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iPhone 4S officially announced!




Apple has finally unveiled its next-generation smartphone and, as expected in previous leaks, calls it the iPhone 4S. It looks the same in the outside and all the new goodness are found inside.

The iPhone 4s features a faster Apple A5 chip that’s already found on the iPad 2, an 8MP autofocus camera with 1080p video recording capabilities and a dual-core graphics that promises up 7x better performance.

The most interesting part is that the iPhone 4S supports GSM (with SIM card) and CDMA (without SIM card) networks. No more separate versions for different networks.

Battery life is impressive too at 10 hours on video playback (just like the iPad).


 

It’s now also HSDPA capable (now up to 14.4Mbps) and EVDO-capable as well so it will definitely be able to maximize the HSPA+ networks of Globe and Smart (although I’m guessing it will still be exclusive to Globe again).

Apple iPhone 4s specs:
3.5″ display @ 960×640 pixels
Apple 1GHz A5 dual-core chip
16GB, 32GB & 64GB internal storage
HSDPA, EVDO 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
GPS w/ aGPS
Gyroscope
8MP camera with LED flash
1080p video recording
2nd front-facing camera
2 mics w/ noise-canceling
Bluetooth 4.0
iOS 5

As for the price — it’s $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB — all comes with a 24-month contract with your carrier.

In the Philippines, expect the iPhone 4S to be priced the same as the iPhone 4 — around the Php37k (16GB) and Php42k (32GB) mark with the 64GB possibly hitting the Php47k range. Pre-order starts on October 7 and release is on October 14 but that’s for the US. It’s unknown when it will be for the Philippines but Singapore is getting it on October 28.

And sorry, there’s no iPhone 5.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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73 Responses

  1. iPhone says:

    No iPhone 5 yet :(

  2. Dan The Beast says:

    SOSO – Same old, same old…

  3. Brickz says:

    Just got off the Engadget live blog. Being a Galaxy S2 user, the only thing I’m jealous of is Siri which is kind of expected since it is the biggest feature. Shame it’s the same screen though, would’ve been better if they made it bigger at least. Kind of disappointed that it wasn’t the iPhone 5. Now we really have something to look forward to next year.

  4. jayman says:

    nothing mindblowing…they cant even take a good potshot at sgs2…and iOS the biggest OS for mobile??? really???

  5. Jim says:

    Epic fail for Apple… Just a few (lame) upgrades to the iPhone 4. I don’t think Siri will be a hit (think about it, everybody’s listening and knows what you are doing with your iPhone).

    Waiting for the Nexus Prime!

  6. Ronald says:

    How is it “same old same old”? I think you missed the point here. Also, really complaining about the screen size? If we’re really talking about the phone’s features and capabilities then I think iPhone 4S (despite not being called iPhone 5) is a MAJOR upgrade.

    The game-changing killer app here is SIRI. Which by the looks of it is unlike any feature in any phone in the market now.

    But I have to admit, it seems super creepy though!!

    • lolz says:

      typical blind apple fanboy

      upgrade: Yes

      MAJOR upgrade: NO

      the best upgrade it got was the A5 chip, but that’s just matching what the ipad 2 had months ago. aside from that, the only other good upgrade was the camera.

      but hey, i’m sure you’ll still love it like it’s your own child and disagree with me and defend it with all your heart and soul.

    • azrjr says:

      “The game-changing killer app here is SIRI. Which by the looks of it is unlike any feature in any phone in the market now. ”

      winmobile 7 beats apple with its 7.5 mango update a couple of weeks ago for the functionality that SIRI offers.

    • jayman says:

      siri is not an apple innovation but a bought one…if you do your homework nothing is new or major…period

  7. Jake says:

    iPhone 4S, a big disappointment!!! was expecting for a new design, bigger screen, and 4G LTE.. now im reconsidering of buying the phone.. :(

  8. Tristan says:

    Nothing new on iPhone4S except SIRI, which is creepy! :))

  9. Teka Muna says:

    yuga, ano ba ung scoop mo before from an editor of a newspaper comp???

