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Apple Ups iPhone 4S Orders to 15 Million Following Huge Demand

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, most of the tech enthusiasts I know let out a collective sigh. Everyone, including me, was hoping that Apple would launch an iPhone 5, but instead, Apple launched an upgraded version of the iPhone 4, which looked exactly like its predecessor.

However, the iPhone 4S is much powerful than the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, and its new AI assistant feature — Siri — is really impressive.

The iPhone 4S broke all of Apple’s previous records on the first day of pre-order availability, selling more than 1 million iPhone 4S units. Apparently, Apple underestimated the potential demand for the iPhone 4S too. It had ordered around 10 million units from Pegatron, its hardware partner in Taiwan earlier. A report in Digitimes states that Apple has now revised its iPhone 4S unit orders to 15 million, in anticipation of greater than expected sales.

Pegatron is also ramping up its manufacturing capacity, in anticipation of orders to manufacture the iPad 3 from Apple, which is expected to launch next year.

Looks like Apple is going to prove all the naysayers wrong. Again.

You can check out our complete coverage of the new iPhone 4S here – Apple iPhone 4S

AppleCare+ Offer Extended to iPhone 4 and 4S Pre-orders Until Nov. 14

AppleCare+Apple not only  announced  a new iPhone last week, but also updated its AppleCare program for iPhone.  AppleCare+ for iPhone is a new  extended warranty service that combines tech support, software support, and the company’s first accidental plan.  Earlier, AppleCare used to be offered for $69, but the new $99 AppleCare+ for iPhone replaces that program. AppleCare+ extends an iPhone’s repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date but also adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to an owner’s poor handling of the device.

Each accidental damage incident is subject to a $49 service fee (normally $199 or more for accidental damage repairs) and is available only for the iPhone and its included accessories. In addition, the company promises that customers taking advantage will receive either a new or refurbished iPhone.

Today,  TUAW reports that earlier they had received numerous e-mails from Apple’s customers asking how to add the warranty to an existing order (since AppleCare+ had to be purchased with the iPhone 4S purchase), but no definitive answer was available.  TUAW has received official word from Apple that if you did not get a chance to order AppleCare+ with your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, Apple is extending the eligibility. The eligibility has been extended to November 14th.

Dear Apple Customer,

Thank you for your recent iPhone purchase at the Apple Online Store.

We would like to let you know that every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee.

We noticed you weren’t given the opportunity to add AppleCare+ to your iPhone. If you would like to extend your coverage for only $99, please reply to this email.

Thank you for shopping with Apple.

Sincerely,
Apple Online Store Team

On Monday, Apple had announced that it had received a record one-million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in the first 24 hours of availability. One order of a black 32GB iPhone 4S with a side order of AppleCare+, please!

Benchmarks of iPhone 4S Crush Galaxy S II’s in Every Way

In March 2011, Steve Jobs at the  iPad  2 event explained how technology just isn’t enough to create a quality product. It is a combination of hardware + software that makes a great product, and that held true for the  iPad  2. Once again, it has held true for the iPhone 4S. Yesterday, it was reported  that the iPhone 4S has just 512MB of RAM. Today, AnandTech reveals that the iPhone 4S’s A5 processor is clocked at 800 MHz, which is 73% faster than the iPhone 4.

AnandTech iPhone 4S benchmarks

The new figures also from AnandTech reveal that the iPhone 4S scores a Geekbench score of 623, easily beating the A4 processor found in the iPhone 4. Geekbench score is a method of measuring a system’s performance. In fact, the iPhone 4S processor is underclocked slower than the 1GHz A5 CPu found in the iPad 2, which earned a score of 751.

In terms of graphic processing, the iPhone 4S is seven times faster than the iPhone 4 (just like Apple claimed). One test shows that the iPhone 4S scored a 73.1 while the iPhone 4 took 11.2, and in another the iPhone 4S clocked a score of 122.7, compared to 15.3 for the iPhone. The GPU and CPU score for the iPhone 4S were a bit slower than the iPad 2, but also smoked the competition, including the Samsung Galaxy S II (1.2 GHz), Samsung Infuse 4G (1.2 GHz), and Motorola Droid Bionic (1 GHz), all of which feature processors with higher clock speeds than the iPhone 4S. In addition, while Android phones have 1GB or more of RAM to power the OS, the iPhone 4S  just  has 512MB RAM to power the world’s best OS and its features. Things might change when Ice Cream Sandwich arrives, but I’m skeptical (lol).

