Top story of 2011: iPhone 4S

Lily Walker
2 January, 2012
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When the launch date of the iPhone 5 arrived, the world held its breath and watched, as the fifth generation iPhone was in fact revealed to be the 4S.

At the special ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event on October 4, Tim Cook, the new CEO of Apple spoke about the success of the company so far this year, especially the iPhone 4, which has, in a very short period of time, sold over half of the total iPhones sold the entire time Apple’s been making them. All of the ideas flying back and forth about a tear drop design, a thinner handset and a wider screen were proven wrong as the 4S retained an identical appearance to the iPhone 4. Just about everything else was changed or improved upon.

Following the launch the reaction to the iPhone 4S was less than impressed, with some analysis suggesting the new iPhone was a disappointment. However, any negative feedback proved unfounded as the iPhone 4S sold four million in the first three days following the launch. The negative reaction may also have been drowned out by news of Apple founder Steve Jobs’ death the following day.

The iPhone 4S saw the introduction of a dual-core A5 chip (which Apple claims allows the 4S to process graphics seven times faster), longer battery life, clearer and faster call quality, 8 megapixel camera as well as the much talked about, artificially intelligent assistant Siri.

Siri was a huge talking point many months before its release. For those of you who have some how managed to miss Siri, it is essentially like having a personal assistant living in your pocket. The iPhone 4S with the Siri feature allows you to do most functions on the iPhone via voice commands. You can set reminders, call any of your contacts using their name or title (e.g. Call Mum), set reminders either with time settings or for example when you leave work using GMS, find directions, set alarms, ask questions and do web searches, dictate texts and Siri is connected with Yelp in the US, for information about local restaurants and businesses.

As soon as the launch had ended, people everywhere wanted to know how they could get an iPhone in Australia. The pre-orders began for the smartphone on October 7 and could be bought in stores from October 14.

According to Business Wire, over 4million iPhone 4S phones were sold in the first weekend.

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  1. Ali says:

    , “There a LOT of popele who dock their iPhones / iPod Touches to listen to music. I see no reason why they won’t dock it for video, too.”iPods have supported video out for years but a not too long ago poll at a well-attended Mac User Group meeting showed that not one person bought the video cable even though almost everyone had at least one iPod/iPhone cable of video. Were they waiting for HD video? I doubt it.I’m just skeptical that if Apple can’t convince enough popele to buy the Apple TV to make it more than a hobby (or maybe that’s the reason popele won’t buy it), then why would they be successful using HD video out as a selling point for the iPhone/Touch.About the only advantage I could see with having HD on a mobile device is that I wouldn’t have to render a separate iPod compatible video stream from an HD podcast and then manage two separate files. I won’t pay much for that simplification though.Adding true HD to a mobile device will be nice, but I’m still not going to buy the cable.

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