  10. jeyem says:

    I think I won’t be needing a new one… Yung new specs, pang luho hindi necessity…

  11. Dar says:

    the whole world waited 16 months for this???? what a disappointment!

  12. Spark says:

    Anyone knows what marketing strategy means? lol. Kahit ano mangyari bibilhin yan ng consumers. :D Lagi lang pnagccrave ng Apple ang mga buyers. :D

  13. jovas33 says:

    10 hours of battery life…wow!

  14. ian says:

    i waited 16months for this phone, now im gonna have to buy the htc sensation

  15. domz says:

    A big disappointment! We waited for so long for the new iphone but the new specs does not look promising.. So expensive too.. :(

  16. boohoo says:

    Isipin nyo na lang, iPhone 5 yan…hihihihihi…

  17. jayman says:

    apple users are burning my fb because of my undivided postings about the new iphone…bakit ba mahilig maghanap ng gulo ang mga users…at the end of the end the REAL technoheads are the ones who really know what is what…my opinion is that apple is selling more of the name and being arrogant of something that they do not have (in reality)…and android though a general open OS still sucks in terms of power management and interface (lets face it, htc sense is the nearest competition for iOS UI)…ang akin lang po, whatever one chooses, at the end of the day, phone pa din ang hanap natin…call…text…thats it…those should be the priority of mobile phones…

  18. jdGONEMAD says:

    when will it be available in the grey market? sana atleast first week ng december meron na.

  19. blaze says:

    lovin’ my S2 more….

    • Kazooie says:

      Me too! Not that much of a new upgrade if you ask me, but i still like that same form factor of the ip4.

  20. someone says:

    kaya pala kinakasuhan ni Apple si Samsung becasue of this lame upgrades. hahaha. tactics.

  21. rockyroad says:

    kaya pala kinakasuhan ni Apple si Samsung becasue of this lame upgrades. hahaha. tactics.

  22. rockyroad says:

    kaya pala kinakasuhan ni Apple si Samsung becasue of this low upgrades. tactics nga naman.

  23. Louie says:

    I’m sticking to Nokia N9…
    The only thing that differs is it’s OS and Video reocrding capability… but who the hell cares on it and need it anyway… I’ll go for N9 because it has better & sexier aesthetics than iPhone 4S…

  24. bminor says:

    SGS2 had voice command functionality when it launched. powered by vlingo.

  25. Spidey says:

    The car enthusiasts call it – SAME BODY, New Engine.. :)

    http://digitalspidey.com/2011/10/the-all-new-iphone4s/

  26. iphone idiots says:

    for those saying dis appointments…tignan nyo yung specs mabuti compared to iphone 4. yung from single core to dual core should be enough to have you go gaga (like sa other brands. basta dual core akala mo sobra na) it’s the same thing.

    yes nasa IPAD 2 na ung processor.. pero nasa iphone na ba before? (kung ganun kakitid utak mo) edi dapat na lalabas na phone bulok na … kasi nasa quad core etc etc na mga PC ngayon.

    stupid idiots

    • jayman says:

      easy with the bashing sir…before you go and announce how great the new iphone is better do your homework…btw as your name suggest i guess hands down…

    • cocopako says:

      @iphone,,, ang gulo mo magpaliwanag.,,,,

  27. whatif says:

    Nexus Prime!
    (pangalan palang parang durog na iphone 4Same jk lang *trollmode*)

    -naisip ko lang pano ngayon ipag mamayabang ng mga early adopters na naka iphone 4S sila kung wala pinagkaiba sa itsura?

  28. Val says:

    If Apple released a new form factor, could it have been called the iPhone 5? Or not. :) I thought Apple was going to introduced a new cheaper iPhone device to cater emerging markets like the Philippines. Anyway, they lowered the price of the 3GS and 4, so I guess that’s their marketing plan.

  29. 1. So how much would be Globe’s new price for the original iPhone 4 and the old 3GS?

    2. What will happen to those guys I saw last month who bought iPhone 4, will Globe give them rebates?

    • lady says:

      as for your question they won’t give you any rebate or anything, that happened to me, i applied for their iphone plan which is 3gs then 2 months after iphone 4 has been released and there’s nothing that they can do cause you bought that before the new one has been released.

