Coming Soon from Apple: iPhone 4S, iOS 5, iCloud
Article by George Norman
On 05 Oct 2011
Yesterday, Cupertino-based software developer Apple had some exciting news to share with the world: the fact that later this month it will release the iPhone 4S, the iOS 5, and the new cloud service iCloud.

The exciting thing about the iPhone 4S is that it is better than its predecessor, the iPhone 4. From a visual point of view the two devices look the same. But when you look under the hood, you can see that the iPhone 4S is better. It features a dual-core A5 chip and a new 8-megapyxel camera equipped with an f/2.4 lens capable of full 1080p HD resolution video recording. According to Apple, the iPhone 4S has up to twice the processing power and up to seven times the graphics power if its predecessor – and it does it all by still offering exceptional battery life.


The iPhone 4S also features Siri, an intelligent assistant that responds to voice commands. It will be available in Beta in English (localized for US, UK and Australia), French and German. A video presentation of Siri is available below at the bottom.

The iPhone 4S will be released to the public on the 14th of October. The device will be available for pre-order from the 7th of October. The suggested retail price with a new two year rate plan is of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB mode, and $399 for the 64GB model.

The next generation of the iPhone will be powered by the next generation of the iOS operating system, iOS 5. Apple touts iOS 5 as being the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system.” The operating system comes with more than 200 new features, such as iMessage (a new messaging service), Notification Center (a new way to view and manage notifications).

iOS 5 will be released to the public on the 12th of October. Customers who get an iPhone 4S will get iOS 5 preloaded. Existing iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 customers can get iOS 5 as a free update.

On the 12th of October Apple will also release iCloud, a set of free cloud services meant to help you store your data in the cloud. Data from your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac or PC can be sent to the iCloud, then wirelessly sent back to any of your devices. Data is backed up and synced across your devices all thanks to iCloud.

“iCloud is the easiest way to manage your content, because iCloud does it all for you and goes far beyond anything available today,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “You don't have to think about syncing your devices, because it happens automatically, and it is free.”

“iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.”

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iOS, Siri, iCloud
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