A to Z on iPhone 4S – All that is known

On November 8, 2011

1. Introduction.

The iPhone 4S has been a sensational product by Apple with four million units sold during its first three days of launch. This remarkable feat was made only by this mobile phone and not others.  The product has been covered bit by bit here but never thoroughly so here is an A to Z about Apple’s newest iPhone, the iPhone 4S.


Unveiled on 4th October 2011 and then released ten days later in the US and a few select countries, the iPhone 4S is an upgrade to the iPhone 4 not in terms of looks but rather on the internal hardware and software instead. For some people, it might even be a disappointment considering that they were looking forward for a device that looks even better than its predecessor. Nevertheless, the response from customers was even better than any other iPhone before.

2.    Hardware and features.

The iPhone 4S comes with several internal updates which includes a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor which replaced the A4 found in the iPhone 4, an 8MP camera with aperture of f2.4 and capable of capturing full HD videos as well as two antennas which helped curb the antennagate problem found in the previous version. In addition to that, the iPhone 4S is also a world phone meaning that it can use both GSM and CDMA networks albeit not at the same time.  A new feature that is available specifically on this phone is Siri, a voice-recognition virtual assistant that has been taking the technology world by storm due to its reliability as compared with other software of the same kind.

There is no 4G antenna on the iPhone 4S which means that it is not compatible with Verizon LTE but it does have HSPA+ support that allows it to get up to 14.4Mbps download. Other than that, most of the specifications remain the same but the improvement on its performance as compared with any of its predecessor is obvious as it scored almost twice better than the iPhone 4 in a benchmark test. With the new iPhone 4S you can also enjoy the benefit of SIM only contracts in the UK that are available on most mobile networks. With SIM only contracts you will have more minutes and texts at quite a lower price to enjoy as much as you want. With the help of SIM only contracts, tariffs are really low all of the packages have large internet access.

3.       Price.

In the US, the iPhone 4S is priced at $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for 32GB and $399 for the 64GB version on contract. The price would remain the same in some countries where there is a need for contract but in their own exchange rate and variable taxes.

4.       Release date.

The iPhone 4S is scheduled to be available in roughly 70 countries worldwide but it will be released through phases. Currently there are only 29 countries on which the it is available but expect more to be released on late November as the device will be made available worldwide via non-contract methods.

5.       Problems.

The problems that currently cloud the iPhone 4S is the battery life as there are a lot of reports that the device could not withstand long hours without the need to charge it. However, when compared with other smartphones in the market, the device actually fared well with usage of almost 6:30 hours as compared with most smartphones which didn’t even make it past the 5 hours line. Not to worry however, because Apple has already been working on it and with a new update soon to be released (iOS 5.0.1), the battery life problem will be a thing of the past.

6.       Conclusion.

Would the iPhone 4S be a great device to have? Suffice to say that it would especially if the user is already a fan of the iPhone. With hundreds of thousands worth of application available at the App Store, there is no question how it fares amongst other prominent platforms such as Android, Meego and even Windows Phone 7. It was an already powerful device made even powerful after the iPhone 4S upgrade.