“At a lower operating frequency than its Android competitors, Apple does have to exploit its strengths in software to avoid any tangible performance penalties,” authors Anand Lai Shimpi and Brian Klug wrote. “Apple has traditionally done this very well in the past, so I don’t expect the loss of frequency to be a huge deal to the few who cross-shop iOS and Android.”

The iPhone 4S will launch this Friday, October 14th in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Can we stop comparing on hardware specs now?

18.8m iPhone 3GS Users Expected to Upgrade to Apple’s iPhone 4S

Last week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well. Since then, it has been a massive hit.  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale. In addition, Apple announced  that the iPhone 4S sold one million preorders in its first 24 hours of availability (because they weren’t selling).

Piper iPhone 3GS 2011

Yesterday, it was reported by an analyst that Apple achieves a bill-of-materials cost of $170 for the 16GB iPhone 4S and $220 for the 32GB model. This means that Apple is making more per handset than any other smartphone manufacturer. Today,  Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray believes that most users who bought an iPhone 3GS before the iPhone 4 went on sale will make the upgrade in the next year. He estimates that  there are 27.6 million iPhone 3GS users who are ready to upgrade their smartphone. These numbers are based on of what he says  “several conservative assumptions” regarding sales and upgrades.

According to the report,  if 25 percent of those users upgraded early to the iPhone 4 and 15 percent switched platforms to Android, that would leave 18.8 million who would buy an iPhone 4S. This August,  Munster revealed the results of a small poll of 216 mobile phone users, in which he found a  near-perfect retention rate  among iPhone customers. Also, the survey found that  94 percent of current iPhone customers said that they expect to replace their iPhone with a better model in the future vs. switching to another platform like Android. This goes to show that iOS exists so that people can own a great smartphone, while Android exists so that anyone can make a smartphone. Guess, which one worries me?

Jaffray sees Apple selling  104.4 million iPhones in its 2012 fiscal year — that would be a 35 percent increase from 2011. He has also suggested a price target of $607 for Apple’s share price.

Apple’s iPhone 4S Includes 512 MB of RAM

It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.- Steve Jobs

In March 2011, Steve Jobs at the iPad 2 event explained how technology just isn’t enough to create a quality product. It is a combination of hardware + software that makes a great product, and that held true for the iPad 2. Once again, it has held true for the iPhone 4S. While Android phones have 1GB or more of RAM to power the OS, the iPhone 4S just has 512MB RAM to power the world’s best OS and its features.  The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. For a phone that only has 512MB RAM and is still able to power so much is mind blowing.

iPhone 4S

Donald Mustard, creative director for Epic Games, recently said in an interview detailing Infinity Blade 2 that the iPhone 4S  will offer just 512 MB of RAM.

“I’m still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I’m literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with  512MB  of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?”

With the move to Apple’s A5 chip and dual-core graphics, the iPhone 4S’s is now largely mirroring that of the iPad 2 and Apple’s philosophy, which also contains 512MB of RAM.

The iPhone 4S will launch this Friday, October 14th in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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Apple Expected to Achieve Manufacturing Margins of 70% with iPhone 4S

Last week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well. A few days after,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale.

iPhone 4S margins

Today,  Apple  announced  that the iPhone 4S sold one million preorders in its first 24 hours of availability (because they weren’t selling), setting a new record for the company. Now,  Analyst, Chris Whitmore, with Deutsche Bank  believes  that  Apple achieves a bill-of-materials cost of $170 for the 16GB iPhone 4S and $220 for the 32GB model. Whitemore also says that the new 8GB iPhone materials cost $140.

In addition, the company also  achieves a greater dollar subsidy from its carrier partners for iPhone purchases.  The 16GB iPhone 4S subsidy is estimated to be $450, while most competing devices are estimated to be less than $350.  “This suggests manufacturing margins on the iPhone 4S are 71-73% (vs. ~38% for iPod touch) and should support attractive corporate margins for AAPL for multiple quarters,” Whitmore said.

What’s interesting is that these subsidies allow Apple to reach a $199 price for the 16GB iPhone 4S with a new two-year service contract. That is at par with competing devices, and about $60 less expensive than 4G phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II ($229 with contract). I’m no analyst, but these numbers sound amazing! Pretty much this means that Apple is making more per handset against any other smartphone manufacturer, but wait! Marketshare means everything. NOT. As Kevin O’Leary would say, “It’s all about the money.”

Whitmore believes that the iPhone 4S will keep Apple the “smartphone gold standard,” and will allow it to keep the largest share of smartphone sales versus other hardware vendors. Also, the bank has suggested buying Apple’s stock, along with a targeted price of $530.

