Like the soup guy on Seinfeld always said, “No soup for you!” and that’s exactly how people felt today when Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 4S, not the iPhone 5.
As noted by The New York Times, which has a great timeline of the event, Apple unveiled an upgraded version of its current iPhone 4. Specific improvements include a better camera, processor and a voice recognition feature powered by Siri, a company bought by Apple back in 2010. The feature allows users to use voice commands to ask the phone to do a variety of tasks, like set a calendar reminder, read messages, take dictation and more.
The other big release that is accompanying the iPhone 4S is an upgraded operating system, dubbed iOS 5. Some updates include a notification center, so users can see all the latest texts and emails, as well as iMessage, which is a messaging system for anyone running iOS 5 on an iPhone, iPad or Pod Touch. For more, watch the demo video below.
I can’t say I’m terribly surprised Apple came out with an iPhone 4S instead of an iPhone 5. The company did the same maneuver with the iPhone 3G. Not to mention the fact that usually with a big new release, such as the iPhone 5, there are more “leaks.” Who can forget the infamous screw up where one (former) employee left the iPhone 4 prototype in a local San Francisco bar?
On a scale from 1 to 10, how disappointed are you that there wasn’t an iPhone 5 unveiled today?
Here’s a video demo of the new iPhone 4s: