S. Now Apple has promised 8 hours of battery life on 3G, improved from 7 on iPhone 4, 6 hours while 3G we browsing, 9 hours while Wi-Fi browsing, 40 hours while listening to music, and 10 for video consumption. No announcement of an iPhone 5 has been made. The previous iPhone 4 will be dropping down to $99 on contract while the remaining iPhone 3GS will now be dropped from $49 to the great price of free with contract.
Sprint looks to be a hot contender in the new iPhone 4S market as they will be the only carrier with the device that retains an all you can eat data plan without throttling. Verizon and AT&T have already taken to tiered data plans with throttling and that will not be a plus for new prospective iPhone customers. At least can cross the iPhone off the list of things they do not have, and existing customers can more options to chose from other than “Android, Android, and more Android!”