Apple Sets New Record with 1M iPhone 4S Preorders on First Day

Last week,    Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well. A few days after,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale.

iPhone 4S

In addition, yesterday, just 24 hours after pre-orders started for the iPhone 4S, Apple pushed back expected shipping times for the device from expected delivery on October 14th to an estimate of 1-2 weeks. Did I mention 4S and not the “iPhone 5″ everyone was expecting? Yup, that’s correct.

Today, Apple announced that the iPhone 4S sold one million preorders in its first 24 hours of availability, setting a new record for the company.  “We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.  “The first day preorders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

The million sales surpass the previous single-day preorder record of 600,000 set by the iPhone 4 when it launched in 2010. Also, total sales of the iPhone 4 on launch day were 1.7 million, which tied the sales record previously set by the iPhone 3GS. If you ask me, clearly, nobody wanted to purchase an iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S will launch this Friday, October 14th in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. I’ll be camping out, will you?

Apple Sells out of iPhone 4S for Oct 14th Delivery, Now Quoting 1-2 Weeks

Earlier this week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well.

iPhone 4S shipping 1-2 weeks

Yesterday,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale.

Just 24 hours after pre-orders started for the iPhone 4S, Apple pushed back expected shipping times for the device from expected delivery on October 14th to an estimate of 1-2 weeks.  The Apple Online Store changed its pre-order availability for all models of the iPhone 4S early Saturday. When pre-orders started around 12:01 PST on Friday, server issues delayed sales for Apple and AT&T.

However, Apple’s other two wireless carrier partners in the U.S., Verizon and Sprint, were able to begin pre-orders on time.  Last year, Apple  announced  that they saw a record-breaking 600,000  iPhone 4  pre-orders in the first day  across all carriers  in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. Last year’s 600,000 number included all of Apple’s launch carriers, while yesterday’s did not.    In addition, Sprint’s website shows that the 16GB iPhone 4S is sold out.  Clearly, nobody wanted to purchase an iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S will launch next Friday, October 14th in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

 

AT&T Alone Sees 200,000 iPhone 4S Preorders in First 12 Hours

Earlier this week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the “iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well.

iPhone 4S

Today, Reuters reports that AT&T is seeing an  “extraordinary demand” for the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T reveals that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale.  Last year, Apple announced  that they saw a record-breaking 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders in the first day  across all carriers  in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. Last year’s 600,000 number included all of Apple’s launch carriers, while today’s number does not.

This number is from AT&T alone. So, if we assume 200,000 pre-orders were taken for each carrier (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint), that turns out to 600,000 pre-orders in 12 hours!!  In addition, Sprint’s website shows that the 16GB iPhone 4S is sold out.

Clearly, nobody wanted to purchase an iPhone 4S.

Unlocked iPhone 4S coming in November; won’t work with CDMA carriers

Earlier this week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. In addition,  the iPhone 4S is now a world-phone. This means there will be a single iPhone this year, for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

iPhone 4S worldphone

Today, pre-orders for the iPhone 4S began, and it also revealed that it will be sold unlocked and contract-free in November, starting at $649. It was revealed that the unlocked iPhone 4S will only work on supported GSM networks, like AT&T in the U.S. But it will not work with any CDMA carriers, including Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

“The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a contract commitment,” Apple’s description reads. “You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.”  Apple has warned that a credit check may be required for customers who purchase the unlocked GSM iPhone 4S in November. In addition, customers must be at least 18 years of age to buy.

The unlocked/contact-free version of the iPhone 4S is available in all three capacities, and is priced at $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB and $849 for 64GB. It will be available in both black and white beginning November.

 

 

AT&T Considering Adding “4G” Indicator to iPhone 4S Status Bar

This week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. In addition, the iPhone 4S supports AT&T’s HSPA+ network (which means that speeds will be like 4G).

Today, The Verge  has discovered an internal memo which reveals AT&T trying to convince Apple to add a “4G” indicator to the handset’s status bar. This would allow AT&T to further differentiate itself from competitors, Sprint and Verizon. Sprint and Verizon run CDMA networks and do not offer HSPA+ connectivity. Also, it should be noted that  HSPA+ also does not fall under the definition of “true” 4G.

ATT Coverage Map

The iPhone 4S’s redesigned antenna allows faster HSPA+ connections, and is one of the major features of the new iPhone. However, during the keynote, Apple executives did not mention that the iPhone 4S is a 4G phone. Apple executives did mention that the iPhone 4S offers data speeds that are competitive with existing 4G networks.

