Apple Let's Talk iPhone Event Roundup

Apple Let's Talk iPhone Event Roundup

Eric Chen
Oct 4, 2011

For those of you missed out on the long-awaited Apple's iPhone event that just happened, we geeked it out for you and got all the major announcements right here in one convenient location! Yes, we've got all the details on the iPhone 4S. Read on to see what all the fuss is about!

iPhone 4S.
Lets get straight down to the meat and bones of this announcement and talk about the elephant in the room...

  • Design: As the name suggests the iPhone 4S has the same exterior as the iPhone 4, but that's because Apple really got into the internal and made it a wolf-in-sheep skin kind of phone.
  • Processor: Packing an iPad 2 matching, dual-core A5 chip with dual-core graphics. What this means for you: Apple claims up to 2x faster graphics, 7x graphic performance AKA super fast.
  • Antenna: Automatic switching between Antennas, means no more grip of death. And Apple also claims improved download that could rival 4G (we're assuming they're talking about HSPA+) phones.
  • World Phone: the iPhone 4S will come with both GSM or CDMA antennas, which means you'll be able to use it all over the world and with different carriers.

  • Camera: This is Apple's major feature upgrade. Already being the most popular camera on Flickr, Apple upgraded the camera sensor to 8 megapixel with "backside illumination" which translates to better pictures with and faster performance. And the added Hybrid IR filter gives it better colors. Apple also put in five element lenses and a f/2.4 aperature, trumping most low end point and shoot in the market. Face detection, better white balance and insane photo taking between shots: 2 pictures in less than 2 seconds, unimaginable for a phone. Also just for kicker, it also does macro, 1080P video recording, real time image stabilization, noise reductions, the list goes on and on.
  • Pricing: $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB; new!)
  • Release Date: Preorder on October 7th, shipping October 14th.
  • Additional Carrier: Now on Sprint!
  • iPhone 3GS now free, with the iPhone 4 8GB coming in at $99

New iOS Apps
Apple also announced a slew of new apps that are developed in-house:

  • Cards: A greeting cards app that lets you create greeting cards right on your phone. You have the option of either emailing it or Apple will print it for you and snail mail it for you. Price: $2.99 in US, $4.99 International. App is free.
  • Find My Friends: An app that sounds a little like the Google Latitiude annouced way back. It's a location sharing app that lets you share your location and find your friends and family, presumably off your contacts list, using the built-in GPS. With options for temporary sharing and easy-to-use privacy control.
  • Siri Assistant: With Apple's acquisition of app maker Siri comes the Siri Assistant app, which takes voice command to the next level. Assistant app not only does the usual text-or-call-so-and-so commands, but it also understands human-like questions like "do I need a raincoat" for weather or set up an alarm by asking it to "wake me up at 6am." It is an intuitive solution that is not seen on any smartphones on the market, it'll actively ask you if you need to move an appointment if you double booked. Available in English French and German. Unfortunately, only on iPhone 4S.

iOS 5 release on October 12th
Just as a quick recap of some major new features for iOS 5.

  • Notification Center: brings much needed improvements to iOS notifications.
  • iMessage: A messenger app for iOS users, allowing you to send text, photos and videos. Think BBM for iPhone.
  • Reminder: brings all your appointments to one place.
  • Twitter: integrates this popular web app throughout the phone, most notably with the photos app.
  • Camera: tweaked for more functionalities, such as press volume button to take pictures.
  • Newsstand: think iBooks for magazines and newspapers, allows new issues to be downloaded while you sleep
  • Safari: improvements include tabbed browsing and reader function.
  • Check out our iOS 5 coverage for more details

iCloud release on October 12th
iCloud features will enable syncing without a computer and across all your iOS devices through storing all your iOS information in the clouds. Check out what we thought here and what to do to get ready. Pricing: First 5GB of iCloud storage will be free with the 10GB option at $20/year, 20GB at $40/year and 50GB at $100/year.

iTunes Match: it matches ALL of the music in your library with iTune's version, DRM-free, along with your playlists. All of your music will be cache in the cloud and can be streamed to all your iOS 5 devices. Available for $24.00/year.

iPod Announcements

iPod Nano. Now has fitness functions built-in, so you can track your runs with integration with Nike+ without external dongle. Apple also came out with 16 new clock designs for those that use this as a watch. Prices: 8GB for $129/16GB for $149. And another bit of good news is owners of the older 2010 model can update/upgrade for free via software update through iTunes (we just did).

iPod Touch will be getting iOS 5, and got a nice price drop. 8GB for $199, 32GB for $299/64GB for $399. Did we mention it'll also come in white?

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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