iPhone 4S was released Tuesday evening by the new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Initially there were rumors on the launch of a new iPhone model, namely iPhone 5. During the press conference after announcing iPhone 4S, Apple shares fell 2.1%, and by the end of the conference fell to 3%. The former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has not appeared, although the press speculation that he will attend at the launch.
The new iPhone 4S has a design similar to iPhone 4, with A5 processor, dual core. Battery holds eight hours of conversation with 3G and nine hours with WiFi. The download speed goes up to 14.4 Mbps.
The phone is equipped with an 8 MP camera sensor and allow for photographs three times faster than iPhone 4, captures 73% more light for greater clarity.
A new option is Assistant Siri (Siri named after the company, acquired last year by Apple, maker of software for voice functions), which allows a good control for iPhone with voice commands.
Phil Schiller, Apple vice president, demonstrated at the conference how it works as a personal assistant: Asked what Siri is the system responds that it is a lowly personal assistant.
Siri allows the user to use voice commands to carry out a series of actions on iPhone: to hear a song, send messages, make calls, schedule meetings, to find the shipping route, send e-mail, to know the weather or stock market as shares fell.
The new system, which managed to impress the specialized journalists from the conference room, will be launched in beta, is available initially only in English, French and German, as more options will be added later.
The new Apple device at $ 199
Apple also announced prices for the next phone: it will cost $199 for the 16 GB version, $299 for 32 GB version and $399 for the 64 GB. iPhone 4 will cost 99 dollars (75 euros), if purchased with a subscription contract. iPhone 4S will be available in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan from 14 October.
Tim Cook spoke about the achievements of Apple and presented its future plans, saying that recently opened two more stores in China and that will open another 357 in 11 countries.