iPhone 4S – need to know

It's the iPhone 4, Jim, but not as we know it. Same design – turbo-charged insides

The much-rumoured iPhone 4S has officially revealed itself to the world and although it's clad in the same attire, make no mistake – it's had a major internal overhaul.

iPhone 4S Build

Externally the iPhone 4S could very easily be mistaken for its predecessor. And it probably will be: the screen, home button and case look identical, although we'll know for sure once our guys in the field get their eager mitts on one.

iPhone 4S Power and Performance

The iPhone 4S shares the same dual-core A5 processor as the iPad 2, which translates to a phone that’s twice as fast as the iPhone 4 with graphics that are seven times snappier. Infinity Blade 2 looked particularly impressive and we can't wait for developers to churn out more games that will take advantage of the extra graphical grunt on offer.

iPhone 4S Speed

Faster data speeds are on the cards, all thanks to an intelligent (read fixed) antenna design which is capable of near-4G speeds. The 4S is also GSM and CDMA compatible, making it a world-friendly international blower.

iPhone 4S Camera

The camera also gets a welcome upgrade, packing in a mighty 8MP sensor which we’re told lets in 73% more light as well as being a lot snappier to boot – 1.1 seconds is all it takes to capture your first shot, followed by half a second for the next one. A welcome improvement for impulsive photographers.

iPhone 4S Video

1080p video recording with video image stabilization is another welcome feature and places the iPhone 4S shoulder to shoulder against the likes of the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Titan.

iPhone 4S OS 5

iOS 5 will come as standard on all iPhone 4 models and its features include 5GB of cloud storage, a revamped notification system, iMessage (think BBM for iPhone), Newsstand and iCloud.

iPhone 4S Siri

The voice-controlled assistant dubbed 'Siri' is a scary representation of how we can interact with our devices in new ways – from asking it if it will rain to reading out your texts, it's clear that Apple is banking a lot on this smart digital assistant in leading the way for technological interaction.

iPhone 4S pricing and availability

The iPhone 4S will be available on all UK networks – plus Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and the Apple Store – from October 14, 2011. SIM-free pricing is £500 (16GB), £600 (32GB) or £700 (64GB).


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