There's one thing I can promise you about the space program. Your tax dollars will go further. - Wernher Von Braun
FLOGGER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has unveiled a faster Iphone called the Iphone 4S alongside an Iphone 4 8GB model.
The new Iphone 4S will be available for pre-order on 7 October and will launch on 14 October. It has an Apple-designed dual-core A5 processor chip, which Apple claims is up to seven times faster than the one in the previous Iphone 4.
The Iphone 4S comes in a 64GB version for the first time of any Iphone device. Apple has also launched a 8GB version of its Iphone 4, available for £429. UK pricing for the 4S models hasn't been confirmed, but the Apple web site says it starts from £499.
It is likely that all UK mobile operators will stock the new Iphones. So far, Orange and T-Mobile have told The Inquirer that they will range the devices.
The Iphone 4S has eight hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2G talk time, six hours of 3G browsing, nine hours of WiFi web browsing and 14.4Mbps download speeds.
Apple has also improved the steel bands on the outside of the phone so it can now intelligently switch between the antennas for better call quality.
The device has an 8MP camera with a hybrid IR filter and takes 1.1 seconds to snap the first photo, apparently. It also has HD 1080p video recording capability.
Meanwhile, Apple has added a voice feature called Siri, which can follow along with actions and understand context. It will have support for English, French, and German. Apple is launching Siri in beta.
IOS 5, which adds tabbed browsing, will launch on 12 October. It has updated features such as a notifications centre to see notifications on the lock screen, and swipe to go directly to that app. It also allows users to create reminders, which can be location based.
Meanwhile, Imessage is a new messaging service between IOS users, and Apple has integrated Twitter with its OS and into many of the built-in apps, like photos.
The camera has had an update and users can edit photos, as well as get to the camera from the lock screen.
The cappuccino company has also launched a bizarre app that allows users to create cards on their Iphones, and it will print them out and Apple will emboss them. That's, erm, useful.
Another new app called 'Find my Friends' allows users to see their friends' locations. It can be switched on and off.
Itunes Match is a cloud application that lets users edit a playlist or create a new one, and it is updated across all Apple devices. Apple says it will cache and stream right on your device and claims, "all of this for $24.99 a year".
Meanwhile, as predicted, Apple updated its Nano and Touch Ipod models. No Iphone 5 was mentioned, but perhaps that's an announcement for early next year. µ
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