Now that we know what Apple is offering for this holiday season in the iPhone range, it's time we compare the device (the iPhone 4S) to the most comparable Android devices. This means, of course, that we've got to hit up each of the greatest dual-core processor creators for the platform, and with them the latest and best devices running on them. What follows is an exploration of what the best from both of these major players in mobile computing can offer. Let the fight begin!
All the rumors and speculation have finally ended today regarding the next iPhone, as you all already know it will be the iPhone 4S -- no 5 here. While just about everyone and their dogs were watching the news as it unfolded, us included, the Apple site has been overwhelmed all day, pages keep disappearing for updates most likely. I'd like to introduce you to the new iPhone 4S courtesy of Apple.com
We've heard all the rumors and yes they are true. Apple is bringing full out voice control "Siri" to the iPhone. This is a feature that has been a long time coming from the folks in Cupertino, they've also confirmed that yes -- it will be called Siri. Bringing easy and natural voice control to the world of the iPhone. Look Android, the iPhone has a microphone on the keyboard now too. We have plenty of pictures of the demonstration below so head on down and look over the gallery.
This week in Cupertino in a much smaller-than-usual venue for a press event, Apple played lovely tunes as per usual by such big bands as the Rolling Stones [Jumpin Jack Flash!] and Eric Clapton. After asking the crowd to turn their phones off and that there would be just a five minute delay after the proposed starting mark at 10 AM PST, the event began. Tim Cook stepped on stage and announced that this would be his first product launch since being named Apple CEO. He let the audience know that it was his privilege to host such an event and that after 14 years of working for Apple, he was glad to be taking his new role.
It appears that someone in Japan is about to be in big trouble as their front page now features both the soon-to-be-revealed iPhone 4S and what may be a new iPod Nano. This page also lets us know that October 14th will be the launch date for this new iPhone model (at least in Japan) and one step deeper you'll find that the price has been lowered from 13,800 yen to 10,800 yen. Also note: Apple USA has done some much less suspicious leaking of the same device, this time in uploading images of the iPhone 4S to their servers - of course some intrepid fans found them quickly.
Apple's "Let's Talk iPhone" event is just hours away, and there's still plenty of argument over what will steal the show. New iPhone hardware will obviously have a significant impact on Apple's bottom line for the next twelve months. Whether the company launches one new handset or two, though, and whether the new flagship is an evolutionary iPhone 4S or a revolutionary iPhone 5, sales are likely to remain strong - after all, even more than a year on, the iPhone 4 is still in high demand. While that's all a big deal to Apple (and carriers), it's software which will make the broadest difference.
Tomorrow Apple has set an event for their newest generation iPhone to be revealed - be it the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, or a combination of the two, we've got you covered with not only on-the-spot coverage here in the main news feed, but with a Livecast directly from the event as well. All you'll have to do is head over to http://live.slashgear.com/ at 10AM PT (or get there early!) tomorrow, October 4th, 2011, and get your typing gloves out, because you'll be chatting right along with us. To prepare for this event we've a couple of comprehensive guides for you as well as portals galore so you can be in-tune with what could be, what will be, and what is!
Apple's iPhone 5 will support HSPA+ 4G for up to 21Mbps downloads, according to carrier China Unicom, with the reference to data speeds made at a presentation in China earlier this week. According to China Unicom research VP Huan Wenliang, speaking at Macworld Asia 2011, Impress reports, the fifth-gen iPhone we're expecting to be released on Tuesday, October 4, will support HSPA+ with no mention of LTE.
Apple's iPhone 5 unveiling called "Lets talk iPhone" is scheduled for October 4, and leading up to the major event is of course more speculation and clues as to what the company may have in store for everyone. According to a inside tip, Apple has updated its internal inventory system to include two new models of the iPhone and three new models of the iPod touch.
Apple has been denied the "multi-touch" trademark, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) deciding that it had already become generic in its usage. Although Apple attempted to trademark the term on the same day that the original iPhone was launched, January 9, 2007, the initial registration was rejected; Apple's appeal has similarly been denied, with the USPTO saying that "the examining attorney was not persuaded by applicant's showing of acquired distinctiveness."
Apple's rumored plans to hold the iPhone 5 launch, tipped to take place next week, at the company's Cupertino campus could be an LTE strategy decision, with the company looking to tightly control a 4G demonstration of the new smartphone. While Apple's usual iPhone launch venue, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is known to be booked up on October 4, it's also possible that the company had no intention of revealing an LTE-equipped iPhone 5 anywhere but on its home turf.