It doesn’t have a bigger screen, and the handset is ostensibly identical, but on the inside, the iPhone 4S has certainly improved. Much of the attention surrounding the release of iPhone 4S deals has focused on the differences between the extant iPhone and the model that’s set to take its place. Here’s an overview of the main reasons why the 4S is a single letter and a whole world ahead of the iPhone 4.
Firstly, the camera’s better. Indeed, the 8 megapixel camera may encourage many users to dispense with a standalone digital camera altogether. The camera on the iPhone 4S comes with a five element lens and 60% per cent more pixels than that of its predecessor. You’ll finally be able to take pictures from the lock screen, and use the volume buttons to snap without using the screen itself. The crop function also utilises the ancient rule of thirds, enabling even the most inebriated photographers to take great-looking pics. Once those beautiful photographs have been captured, you can organise and enhance them, removing imperfections such as red-eye with a simple tap. The video camera can also now film in high-definition 1080p, while its low-light capabilities are infinitely greater than those of the iPhone 4, as is the inbuilt video stabilisation.
This plethora of new video and camera functions are fuelled by the A5 processor, the second reason why the iPhone 4S is a more than just an incremental step forward. Not only does it impart double the processing power, but significantly improves the graphics. Apple report that the new processor is seven times faster than the iPhone 4, allowing users to enjoy a more fluid and speedy device. Apps will load quicker and games won’t lag any longer. Expected to see a load of 4S-specific apps in the near future that will make full use of all this processing power.
The third welcome addition is the arrival of Apple’s iCloud service to the 4S, making it the first proper cloud-enabled smartphone. So what exactly does that mean? Well, you’ll be able to sync calendar notifications, contacts, documents and pictures across a variety of devices. Now you can access personal data on your phone with ease: no more rummaging around for missing cables down the back of the computer desk.
The 4S also comes with a few subtler changes that are nonetheless significant. For example, the phone is equipped with dual aerials, imparting a more stable signal that should minimise the likelihood of calls dropping out. The 4S also has a longer battery life and can sustain up to eight hours of conversation, while its Bluetooth and data speeds have also been upgraded.
The iPhone 4S may not be a revolutionary product, but it is still the best iPhone to date – an achievement that cannot be understated. Those currently sporting an older model may question whether it’s actually worth upgrading; some may even decide to wait for the iPhone 5, whenever it deigns to make an appearance. There are many similarities between the 4 and 4S, and some things haven’t changed at all. On the whole though, Apple appear to have done enough to ensure that their latest iPhone – like its predecessors – will prove to be a best-seller. Once again, nothing new there.
This is a guest post by Simon.