  30. Operation Super says:

    The question now is how much would the 3GS and iPhone4 cost here.

    My guestimate, iPhone4 8GB might be on the 25k-27k area. 3GS, 21k?

    I’ll buy it if it lowers to 17k, because that’s how I see it is worth it specswise.

  31. Sixel says:

    This is the comparison of Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Apple iPhone 4S

    Clearly it shows that even the current market phones can beat this phone.

    Epic fail, Apple

    http://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-vs-Iphone4S.png

  32. maz says:

    hmmm. That chart is wrong in several places. First, it’s rather deceptive about the display. Retina vs AMOLED, AMOLED in blue? That’s opinion, not a spec comparison. The iPhone’s resolution should be in blue. It’s obviously superior. What the heck is High Profile? They didn’t mention the iPhones stabilization feature, better optics, etc. Samsung is bigger, iPhone should be in blue. What is Samsung’s 3g talk time? What about other battery time for other tasks? Dedicated outer camera button? iPhone should be blue. Memory limitation? Samsung has a 32GB memory limitation, iPhone is twice that. iOS is superior to Android. That is subjective so both really should be in black. So the only thing the Galaxy II has on the iphone is the bigger screen. Other than that it’s just another mediocre android phone in a sea of mediocre android phones.

    Now here is the big question. Can the Galaxy I run Android 2.3? NOPE. Can the iphone two versions back run iOS 5? Yup! How about resale value? Samsung Gallaxy P7,000 max. iPhone 3GS? 12,000 – 15,000 (sulit.com.ph). And from the experience of my niece, good luck even selling a Galaxy I.

    So go ahead, buy your expensive paper weight that will be absolutely worthless in a year or so. In the mean time, I’ll jail break my iphone and do anything your android can do, but even better. SMS sucks on android, surfing sucks on android, syncing and listening to music sucks on android.

    • maz smart says:

      Pare says:
      “pre bluetooth mo nmn yan saking company profile .doc mo sa phone”..

      Iphone User: “hindi pwede iphone to eh”
      Katulong: sakin sir pwede khit sa lockscreen isang tap lng dahil sa widgets/customization!

      Pare: “sige pre kopyahin mo na lang tong record ng meeting sa laptop ko”…

      Iphone User: “hindi pwede iphone to”
      Katulong: sir sa lowend model android phone ko pwede yan

      “pre meron na kong bagong movie sa pc n gusto mo”

      Iphone User: ”teka installan ko muna ng iTUNES yan tapos convert natin sa .mp4, 2hours lang naman!
      KATULONG: sir saken n lang kaya play ALL movie formats tsaka diretso transfer.

      “Nyek Pre smartphone ba yan?”
      KAtulong: “hindi po pang porma ni sir at mini games lng sa mini screen ang function ng iphone, ipod touch w/ calls lol”
      Iphone User: INDAY UWI!!!

    • grek says:

      does it mean n pangkatulong ang android or it proves that even the low end android phones are smarter and better than the ipod touch phone version? lol

    • Pinoy Persuasion says:

      @maz, that is the best comment ever on how dumb iPhones/iPads are! It is predicted by pundits that Apple will crumble due to its being a closed system, if now immediate, then in the long run.

    • Sixel says:

      “First, it’s rather deceptive about the display. Retina vs AMOLED, AMOLED in blue? That’s opinion, not a spec comparison. The iPhone’s resolution should be in blue. It’s obviously superior. What the heck is High Profile? They didn’t mention the iPhones stabilization feature, better optics, etc”

      First of all read it better. Samsung GS2 has a Super Amoled PLUS, which is better than the retina display. It is a comparison because if you read it is preferred by professional analysts. Not just end users.

      It just corrects what was a failure in the last iPhone. It’s improved on the fail yet it still a fail.

      “Samsung is bigger, iPhone should be in blue.”

      If you want a smaller screen then go ahead. I say bigger is better. Why would I shell out that much money with a smaller screen?

      “What is Samsung’s 3g talk time? What about other battery time for other tasks?”

      Like it said it’s 8 hours.

      “Dedicated outer camera button?”