In fact, AT&T and T-Mobile have advertised their own HSPA+ networks as having    “4G” speeds, even though they aren’t true fourth-generation technology. AT&T is currently rolling out a true LTE 4G network in the US.  Currently,  AT&T’s 4G LTE network is available in a total of five cities.

Real Racing 2 First iOS Game with 4-person Split Big Screen Action Via AirPlay

This week, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. AirPlay mirroring allows users to stream whatever is on your iPad 2’s or iPhone 4S’s screen to your HDTV via Apple TV.

Today, famous game developer, Firemint, has announced a new feature  for the iOS 5 update to its “Real Racing 2″ game that will offer the first 4-player split-screen iOS gaming experience on an HDTV. Firemint will now support, what they call, “Party Plan” mode,  which allows two to four friends to stream a game onto one big screen. Before this update, players had to use the displays of their individual handheld devices.  In addition, the new feature offers higher polygon counts for car models and refreshed 3D graphics.

The new version (1.12) of Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD will be released just in time for the iOS 5 launch, which will be available on October 12th. Firemint had  previously announced  that Real Racing 2 HD would be the first iOS game to allow console-style wireless big screen gamingby using Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring technology.

I can’t wait to try this out! Who needs gaming consoles anymore? ;)

Siri On Apple’s iPhone 4S is Serious Business

Let’s face it, Apple started and hyped the entire ‘app metaphor’. They made it important to have a centralized distribution center for software  and  bundle it into an ecosystem — where multiple layers of hardware and software interact and have clearly defined relationships. With the not-so-recent push to “web technologies”, browsers are becoming the dashboard for data and dedicated ‘apps’ are taking the back-burner. We’ve been slowly moving away from using a specific source to get specific information. This is where voice control comes into play.

Voice control has been around for years. Everybody knows about Nuance, Windows Voice Command and the Mac OS text-to-speech widget, yet they have an extremely limited scenario for usage. People use voice control on their mobile devices for simple tasks like dictation, music control or calling people. Siri on is going to change this. Although it was available in the App Store previously, now that Siri is integrated into iOS5, things are going to be different.

I’ll say the majority of mobile usage can be separated into 2 streams; either you’re giving information, or you’re getting information. Sending emails, taking pictures or replying to text messages, falls under giving. Browsing the web, listening to music/podcasts or using navigation software, falls under getting.

The purpose of Siri is to abstract both of these activities into a single method of interaction. It’s  appstraction!  Current smartphones owners have learned to launch apps to complete tasks. It requires active thought in order to do so. I want the weather, so naturally I am going to open a weather app. I want to set an alarm for tomorrow, so I’ll open the alarm/clock app. There is an active thought, a solution to the thought and then physical interaction with the mobile device begins. It’s an extremely recently-learned response. Speech, however, isn’t. Most of us have been talking since we were at least 3.

Speech is an immediate and direct subset to thought. It’s the next easiest thing to do — ask a question, get an answer. Using speech to get and give information is inherent to humans. It’s intuitive. It’s fast and it’s (usually) straight forward. If there’s one thing that Apple has been able to do, it’s provide relatively intuitive interfaces and experiences, on a consistent basis. Consistency is key.

Most people are lambasting Siri because they don’t want to talk to their phones. Voice usage is down, data usage is up. We know you don’t want to talk to people, let alone your phone. Stop trying to imagine yourself in a crowded subway station or mall, yelling at your phone in order to dictate an e-mail. You can still type it out on the horrid virtual keyboard. Now imagine you’re in bed and you forget to set an alarm. Don’t lift the glaring screen to your face, tap an icon, fat-finger the input to 7 AM and then put it back down. Lean over, press the home button and say “Wake me up at 7 AM”. Roll over and go to sleep. You didn’t even open your eyes.

I know change is hard. You want to interact with your phone. You want to hold and look at your phone. You want to swipe and flick through the interface on your phone. Except when you don’t want to and you simply want to get something done. Siri simply enhances your ability to reduce the amount of interactions it takes to get something done. Most consumers use technology because it betters their life. Siri will drastically reduce complications you have with your iPhone, if you want it to.

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II–Which Is The Ultimate Smartphone?

Yesterday, Apple announced the highly anticipated successor to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. However, many Apple loyalists were disappointed with the iPhone 4S since the phone did not have any innovative feature. The most disappointing part about the iPhone 4S is that it looks exactly like its predecessor, and is in fact heavier by 4 grams.

