While many expected an iPhone 5, the big news at Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event is instead an iPhone 4S, a modest upgrade to the company's iPhone 4.
The new model features a faster dual-core A5 processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, and the ability to handle more complex and sophisticated gaming, with a seven-fold increase in graphics speed. It also offers eight hours of talk time over 3G, six hours of browsing over 3G, nine hours of browsing over Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music.The device also has an 8-megapixel camera and a new system Apple's Phil Schiller says would be comparable to a point-and-shoot camera.
Tim Cook today makes his first major presentation as Apple's new CEO after Steve Jobs stepped down from that position in August.
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iPhone 4S pricing
Phil Schiller runs through the new pricing scheme for Apple's iPhone lineup. The 8GB iPhone 3GS will now be free.
The iPhone 4 gets a price reduction to $99 for 8GB.
The newly announced iPhone 4S comes in three sizes with corresponding prices: a 16GB model for $199, a 32GB model for $299, and a 64GB model for $399.
All standard pricing is for phones purchased with a two-year contract.
iPhone 4S chip
Schiller on iOS features
During a demonstration today, Siri returns results for a Greek restaurant in the neighborhood, sorting them by user ratings. Forstall also shows off Siri's ability to respond to text messages, set reminders, schedule meetings, define words, look up information on Wikipedia, and even answer basic questions such as "How many days are there until Christmas?" or "How is Nasdaq doing today?"
Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iPhone Software, introduces iOS 5--a free update that will become available October 12. It will include updates to the Mail app, Camera app, and the Safari browser.
Game Center, Apple's social-gaming network, will get photos, friend discovery, and game recommendations. The Reminders app is a tool that lets you nag yourself.
It also features better Twitter integration, which is a part of the OS. If you have a Twitter account you just add your account and it lets you tweet things like photos, Web links, YouTube videos, and locations from maps.
Schiller introduces AirPlay, which allows users to watch content on multiple devices. AirPlay mirroring is coming to the iPhone 4S, so your phone can mirror what your AppleTV is doing. It also works with the HDMI adapter the company sells.