      The dedicated camera button is just the volume up, it doesn’t have an actual camera button. You don’t need it because the front facing camera takes excellent picture, unlike the VGA crap the iPhone has.

      “Memory limitation? Samsung has a 32GB memory limitation, iPhone is twice that.”

      Wrong again and you suck at math. Your iPhone only has a maximum of 32G, if you buy that phone with that memory. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has 16G internal + 32G of microSD. That’s 48G of memory. Which you virtually have unlimited memory because you can use an external SD card. UNLIMITED MEMORY, unlike the iFail.

      “Now here is the big question. Can the Galaxy I run Android 2.3? NOPE. Can the iphone two versions back run iOS 5? Yup”

      Actually you can put gingerbread in Galaxy S. Besides I know iOS 5 when it was Android 1.6 .

      “How about resale value? Samsung Gallaxy P7,000 max. iPhone 3GS? 12,000 – 15,000 (sulit.com.ph). And from the experience of my niece, good luck even selling a Galaxy I.”

      There is no Galaxy 1. It has great resale value because of the ignorance of people (like you) of great quality phones.

      “So go ahead, buy your expensive paper weight that will be absolutely worthless in a year or so. In the mean time, I’ll jail break my iphone and do anything your android can do, but even better. SMS sucks on android, surfing sucks on android, syncing and listening to music sucks on android.”

      You have to jailbreak it just to use it properly. You have everything you need on Android right out of the box. You have the freedom to do anything on your phone, unlike the iFail which you need to comply to Apple’s dictatorship.

      Yeah, I can do a lot things on my Android that doesn’t even come in the iPhone. What was the flagship feature is the iPhone 4S? Voice command? That’s all? I have that now!

      Face it Apple is already one year behind in the technology. You don’t even have 3D yet. Only Android-cloned software, old technology.

    • maz says:

      First of all read it better. Samsung GS2 has a Super Amoled PLUS, which is better than the retina display. It is a comparison because if you read it is preferred by professional analysts. Not just end users.

      End Users is what matters. It’s who is spending the money.

      Wrong again and you suck at math. Your iPhone only has a maximum of 32G, if you buy that phone with that memory. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has 16G internal + 32G of microSD. That’s 48G of memory. Which you virtually have unlimited memory because you can use an external SD card. UNLIMITED MEMORY, unlike the iFail.

      I think you are the one that is wrong. You should go read the specs closer. The max size of the iPhone 4S is 64 GB. Samsung is limited to a 32 GB sdcard. Even if they came out with a 1 TB sdcard, your s… out of luck.

      If you have a lower end android phone, your really out of luck no matter how big the SD card is. How many apps run from the SD card? Not very many.

      There is no Galaxy 1. It has great resale value because of the ignorance of people (like you) of great quality phones.

      I was compareing resale value on a Samsung Galaxy i5503. Ignorant people like me? My first smart phone was a Treo 180. I’ve been through Palms, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iPhone, and Android. I support these things for a living. I am a professional.

      Yea OK, so I have to jailbreak. Who cares if I upset Apple. Don’t really care. Takes me 2 mins to jailbreak.

      Apple pays more attention to detail and they don’t just launch half baked stuff. When they launch it, it just works. How much stuff on your phone is stock android? Your phone manufacture does numerous tweaks. Each manufacture does different tweaks. What a mess.

      Half the stuff I want to do with Android I have to go search the web to figure out how to do it. Apple is just intuitive. And did I mention that Android’s keyboard just sucks. I can sit on my iphone and type and email longer than this post. Can you do that with your android?

      Now Mr Android Fan boi. Answer me this. How can you setup a lock screen photo on with a phone with HTC Sense? How about turning of 3G for voice/sms, not data? You know we have such great 3G coverage in the Philippines. It’s only 1 bar in our house. My wife’s android phone periodically misses text messages and I suspect it’s because of 3G. She has one bar, my iPhone has 4-5.

      Even when the same app is on both iPhone and Android. iPhone’s version just works better. My wife uses our iPod touch for facebook because Android’s facebook just can’t do some of the things that iPhones can. Don’t ask me what, i’m not the facebook addict she is. Maybe android’s version can do it. It’s just not very intuitive .