Now, that the iPhone 4S has been announced, it is more than obvious that the handset will be stacked against the current top-end Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Below is a small comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4S.

samsung-galaxy-s-2-vs-apple-iphone-4s

Design

Dimension wise, the Samsung Galaxy S II is larger, slimmer and bigger than the iPhone 4S. Compared to the Galaxy S II dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, the iPhone 4S has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. Last year, when Apple announced the iPhone 4, it vowed everyone with how slim the handset was. However, it was disappointing to see its successor having the same dimensions as the previous generation iPhone. The Galaxy S II weighs in at 113gms, while the iPhone 4 weighs 138gms.

While the iPhone 4S is primarily made of glass and metal, the Galaxy S II is made of plastic. Both the handsets are pretty stylish as well. However, out of the two, I would prefer the Samsung Galaxy S II, since at least it can be easily distinguished from the original Galaxy S, unlike the iPhone 4S.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with WVGA(800×480) resolution, while the iPhone 4S has a comparatively tiny 3.5-inch IPS LCD Retina Display’ with an eye-popping resolution of 640×960. Like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S trumps the Galaxy S 2 in terms of resolution and pixels. However, I would prefer the Samsung Galax S II just because it has a much bigger display with eye-popping colors and contrast ratios.

Also, it is just a matter of weeks (perhaps, days?) before the next-generation Android handsets trump the iPhone 4S with their 720p HD (1280×720) resolution. The Nexus Prime is reportedly rumored to have a 720p HD resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE already has a 4.65-inch SuperAMOLED display with 720p resolution.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S II sports an Exynos 4210 SoC, which contains a 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor along with an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. Like the iPad 2, the iPhone 4S is powered by an A5 SoC. The A5 SoC consists of a Cortex-A9 dual core, running at unknown frequency and a powerful PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.

While the CPU on the Galaxy S II trumps the iPhone 4S in terms of raw processing power, the tables turn when it comes to GPU. The PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU is way ahead of the ARM Mali-400MP GPU in terms of performance.

OS

While the Samsung Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The iPhone 4S runs on iOS5, which includes a completely revamped notification center, iMessage, new camera app, and many other changes.

Compared to iOS5, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS on the Samsung Galaxy S II looks pretty stale. Hopefully, things will change when Google announces the next major version of Android this month Ice Cream Sandwich.

Camera

Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S have an 8MP camera with an LED flash. While the Samsung Galaxy S II camera has an aperture size of 2.65, the iPhone 4S camera has an aperture size of 2.4. The iPhone 4S has a custom ISP designed by Apple, thanks to which it has features like Face recognition, Hybrid IR filter and auto-white balance. From the camera samples released by Apple, it looks like the iPhone 4S is capable of taking better photos compared to the Samsung Galaxy S II. There is not much difference between the picture quality though. However, in low-light conditions, the iPhone 4S totally trumps the Samsung Galaxy S II pictures.

Both the handsets are also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution at 30FPS. The most interesting feature of the iPhone 4S is that it sports real-time video image stabilization, along with real-time temporal noise reduction. Thanks to these features, the iPhone 4S records much better videos than the Galaxy S II. This does not mean that the Samsung Galaxy S II camera is bad. It still has one of the best cameras among the Android handsets.

The Verdict

This is perhaps for the first time, that a product announcement from Apple has led to a disappointment. The iPhone 4S while has evolutionary hardware, still sports a very small screen compared to the competition from its Droid counterparts. Also, it looks exactly like its predecessor, which is not a good thing. Had the iPhone 4S been released at WWDC 2011, it would not have been such a disappointment. But, 14 months after the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S is nothing but a disappointment.

So, who is the ultimate winner? While this is a fairly sensitive and personal issue, I would like to leave this decision on our readers. Drop on your comments, and let us know who the ultimate winner is.

Apple Posts Video of iPhone 4S Keynote

The full event can now be watched at Apple’s website, which was led by Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook.  During today’s keynote, Apple announced a brand new version of its iPhone “iPhone 4S”.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, and an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video.

iPhone 4S worldphone

The iPhone 4S also offers a mind-blowing feature called “Siri”.  Siri is a voice recognition and control feature that allows users to use their voice to access information or accomplish tasks. For example, users can compose a text message, find a local restaurant, or make a call, by using Siri. In addition, the iPhone 4S is a world phone, allowing one model to be compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks. The iPhone is now also offered in 64GB and supports Sprint.

Apple also  reduced the price  of its 8GB iPod touch to $199, and added a new white model in addition to the existing black one. Apple’s iPod nano lineup also received a price drop to $129 for the 8GB model and $149 for 16GB.

The iPhone 4S will be available for preorder starting on Oct. 7, and will go on sale next Friday, Oct. 14 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

After watching the entire keynote, I have come to the conclusion that Tim Cook did a fantastic job for his first keynote. It only gets better from here.