The iPhone 4S: Stud or Dud?

It all started about one week ago when Apple announced their exclusive fall event. There was very little information given – we get it, create buzz – and all you could really find out was determined from a set of icons: Date, Time, Location (would be different than their typical unveiling), and, the most peculiar of clues, a phone icon with ‘1’ beside it…only one thing being talked about, perhaps?

Was it to be the highly-anticipated much roused launch of the iPhone 5? Were the tweets of techies to be answered with a bold new device that would further Apple’s impending stranglehold on the mobile market? Would we witness Facebook status updates switch to “Waiting in line for the new iPhone, only one week to go…I hope the weather holds out…”?

No…not so much. Uproar ensued when really all that was announced was a souped-up version of the current iPhone, the iPhone 4S. Don’t get us wrong, the new iPhone 4S has some sexy features, like a 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 chip (read: seven times faster than the original iPhone 4), changes to the built-in antenna system (less dropped calls, we consider that notable), improved battery power (amping up to a solid 8 hours of talk time and up to 10 hours of video playback), and it’s now a world phone so traveling Instagramers are set for their next journey. Massively impressive on the iPhone 4S is the 8-megapixel camera, a huge step up from the industry-standard 5MP, and now you can record video in 1080 HD. There’s also Airplay Mirroring (allowing you to enjoy your vids and games on a larger screen either wired or wirelessly), and SIRI: Your Intelligent Assistant – pretty much just ask SIRI to do something (wake you up at 5am, send your boss an email, search the web, get directions, compose a text for you, dial a number, etc.) and it’ll complete the task while you remain hands-free. We think that’s pretty rad.

The iPhone 4S is in preorder, and expect all the naysayers to trade-in. Sure, it may not be the iPhone 5, but with the iPhone 4 still going strong and converting the mobile masses, why would Apple send out the next level device unless it has to? The iPhone 4S still seems worthy of accolades, and we’re sure that Apple-loving YPs will no doubt still love the next gen device.

The iPhone 4S will be available on October 14th through Bell, Rogers, and Telus.