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Old October 4 2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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iPhone 4S

http://content.usatoday.com/communit...-next-iphone/1

I like what I'm seeing.

Still no iPhone 5 announcement as of this posting.
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Old October 4 2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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Apple stock is down 4.7%. Ouch.
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Old October 4 2011, 08:16 PM   #3
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For a company that claims to focus on user experience and not fixate on hardware specs like Android phone manufaturers do, a spec bump is pretty disappointing.

They would have absolutely cleaned house with a bigger screen in a similar sized form factor. That said, the next year should be pretty interesting from a gadget lover's perspective.
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Old October 4 2011, 08:24 PM   #4
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Re: iPhone 4S

All in all, a very disappointing showing, IMHO.

Top end Android phones have the newest slickest iPhone beat.

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Old October 4 2011, 08:31 PM   #5
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This is fantastic news...for me.

My contract was up a few months ago, and I wanted to re-up so I could get an iPhone 4 (16 GB, $199). But I decided to be patient and wait for this announcement to see what Apple was actually going to do. Now, I can get the same iPhone 4 for $99. I just saved myself a cool hundred bucks! (Yeah, it's only going to be an 8 GB phone, but I don't care about that). Hell, I'd even get the iPhone 3GS now that it's free, but I'm too worried that it won't run iOS5.

But seriously...what? A faster processor...for what, exactly? An 8 MP camera as opposed to a 5 MP...but it could be 20 MP...it's still a shitty cell camera, just like all cell cameras. Voice recognition software that's two years old...again, for what?
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Old October 4 2011, 08:41 PM   #6
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Re: iPhone 4S

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For a company that claims to focus on user experience and not fixate on hardware specs like Android phone manufaturers do, a spec bump is pretty disappointing.

They would have absolutely cleaned house with a bigger screen in a similar sized form factor. That said, the next year should be pretty interesting from a gadget lover's perspective.
Agreed. The 1080p recording is great but how long will you be able to record that for??

There are still these "iPhone 5" cases popping up; maybe a redesigned iPod?? Next year with the promised new look Macbook Pro (hopefully not some wafer-thin Macbook Air-esque) and also at some point we should get a newly designed Mac Pro too.
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Old October 4 2011, 08:44 PM   #7
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Figure it didn't really matter for me either way. I'm holding out until they release a 4G version of the phone. Until then, they can upgrade the specs all they want, but it's really still the same stuff mine does. Increasing the actual network speed is what will get me, not how shiny and kewl angry birds will look on the screen...
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Old October 4 2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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There are still these "iPhone 5" cases popping up; maybe a redesigned iPod??
Those were based on a prototype that's not supposed to see the light of day, according to "sources".
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Old October 4 2011, 08:56 PM   #9
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When the 4S was announced, I pretty much figured the 5 wouldn't follow. I like what they've done with the 4S, but those features aren't enough to get me to upgrade to it. I'm going to assume that these features along with a boatload of new ones will be added to the 5. I'm halfway into my two year iPhone 4 contract, so hopefully, when it comes time for me to renew next Fall, the 5 should be on its way.
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Old October 4 2011, 09:01 PM   #10
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I've had my 3GS since the 3GS was launched, and I am very disappointed that the 4S is just an iPhone 4 with different guts.

There are Android phones with better specs, AND 4G LTE, AND bigger screens. Why should I stick with the iPhone?

I just got my wife a Galaxy S II last night. THAT'S a pretty phone...
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Old October 4 2011, 09:17 PM   #11
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This is certainly a disappointing launch for both Apple and Tim Cook. There is nothing 'special' about the new iPhone and there are arguably better phones already out there which are also cheaper. I wonder how this is going to affect their market share over the next year as it is already wobbling.
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Old October 4 2011, 10:14 PM   #12
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Wow, what a disappointment.

My contract (iPhone 3GS) is up in exactly 2 months, and I was debating between the best new Android smartphones and the "new iPhone" - feeling sure there'd be an iPhone 5 based on leaked cases and parts manufacturers.

No frikken way do I get a 4S knowing there's an iPhone5 waiting in the wings. The 4S based on what I have seen does NOT beat the best of the Android smartphones. All they did was bring iPhone roughly up to par to Android... definately leaning towards a Galaxy S2.

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Old October 4 2011, 11:37 PM   #13
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Well, as someone with a three-year-old iPhone 3G I am happy to upgrade to the 4S when it is available. I will admit that I was hoping for something more dramatic than what we got, but the rumors had been circulating for a while now that a 4S-style upgrade was in the cards (and not a full redesign). I guess this will be Apple's standard practice - introduce a model, update the model, and then replace it entirely. They did it with the 3G/3GS and now the 4/4S.
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Old October 5 2011, 12:14 AM   #14
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No frikken way do I get a 4S knowing there's an iPhone5 waiting in the wings.
I'll be pretty surprised if there's a new iPhone out before September of next year, especially if it looks anything like the case manufacturers' hypothetical. There was a lot of fishy stuff about that leaked case spec sheet, from the lack of complimentary rumors, to the shape of the phone itself. A tapered design that's thicker on the top and thin at the bottom is only really sensible for something like a laptop, where it gives the keyboard a slight incline. It wouldn't be too weird for an iPhone held in portrait mode, but once you held it landscape, either the left side or right side would be thicker and the balance of it would be off. A peculiar choice, considering that Apple comes on pretty strong about iOS being a gaming platform, and so many games being motion-sensitive.

The same "weird, but acceptable in portrait, but totally bonkers in landscape" criticism can be leveled at the fact that the case spec has the screen set high up in the body of the phone, rather than centered. The small "forehead" and big "chin" is odd-looking vertically, but holding it horizontally means that the left or right hand won't have as much space to grip off the screen.
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Old October 5 2011, 09:44 AM   #15
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This is certainly a disappointing launch for both Apple and Tim Cook. There is nothing 'special' about the new iPhone and there are arguably better phones already out there which are also cheaper. I wonder how this is going to affect their market share over the next year as it is already wobbling.
Beeing able to just call out "Wake me up tomorrow 8 o clock" or "What will the weather be like tomorrow" without even touching the phone seem special enough for me. A further step towards trek like speech recognition.
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