iPhone 4S Debut: Everything You Need to Know

Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller introduces the new iPhone 4sIf you're an Apple fan like me, you're well-aware that today was THE day we were supposed to FINALLY get some serious, concrete details about the new iPhone -- aka the iPhone 4S. (not the iPhone 5 many of us were hoping for). Sadly, Steve Jobs wasn't the one to share the news with us. Today's Apple press conference, aka the "Let's Talk iPhone" keynote, was headed up by newly minted CEO Tim Cook. He and Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller made the big announcement: Come October 14, you'll be able to purchase a brand-new iPhone 4S. It will look just like its predecessor the iPhone 4 ... but its "guts" and capabilities will be brand spankin' new!

Here's the scoop ...

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As it was rumored, the new phone will run on the same chip as the iPad, the A5, making it seven times faster than the processor in the old model. It will also have a dual-core processor, so it can have fancier-shmancier graphics for sweeter game play. It'll also be a world phone, so it's roaming on CDMA and GSM and you can use it all over the globe without trouble. Pretty sweet for anyone who goes overseas a lot for business ... or pleasure!

Another incredible stand-out feature that I'm psyched for is the phone's brand new voice-controlled personal assistant Siri, which Apple says can help you "get things done just by asking." The trailer for the new iPhone 4S shows how you can just speak into the phone to dictate messages (even replying to a text message with your voice!), schedule appointments, place calls, search the web, ask for directions, etc. It's kinda amazing.

And for all you shutterbugs, the camera's been improved, too. The iPhone 4S has an 8-megapixel camera and a backside illuminated sensor that helps the phone capture 73 percent more light, which is really helpful for taking even better photos. Plus, the camera will be faster at taking pics. (As a 3GS owner right now, this is super exciting news, because I always feel like my camera is increeeedibly slow, and I often miss the moment I'm hoping to capture!) It can also take 1080P HD video.

Also nice: The phone should offer up to eight hours of talk time on 3G. It will be available in 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399) capacities in both black and white with a two-year contract.

So, okay, I'll admit I'm a wee bit disappointed that it's not a totally redesigned iPhone 5, but seems like there will be enough "goodies" in this new model to make some iPhone 4 users upgrade, some Droid users switch, and not to mention 3GS'ers like me are going to be all over it! Ten days, baby!

Will you be buying the new iPhone 4S? 

 

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