      How about browsing? One the iPhone you double to zoom into text in a column, Android you have to manually zoom in.

      How do you add a contact from Android’s SMS app? iPhone, simple, click the Add contact button. Android? Hold down on the phone number until the menu pops up. How intuitive is that? Not very intuitive for my college graduate asawa.

      Am I an Apple fan boi? Absolutely not. I jumped ship many times before, I would jump ship in a second as soon as something a lot better came out. I’ve only had and iPhone 4.

      Am I disappointed with only an iPhone 4S? Yea. But I’m still happy with the iPhone 4. Let’s see what Apple does next year.

      BTW. How many people are using Smart’s always on with a low bandwidth limit on Android? One client of mine ran up a $1000+ phone bill roaming with an Android. Such a data hog.

  33. The Truth says:

    iPhone 4, Iphone 4S, iPhone 4GS, iPhone 5, Iphone 5S, iPhone 5GS and so on and so forth….

  34. sammy says:

    Apple really dissapoints..
    anyway ito na ung link para
    mkita nyo ung dissapointments
    na ginawa ng iphone 4same sa inyo
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-20115424-233/the-5-biggest-disappointments-of-the-iphone-4s/

  35. razorous says:

    IMO, winner talaga iphone sa battery.

    @yuga: Can the Galaxy SII could do 10 hours of video playback? Does that mean the older iPhone 4 wasn’t capable of that? I was just waiting for Apples announcement on this before getting SGSII. Feedback kasi sa SGSII mabilis ma-drain battery.

    • lolz says:

      The Galaxy S2 uses 1650 mAh battery type, and the iPhone 4 has 1420 mAh battery The Galaxy S2′s battery is definitely bigger than that the iPhone 4, and it sounds natural because the dual core CPU would use lots of energy, while the large screen do the same.

      I have both and sometimes the Galaxy is longer, sometimes its iPhone 4. It depends on the use.

  36. jaysonic says:

    will anyone with iphone4 consider to upgrade to 4s? i dont think so. id rather wait. unlike when the iphone 4 came out, the 3gs users easily accepted the change.

    personally id rather wait for the i5 (kung meron). or shift to galaxy s2 (cheaper)

  37. badamba says:

    siri astig… kaya lng pede kaya ito dito sa pinas.. magkanu ang price? lahat plan? hahahaha

  38. Cipher says:

    hi yuga, i wonder what is a better “alternative” to this so-so iphone 4s? HTC Sensation XE (i’m not into Beats fanboyism of XL) or SGS2? from the leaked specs, seems like SGS2 is still better than Nexus Prime, or am i wrong and better wait for the Prime?

    Well at least these three models are obvious overkill against the iphone4s IMO =P

  39. TANGA NG PINOY says:

    Tanga nyo naman kinukumpara nyo yung specs nde nyo alam ang ibig sabihin ng luho? kung ayaw nyo sa i phone bat nyo sinearch tong blog na to mga bobits.. LUHO YAN ALAM NAMEN NA MAS MARAMENG FUNCTIONS ANG IBANG PHONES DYAN. tanga amfff

  40. Name: nengsss says:

    tanong lan po, wise choise bang antayin i-release locally si iphone4s or bumili na lang ng iphone 4 now?

    medyo tamad akong mag-compare ng specs eh hehe

    thanks! :)

  41. Nokia boy says:

    nokia padin ako. sa nokia tlga nagsisimula ang lahat ng new techs, so need pa magbayad ng ibang competitors like apple para sa mga patent ng nokia.eh alm nyo po ba ibigsabhin ng i sa iphone?
    kung di nyo alm eh isearch nyo po. Meaning yan, they only innovate. Meaning wala silang original na new technology na discover, kumukuha lang sila ng patent ng iba then innovate nila. icompare mo iphone 4 sa nokia n8 interms of new technology. May USB on the go ba ng iphone, may HDMI out ba ang iphone, may 12mp camera ba iphone and may NFC tech ba sila. Ang panget lang sa nokia is their OS. di cya ganun kagarbo pero user friendly pa din ang UI nila. So para sakin Nokia pa din ako.

