To recap, iOS5 will be available from 12 October. Here are some of the main features:
- Notifications: Very Androidish - a replacement system for iOS’ otherwise antiquated alerts system.
- iMessage: A free to use, iOS-to-iOS SMS replacement.
- Reminders: user creatable time/location based reminders.
- Twitter integration.
- Newsstand: Apple’s in-house distribution system for iPad magazines.
- New and improved camera (One click access from the lock screen, red eye removal, cropping, rotating, etc).
- Game Center (Recommendation engine, Achievements system).
- Improved Safari browser (Faster, lighter, tabbed browsing on iPad, and the “Reader” content scraper).
- Mail app improvements.
- PC-Free (Activation without iTunes).
But we knew all that. What about the new phone. The iPhone 4S?
- Externally the same as iPhone 4 - screen size, glass back, etc.
- A5 Dual-core Processor, dual-core graphics (up to 7x faster)
- Improved battery life: 8 hours of 3G talk time; 6 hours of browsing; 9 hours on WiFi; 10 hours of video; 40 hours of music.
- Improved call quality through intelligently switching between the two antennas between transmit and receive. Downloads theoretically 2x faster than iPhone 4.
- One phone for everyone: GSM + CDMA.
- Improved camera: 8MP sensor; f/2,4 lens; high speed auto-focus; face detection; auto white balance; 1080p HD video.
- Airplay mirroring - great for gaming.
- Voice-controlled personal assistant. You can ask things like “Will it rain in Cupertino?”, or “Can you find me a Greek Restaurant in Palo Alto?”, or “What’s the time in Paris?” and it’ll answer accordingly. This is the culmination of their purchase of Siri back in 2010 - and surprisingly enough, they’re keeping the “Siri” name.
- Available from launch in black or white.
- US pricing: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, or 64GB (new) for $399.
For the millions of iPhone 4 users out there, myself included, this launch is great news; your phone hasn't been made completely redundant today. I guess time will tell, but after delaying the launch from the typical June timing, I was expecting more. I believed Apple needed the extra time to finalise some awesome new features! I assume that the revised exterior design, 4" screen, LTE, NFC, etc will be kept for the iPhone 5. Let the speculation begin!
Thanks for reading!