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Uploaded Mystery Video Shows Working iPhone 4S!

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Want to see the latest iPhone 4S in action? Rumor has it a video was uploaded demonstrating some of the latest features including one of iHospital’s favorites – Siri.  Have you watched it?

A video detailing the working of an actual iPhone 4S was uploaded by Macrumours, who sourced it from AppW.com. The unofficial video shows a user, not an Apple employee, demonstrating the yet unreleased iPhone 4S. How someone got hold of the smartphone before its official release is a mystery but the demo has raised expectations from Apple like never before.

The popular video showcases Siri, Apple’s impressive voice recognition software, among other things. From the looks of it, Siri is the nextbestthing in the mobile world, promising to quickly become a user’s best friend.

According to the video, Siri can be activated in 2 simple ways, either by pressing the home key or by holding the phone to the ear and speaking into it. The voice input works through Raise to Speak and language settings make it easy to customise Siri for each user. Users can choose between American English, British English, Australian English, French and German from the phone & language settings. Voice Feedback ensures that the software works just the way one desires it to.

The iPhone 4S, powered by the iOS 5, scored an impressive 44856 on BrowserMark, the video showed. This makes Apple’s latest smartphone twice as fast as its predecessor. It’s not surprising then, that Apple sold 1 millionunits of the iPhone 4S within the first 24 hours of its launch.

After the initial disappointment over the no-show of the iPhone 5 died down, Apple loyalists and the rest of the world started giving the iPhone 4S a second look. If this online video is anything to go by, the smartphone is definitely going to carve a niche for itself and raise the bar for competing devices. The iPhone 4S is indeed ready to take on the world.

We want your opinion! Have you searched online for the rumored video yet? If so, what do you think of it?

Source: MSNNewsiPhone 4SdemoExciteswithSiriandanImpressiveBrowserBenchmark

iPhone 4S Pre-Order Sales Silence Critics with Record Breaking Sales

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The highly anticipated iPhone 4S will become available in Apple stores near you in mere days.  Are you going to be waiting in line? The folks at iHospital are looking forward to checking out all the latest features, especially Siri – a virtual assistant that responds to natural voice commands.

If initial sales figures for the iPhone 4S are any indication, Apple could issue a resounding “I told you so” to critics who initially panned the phone’s new features and unchanged physical appearance as disappointing. Perhaps even more telling: Solid sales of older iPhone models continue to prove Apple’s dominance in the smartphone space.

The iPhone 4S sold over one million pre-order units in its first 24 hours of availability, trouncing previous record pre-order sales of 600,000 units for Apple’s iPhone 4. Early iPhone 4S purchasers are likely a mix of 3G and 3GS owners who qualify for an upgrade, those who just want Apple’s latest and greatest, and those unable to previously get access to the iPhone on their network, says Forrester analyst Charles Golvin.

“It reinforces [Apple's] belief in their strategy, building the products that they think make the most sense,” Golvin says.

The sales figures challenge a number of recent negative headlines that read like Apple had failed before the smartphone even launched. Business Insider wrote, “Is Apple’s decision to release just an iPhone 4S, not an iPhone 5, a huge disappointment, or just a regular sized disappointment? Depends on who you are, but either way it’s a disappointment.” The Daily Beast titled an article “Apple’s iPhone Letdown” and wrote, “In short: there is no new iPhone.” And even Apple darling The Wall Street Journal reported widespread disappointment and titled its story “Apple Underwhelms with iPhone 4S.”

And the lukewarm 4S sentiment wasn’t just expressed in headlines. @redmusk tweeted me, “Very disappointed for not seeing major change in #iphone.”  Gadget Lab commenter Adam Johns said, “It looks the EXACT same as a 4…this is not an upgrade, this is lame.”
The iPhone 4S shares its form factor with the iPhone 4, but features some dramatically revamped innards. These include an 8-megapixel camera with a faster shutter speed and backside-illuminated sensor, a voice-activated digital assistant called Siri that could revolutionize the way we interact with mobile devices, and a hot new A5 processor that provides up to 7x faster graphics processing. A video leak shows that the Safari browser is about twice as fast on the iPhone 4S than on the iPhone 4.