  42. akrhocalypse says:

    Damn the iphone here in the philippines is freakin expensive!!!I’ve rather buy an iphone in the US or singapore…XD

  43. dChen says:

    No need to trashtalk if you do not like the product simply keep it to yourself.

    Apple has its ways of marketing a product just like any other smartphone manufacturer. All products have their ups and downs.

    Best keep discussions clean and friendly rather than trashing around.

  44. Awwwww says:

    Dipende na sa user yan. Aanin ko ang phone na maraming features like android smart phones kung di ko naman kailangan ang lahat. May widgets ka nga pero affected naman battery life mo. And try buying a cheap android phone and you’ll see how it sucks!! low internal memory, slow and keeps on crashing! So you’ll end up thinking, sana nag galaxy s2 na lang ako, eh di naman cheap yun eh, konti lang naman lamang ni iphone sa price. And I don’t care about the display, I’m not gonna watch a movie with my smartphone, kaya nga may TV at PC di ba?! I prefer iphone kasi solid OS nya at specifically built for the hardware and the battery life is way much better. And now that i’ve upgraded to iOS 5 everything is faster and smoother… try upgrading your cheap adroid phones if you can.. android ecosystem is not unified, different hardware and proprietary UI and not to mention bloatware. Of course there is rooting… I won’t waste my time rooting if I am already satisfied with my android device, right? Not to brag but I have a galaxy ace and s2 and I also have a 3GS and 4G and I prefer the iphones than the samsung ones. My samsung’s sole purpose is for tethering and rooting experiment. My iphone is for daily use because I’m satisfied with it.

    • Kaye says:

      Very well said.
      Depende talaga sa tao ang pagpili ng phone and dapat talaga ang pagbili ng phone hindi “best in the market” kundi yung “it suits my needs”.
      I’m a former iphone 3GS user, and I love my iPhone pero dahil sa mahal ang data plan and I’m a twitter addict I switched to blackberry torch because of the low cost data plan. Plus I can BBM my friends abroad with no international sms cost.

      Blackberry is not the best in the market, but it suits my needs. Besides in the end of the day the most important is you can call and text :)

  45. iNewbie says:

    ano po ang pros and cons pag bumili ako ng iphone 4 or 4s sa ibang bansa? and yung warranty ba ng phone i-honor dito satin?

    I’m just asking for opinions, sana walang mag react ng nega. thanks! ^_^

  46. Awwwww says:

    @iNewbie

    It will be cheaper but chances are it will be under contract, however recent changes has been made, and apple is selling unlocked iphone 4S now, a bit cheaper than what you’ll be getting here. You’ll get an international warranty so it’ll be honored here.

  47. iNewbie says:

    @Awwwww

    magkano po kaya price difference kung sa abroad bibili?

    and how much kaya yan kapag dito satin bibilin yung unlocked version?

  48. Awwwww says:

    @iNewbie

    I’m not really quite sure kasi wala pa namang iphone 4S dito, judging from prices quoted ng mga gadget sellers, it’ll be around 45 to 50K or baka mas mataas pa. They usually take advantage lalo na kapag wala pang unit available locally. If you have relatives abroad coming home for christmas, especially in Canada you can have them buy the unit for you, it’ll cost you $649 CAD plus 13% tax on 16GB model, so mga around 31K with the current CAD to PH peso exchange rate. If you are willing to wait, siguro mga a few months from now, you’ll get the iphone 4s on roughly the same price.

  49. iNewbie says:

    @Awwwww
    baka hintayin ko na lang magkaroon ng stock dito sa phil sir. wala pa naman pambili eh. hahaha… just inquiring about the price. kasi kung malaki talaga yung difference baka abroad na lang ako pabili. Pero kung konti lang, wait ko na lang dito satin.. most likely sa UAE ako papabili sabi kasi nila mura daw dun yung gadgets…

  50. Kim says:

    Is iPhone 4s the last iPhone?

  51. Kim says:

    @Awwwww Is iPhone 4s the last iPhone?

  52. JC says:

    What month do you think will they be releasing it?

  53. How much is this here in the philippines?

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