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M.I.S.S. Techcessories: Apple’s New iPhone 4s

iphone 4S

Only thinking a wee bit differently this time around

Wait.  Your eyes are not deceiving you.  You might think you’re staring at a regular, plain Jane old iPhone 4, but trust me: this is the new iPhone 4S.  And just like the 3GS was to iPhone 3G, the iPhone 4S is what basically amounts to a slightly improved, faster version of the phone that millions (possibly bajillions) of people have come to know and love over the past year.

If it ain’t broke, sort of kind of fix it.  That’s the mantra the designers at Apple must have been chanting when designing the iPhone 4S.  The outside is old, but the inside is jam-packed with a range of new goodies.  There’s a new dual-core A5 chip powering the thing, and a new dual-core GPU for faster graphics performance (which can only mean 3D versions of Angry Birds are coming soon, right?).  There’s a new 8 megapixel camera around back that sports apertures down to f/2.4 and allows for full 1080p video recording, making it a lot more comparable to your a stand alone point and shoot.  Then there’s the redesigned antenna.  It was the bane of many iPhone 4 users, but now it’s been redesigned so that holding your phone in particular ways no longer drops your calls.  Huzzah!

Probably the most interesting addition this go around, though, is Siri.  It’s an intelligent assistant that let’s you check your emails, make calls, send text messages and more simply by talking.  It can understand your natural speaking voice, and recognizes words in context as well.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t go all SkyNet on us and usher in the downfall of humanity.

The 4S will come in both black and white, starting at $199 for 16GB and $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for a brand new 64GB model, which seems like quite the value when you think of the very first iPhone’s 8GB capacity and $599 price tag (ah, the good ole’ days).  Each version will be available this Thursday, October 14th, on AT&T, Verizon, and…Sprint!  Somewhere a T-Mobile customer is curled up in the fetal position crying in the corner.

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