Enterprise Mobility: Apple`s iPhone 4S Breaks New Ground

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-11-02 Print this article Print
Looks Aren't the Story

Looks Aren't the Story

New imaging features and location services make the iPhone 4S stand out even if the hardware looks awfully familiar.
Although Apple's iPhone 4S is identical in dimension to last year's iPhone 4, and some observers had staked their reputations on the fifth-generation phone being branded as "iPhone 5, the 4S is overall a vast improvement on its predecessor, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of the Siri voice control technology as a defining feature that sets off the new iPhone from everything else in the market. That's not to say that the new iPhone is all that it's cracked up to be; questions remain about its battery life, and about its ability to be easily moved from one carrier to another. But compared to what came before it, the iPhone 4S is truly a breath of fresh air. On the outside, the iPhone 4S looks much as the iPhone 4 did. It's identical in physical form and slightly heavier, by a tenth of an ounce. The major difference is that this time around, Apple's engineers redesigned the antenna of the 4S in hopes of avoiding another "Antennagate—and by all practical measures, the new design works well.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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