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iPhone 4S  (Source: DailyTech)
A lack of hardware updates leaves customers and investors disappointed in the new iPhone 4S

Through a good portion of 2011, many awaited the big iPhone 5 announcement with the traditional amped-up presentation to show off all the new features an Apple fan could hope for. Instead, what they got was the iPhone 4S and a presentation that lacked the charisma of former CEO Steve Jobs.

The iPhone 4S, which was announced yesterday, does give customers a few changes to look forward to. It's trading in the single-core A4 processor for a dual-core A5 processor. Also, it has 8-megapixel camera with backside illumination (the iPhone 4 had a 5MP camera), the new mobile operating system iOS 5, and it can operate on CDMA and GSM networks.

A main addition to the 4S is the voice assistant called Siri. Siri has been a third-party app that could be downloaded for iOS devices, but now, a more fluid and user-friendly version of the app is integrated into the iPhone 4S. The app was removed from Apple's App Store after presenting the 4S yesterday, and the servers were taken offline. The Siri servers, however, are back online with the following message: "I've been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S. I'll be leaving for home Oct. 15th. Until can I help you?"

While a newer, better version of Siri voice command is a nice addition to the 4S; it may not be enough to encourage current iPhone 4 users to switch to the latest addition to the iPhone family. Many were disappointed by the lack of external changes, saying they had hoped for a thinner phone with a larger screen. The iPhone's appearance has not changed in over a year, unless you count the release of the white iPhone 4.

"It's been 16 months and all you've got is an A5 processor in the existing iPhone 4," said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners. "It's a mild disappointment, but they're still going to be selling millions of units."

The iPhone 4S may sell during the upcoming holiday season due to the expiration of two-year 3GS contracts, but Android-powered smartphones are at the top of their game and Apple really could have used a home run with a new device to intensify competition. Android-powered smartphones had voice command features integrated into their systems already, and the hardware/software is continuously changing. Apple's decision to not update hardware in the 4S may lead to more Android-related purchases, putting the iPhone maker behind by the time it releases the iPhone 5.

According to a Nielsen study, Android-powered smartphones are No. 1 in the U.S. with a 43 percent market share leaving the iPhone at No. 2 with a 28 percent market share.

Consumers and investors are disappointed in the 4S release, but Apple has some other tricks up its sleeve. Along with the 4S announcement came the news of a $99 iPhone 4 and a free iPhone 3GS for those who sign long-term contracts with their wireless carriers. This will appeal to low-end markets and give Apple an edge in a whole new area.

"Apple is hitting Nokia where it's vulnerable," said Michael Yoshikami, CEO of YCMNet Advisors. "How many billions of people in emerging markets would love to have an iPhone? These are a growing demographic."

The iPhone 4S will be available starting at $199 on October 14.

Sources: Tech Crunch, Reuters, Reuters

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RE: What ticks me off
By Wolfpup on 10/5/2011 12:22:51 PM , Rating: -1
I don't see why it matters. The big three networks at least barely have their last gen tech running-I mean coverage is pretty spotty with all three. Speeds on the current tech are beyond fine...the problem is coverage, bandwidth caps, and plan prices. All three are bad, and THOSE are what need to be fixed, not another random network.

Frankly I applaud Apple for not going with a gimmick like LTE.

RE: What ticks me off
By retrospooty on 10/5/2011 1:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't see why it matters"

It doesnt if you dont want 4G speeds. It does if you do... Its just odd that Apple, who tout's itself as an industry leader and innovator cannot figure out a 4G solution like all other major manufacturers have. Moto, LG, Samsung and HTC all managed to figure it out many months ago.

RE: What ticks me off
By robinthakur on 10/6/2011 5:51:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well, you say that, but they all have shocking battery life compared to what you get with an IP4/4S. Apple customers wouldn't put up with it and it wouldn't exactly be a great improvement to suddenly have LESS standby time. Also, 4G networks outside of America are not exactly plentiful, so I don't see it as being as big a deal as it was when the iPhone 1 didn't even have 3G. Nobody I know complains that data on the iPhone4 is slow (in the UK).

RE: What ticks me off
By dark matter on 10/6/2011 8:10:47 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't that a consumers choice to make?

And given that most adopters of the iPhone were techies in the first place, don't you find it strange they didn't give them an option to go 4G.

All in all your excuses are rather lame.

RE: What ticks me off
By smegz on 10/6/2011 1:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, but it wouldn't be a consumers choice would it? With the other phone manufacturers you will get 3G and 4G phones from the same mfg on basically the same hardware (one with a 4G radio and one without.) With Apple, it's what's new or nothing. So, were they to release a 4G iPhone with less battery life but crazy fast speeds you would either have to get the phone that will die fast or the old phone with the old hardware. Not really a choice when you're looking to upgrade.

Since Apple is all about the overall experience I don't see a 4G iPhone until they can get both speed and battery life together without sacrificing design ( putting a 4G chip in on current tech would make for a fatter phone.) This would lead to market fragmentation in the Apple market which there really has never been. So, no 4G is actually a good thing...for now.

RE: What ticks me off
By spread on 10/6/2011 5:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
> Isn't that a consumers choice to make?

Most consumers don't even know what the difference between 2G and 3G is. They just want more monster pixels and jiggy bits in their phone dammnit!

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