Last updated: October 5, 2011 - 9:12am
Apple, in its first product unveiling since Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive officer, introduced a faster iPhone with voice features and a higher-resolution camera to help it vie with Google’s Android. The new iPhone 4S’s A5 chip will make graphics seven times faster than the old processor. The model will cost $199, $299 and $399, depending on features, and will be sold by Sprint Nextel for the first time.
Apple already has agreements with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Apple let down some investors by not unveiling a more groundbreaking iPhone 5 model, though shares rebounded late in the day. The iPhone 4S, available Oct. 14, will have a camera with 60 percent more pixels and can handle high-definition video. The device also relies on an “intelligent antenna system” that’s designed to improve call quality and works with both CDMA and GSM wireless standards. Users will have up to 8 hours of talk time on one charge. A new voice-recognition system, meanwhile, will turn the device into a hands-free personal assistant. The technology lets users check weather, get directions or surf the Web using speech commands. Apple already had basic voice-control abilities on the iPhone for placing a call or accessing a song. The company also demonstrated iCloud, a new service for storing files such as pictures and music on Apple’s remote servers. That means the files can be accessed through iPads, iPhones and Macs, and mobile devices no longer have to sync up to a computer. Apple will give away advertising-free e-mail as part of the service, which comes out Oct. 12.
IPhone Gets Its Upgrade, All Under the Hood (NYTimes)
New iPhone Bows but Fails to Wow (WSJ)
No High Five for Apple (Wall Street Journal)
Apple unveils modest iPhone update (FT)
Apple unveils new iPhone (SJ Mercury News)
Apple's iPhone 4S adds Siri personal assistant (SF Chronicle)
- Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet
- Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S
- New iPhone Risks Same Old Same Old
- Apple vs. Android: A courtroom war of attrition
- Apple vs. Google: The Stakes Are Rising
- Microsoft and Verizon Plot an iPhone Rival
- Apple vs HTC: proxy fight over Android could last years
- Carrier Trade Is Still In Apple's Favor
- Can New Android Software Unify Android Devices?
- Yes, Google "Stole" From Apple, And That's A Good Thing
- Oracle, Google suit: Details of Google’s first phone released
- Apple vs. Samsung: the real battle for mobile supremacy
- Google Links Up With Verizon to Fight Apple
- Microsoft Unveils Kin Social-Networking Mobile Phones
- Will Verizon’s iPhone Shake Up the Mobile Market? Not So Much.