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October 5, 2011

Stevie’s Spin: With The iPhone 4s, It’s Inner Beauty That Counts

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Apple’s new CEO, glass-closeted and future super-gay, Tim Cook, revealed the latest model of the beloved iPhone today. In the past 24 hours we went from expecting an iPhone 5, to perhaps both a 5 and a 4s, to actually getting only a 4s.

The new phone has the same casing as iPhone 4, so brandishing your new acquisition in public won’t garner the usual lustful glances, though the guts of the device have been reworked considerably. Here’s a rundown of the most exciting updates and the biggest letdowns.

The Wo0t! List:

+ 8 megapixel camera with entirely reworked hardware
+ Full HD, 1080p video at 30 fps
+ Faster processor and graphics
+ Faster  connectivity with enhanced 3G via HSPDA
+ 2 two antennas for fewer dropped calls
+ Now a world phone, compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks, including Sprint

The Boo! List:

+ No phone redesign, same look at iPhone 4
+ No 4G
+ Nominal battery life increase

The Oh SNAP! list: Siri, personal assistant

The sexiest new feature of the iPhone 4s is Siri, an advanced virtual personal assistant and I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. Voice command technology is infamously glitchy and we are well overdue for a revolution in this department. Apple is banging the drum hard with claims you can use conversational language to ask about the weather, change an appointment, call someone or even ask Siri to remind you to do something at a later time.

Your new personal assistant, SIRI

The one red flag is that the technology is said to be in beta, meaning you can’t get too pissed if it doesn’t work. Expect frequent software updates as feedback rolls in from early adopters and Apple gets patch-happy.

Ultimately, the iPhone 4s is an underwhelming update to the awesome iPhone 4. Many will use it as a balm to make the extended wait for the iPhone 5 more bearable. That said, I’ll be hitting refresh like a drug-addled lab rat Friday until the webpage loads and I can place my pre-order. Will you?

About the Author

[Geekdom contributor] Steve "StevieSpin" Lunny is a NYC-based digital media designer originally from Montreal. When not working on interactive media and motion graphics at his day job, Steve is designing mobile apps and games by night for his startup StevieSpin Digital Media.



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  1. So you are underwhelmed, but still running out to get it? Other than the siri (and the huge crack down the back of mine) why should I really upgrade? I can see doing it if you had a 3 or 3G, but from the 4, do you really see a point? Why not wait for the 5?

  2. StevieSpin

    On a personal level, knowing there’s a better version of the phone floating around – and I don’t have it – would make me crazy. The “official” reason is that, as a developer, I need to see what the current hardware can do so I know how to execute future projects. Yep. that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  3. Ty

    I’m super stoked for iCloud.. more importantly… FriendFind.. Hate having to text a million times to find friends at the same venue.!!

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