Enterprise Mobility: Apple iPhone 4S Hits Store Shelves Nationwide

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-10-14 Print this article Print
iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S

Despite rumors of a radically redesigned iPhone 5, Apple chose to debut the iPhone 4S with the same design characteristics of its predecessor, the iPhone 4.
Apple introduced the latest smartphone in its popular iPhone franchise, the iPhone 4S, in a low-key presentation at its corporate headquarters Oct. 4. The following afternoon, on Oct. 5, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passed away after a long battle with cancer. A little more than a week after that pair of seismic events, Apple actually released the iPhone 4S to the public. When Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives first unveiled the iPhone 4S, any number of online pundits took to their blogs to express disappointment that Apple didn't offer a more radical upgrade, particularly in the aesthetics department. Indeed, the iPhone 4S looks exactly like the iPhone 4. However, Apple did include a variety of under-the-hood tweaks, including an upgrade to its proprietary A5 processor and an 8-megapixel camera. The smartphone also comes preloaded with iOS 5, a significant upgrade of the company's mobile operating system. The iPhone 4S offers Siri, a "digital assistant" of sorts that responds vocally to spoken questions, and will even act upon requests such as, "Send a text to my brother." Will those new features be enough for Apple to fend off the rising tide of Google Android devices? That's the question of the hour for Cupertino. But if iPhone 4S presales are any indication (including 1 million units sold during the first 24 hours of preorder availability), this latest device will perform well in the marketplace.??í
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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