Will you swap your iPhone 4 for the iPhone 4S?

by Dale Wright

In the tech world there’s only one story this morning – the iPhone 5. Or, to put it another way, the iPhone 4S.

The lack of a brand new 5 model was a disappointment to many, especially those who had been sticking it out with their iPhone 3G or 3GS in the hope that they’d be able to skip straight over the iPhone 4 range.

Apple insist that the 4S is a “complete overhaul”, but on Twitter last night, many iPhone 4 users were disappointed with the announcement. Shares in Apple dropped by 3% almost immediately.

The iPhone 4S is 3 grams heavier, but externally, it looks identical. The camera has been improved and bumped up to 8 megapixel resolution. It’s nothing other smartphones aren’t already doing, and seems to be more an attempt to keep the iPhone range in line with Samsung and Nokia.

The most eye-catching feature in the iPhone 4S is an artificial intelligence system, Siri, which responds to your voice. I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable asking my phone questions in public, so it remains to be seen if this feature is actually useful, or just a toy. Siri used to be available for older iPhones but all the software has now been discontinued, so it’ll be iPhone 4S-only from now on.

The 4S also has a new antenna, and an A5 processor to bring it (literally) up to speed with the iPad 2.

The really good news for iPhone 4 customers is that the new iOS 5 will be out within the next week. Little things like better notifications will be a big help, especially if you don’t constantly check your phone all day long, and the new iMessage app will work across all iOS 5 devices – much like BlackBerry Messenger does for RIM users. With iOS 5 comes iCloud – instant backing up and cloud storage for all your Apple devices. Photos you take on your phone will instantly appear on your iMac, for example. This looks like a genuine step forward, and we can’t wait to give it a try.

If you want to get the iPhone 4S, you’ll be able to grab one in less than ten days, although nobody knows how much it will cost in the UK. The new top of the range 64GB model will cost $399 with a two-year contract in the US.

 

Will you be getting rid of your iPhone 4 and getting an iPhone 4S?