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Key features of Apple's latest smartphone
iOS 5: Apple is trotting out its shiny new operating system, dubbed iOS 5, for its shiny new iPhone. Key features include Notification Center, a new app that lets you manage all your notifications "in one place and without interruption" and the iMessage service that can be used to send SMS, pictures and videos to fellow iOS 5 users. Apple is also touting improvements to iOS's photo editing capabilities, its Safari browser, and its integration capabilities with Twitter.
Months' worth of iPhone 5 rumors went up in flames today when Apple announced a modest update to its famous iPhone device family with the iPhone 4S. There would be no teardrop designs, WiMAX connectivity or super-large screens. But that doesn't mean the iPhone 4S doesn't bring anything new to the table. In this slideshow we'll give you an overview of the new device's key features, including access to iCloud, Siri and more!
Siri: The most intriguing new feature on the iPhone 4S is the much rumored Siri, a voice-enabled "personal assistant" that can interpret your speech patterns and provide you answers to your questions just by asking it in a natural voice. You can tell Siri to wake you up at 6 a.m. and Siri will then set your alarm for you, or you can have Siri remind you to take the garbage out on Wednesday night. You can also use Siri to make calls, send text messages and emails, and to find local businesses that the program sorts based on their Yelp! Ratings. In all, this looks like a winner for the new iPhone.
Pricing and availability: The iPhone 4S will come in 16, 32 and 64GB models with Australian pricing starting at $799 for the 16GB model. The 32GB model will set you back $899 and the 64GB version will cost $999.The device will launch on October 14.
The display screen and other exterior features: OK, so we know that the iPhone 4S will have the same dimensions as the iPhone 4: 4.5-inches high, 2.31-inches wide, and 0.37-inches thick. The display screen size remains 3.5 inches with a resolution of 960x640 pixels. The big difference in the device's exterior features will be its 8 megapixel camera that takes only 0.5 seconds between shots and that can also record video in 1080p HD resolution. In all, it's basically the same exterior with an upgraded camera. The more interesting features come in the device's interior hardware and its software.
iCloud: Like all other iOS devices, the iPhone 4S will have access to iCloud, Apple's handy new online storage system that has three key features: iCloud Storage, which gives you 5GB of free storage for email, documents and backup; iCloud Photo Stream, which wirelessly pushes any pictures you take with your phone or tablet onto all your other devices; and iTunes in the Cloud lets you sync up all the music you've purchased from the iTunes store and push it out to your devices. Apple is also offering iTunes Match, a software program that scans over music in your iTunes Library that you haven't purchased from the store and tries to find a match for it on its online database of more than 18 million songs. Unlike other iCloud services, however, this one isn't free and will cost you $25 per year to maintain.
Processing power and other internal features: Apple is touting its new A5 dual-core processor as the best iPhone chip yet, as it will be able to process graphics "up to seven times faster" than the iPhone 4's A4 chip. The iPhone 4S will also be the first iPhone to have up to 64GB of internal storage, in addition to its standard 16GB and 32GB models. Apple is also making the iPhone 4S a truly global phone for the first time as it will have dual radios that will give it connectivity to both GSM- and CDMA-based networks. In other words, the iPhone you buy from AT&T will now be the same iPhone you buy from Verizon. Oh, and as previously rumored, we learned that Sprint will get access to the iPhone 4S as well. One other thing of note: the new iPhone does not have WiMAX or LTE connectivity so it appears we'll have to wait until the next edition for that.
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