With great anticipation, we watched the announcement of several new updates to the Apple IOS 5 release as well as the highly anticipated iPhone release. Having already tested IOS 5, the discussion was nothing new nor was it exciting. What really had our attention was the release of the iPhone.
Apple has released an upgraded version of the iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4S. Much like the release of the 3GS, the iPhone 4S is a mere upgrade with very little to be excited about. In all fairness, I do like the updated features I was just expecting more. That being said, the iPhone rumors that have circulated still point to an iPhone 5 but more on that later.
So here is a lost of the features I found Interesting:
Right now the iPhone 4 is capped at 7mb/s. With ATT throttling the connection we realize closer to 3 or 4mb/s. Bumping the iPhone 4S to HSDPA allows the use of fake form of 4G allowing 14.1 mb/s. This is double the bandwidth on the current iPhone 4. This is a big deal as we use Google Maps, location services, Netflix and in my case, stream movies from our servers. When a movie is streamed, it is encoded to support the bandwidth of the current connection. Greater bandwidth allows for higher quality movies. In the case of netflix, a minimum of 12mb/s is required for HD. Hopefully ATT won’t throttle the connection.
2. 8MP Camera
This is really impressive. A good camera that as equal settings will run around 300 dollars. To get an iPhone that has a camera that is this good is quite a feat. But are megapixels the only thing that matter?
To any learned photographer, one of the first things learned is megapixels do not equal photoquality. More important is lighting. The iPhone 4S boast an aperture of f/2.4 which equals more light. In addition the the aperature, it has a backlit CMOS again improving low light photography. Other features include face detection and pinch to zoom. The camera can be accessed from the lock screen and pictures can be taken using the volume control side button. Since it boasts such a high quality camera, it stands to reason that the video will also be on par.
2. 1080p Video
1080p is better than 720p, which is found on the current iPhone 4. Combined with the high quality lense, we can expect high quality video. But with 1080p video, we need a place to put it.
3. 64GB storage.
Very little to say here. More storage means more movies in HD, pictures, apps and music.
4. Dual Core A5 processor
Although not really needed since the iPhone 4 is fast enough, dual core processors will always increase speeds. The increase is not double though due to the law of diminishing returns.
What I don’t Like
It may be a great voice program but I don’t use the voice controls that are already found in the iPhone 4. With the voice feature I can make calls and play music. With Siri I can add to my calender and send text messages. I feel this is a waste of development. Once I get my iPhone on October 14 i will test this feature and see how well it integrates into my routine. Now you may be thinking “isn’t Siri part of IOS 5?” Yes it is but it is only available to iPhone 4S users. The Siri integration probably explains the dual core A5.
2. Twitter Integration
I am not a twitter fan. I guess for those that are, they will love this feature. But why just twitter? I would also like to see blogger, wordpress, facebook and google+.
If I were not in the tech industry I would wait until the iPhone 5. But since I need to test and learn about it I will be pre ordering one on the 7th. For those with iPhone 4′s I suggest to wait as the release of an iphone 5 is still considered possible by online sources. There have been some leaks regarding the iPhone 5 such as:
1. Edge to edge screen
2. Cases being made for a teardrop design
I will post updates as I get them. All pictures courtesy of Apple