“There are so many new features in the 4S, it might as well have been called the iPhone 5,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg says. And although the 4S designation makes the new phone sound like it’s a minor upgrade from the iPhone 4, it’s not, Gartenberg says: ”I wouldn’t call it an incremental upgrade, I’d say it was an evolutionary update with revolutionary features.”
One of the most revolutionary new features is Siri, a natural language voice-control tool. You can ask Siri questions, and “she” will pull data from websites, your calendar, or Wolfram Alpha, a dynamic search engine that uses linguistic analysis or advanced computations to provide information. For example, if you say, “Define mitosis,” she’ll provide the definition from Wolfram Alpha. If you say, “Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” Siri responds with “I’ve found 14 Greek restaurants, five of them are in Palo Alto. I’ve sorted them by rating.” You can also use Siri to find out information about your daily schedule, dictate emails and text messages. Siri will translate your dictation to text, and then dispatch your communiques. All in plain English. Or German and French.

“Apple’s new Siri Assistant is a powerful harbinger of the future use of mobile devices,” Golvin said in a statement.

Norman Winarsky, co-founder and board member of Siri prior to its purchase by Apple in 2010, thinks that Siri is a paradigm-shifting innovation. “This is a first. This is real technology, with real artificial intelligence. It’s a do engine, not a search engine,” he says.

This is just the beginning of the era of virtual personal assistants, Winarsky says. Imagine calling an airline to make a reservation. Instead of suffering through a series of menus — misdialing or having a bot misinterpret your commands — you could call the airline, voice your exact request, and be quickly transferred to the right representative. Or you might even bypass the representative altogether. For example, saying something like, “I would like to make a reservation for the cheapest flight before noon on Oct. 14″ would automatically present you with relevant options.

With regard to the iPhone 4S’s improved camera hardware, photo expert and pro-retoucher Joe Gerarditold Gizmodo, “This is not just a bigger megapixel camera upgrade. The lens improvements combined with back-side illuminated chip with a dedicated image processing chip, all powered by the A5 processor really make this an impressive camera.”
And Ryan Block of Gdgt expressed the significance of the iPhone 4S’s world phone functionality very nicely: “The GSM/CDMA worldphone functionality of the 4S is genuinely impressive … Antenna design is one of the most difficult engineering challenges in the handset industry, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dual-mode worldphone engineered with as much (apparent) finesse as the 4S.”

With the introduction of the iPhone 4S, Apple now has a full product portfolio, from the shiny new iPhone 4S to the budget-friendly free 3GS. And despite their “old age” (well, in smartphone years), the iPhone 4 and 3GS continue to dominate carrier sales charts. For June through August of this year, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS were the number one and number two selling smartphones, respectively, on AT&T, while the iPhone 4 was the top seller on Verizon (which does not carry the 3GS).

Given their reduced prices, the iPhone 4 and 3GS will likely continue to deliver solid sales numbers, despite the fact that they’ve been eclipsed by the 4S.

“I believe that Apple’s iPhone sales will continue to grow significantly, and not just due to the 4S, but because now there’s an iPhone for anyone, no matter what they can afford to spend,” said Golvin via email. Sixty percent of cellphone owners still use feature phones, so providing a cost-effective, entry-level option for consumers puts Apple in a strong position to gain wider adoption.

Indeed, Apple has its ducks in a row, and seems poised to realize killer market-share figures over the next few months as consumers gobble up its handsets. The ball is in the Apple critics’ court.

We want to know from you! Are you purchasing the new iPhone 4S or will you wait for the iPhone 5?

Source: Wired

Meet: The iPhone 4S

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The iPhone 4SIn his first event as CEO, Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 4S available October 14th, 2011 (available for pre-order on October 7th, 2011).  Like prior versions, the iPhone 4S will cost $199 for the 16 gigabyte model and $299 for the 32 gigabytes.

Externally, the iPhone 4S’s appearance is business as usual – the changes come internally.  The upgrades include the new Apple A5 chip, 1 GB of RAM, dual-core processors, dual-core graphics and it’s reported to be “up to seven times faster”.  A new antenna system promises to improve sound quality and download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps.

Social media addicts will enjoy the new 8-megapixel camera capable of taking 3264×2448 images.  Your pictures will benefit by taking in 73% more light than the previous iPhone 4 and is 33% faster.  A 1080p HD video camera is also included.

Steve Jobs is Dead

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 56. Jobs, who reigned as Apple CEO for 14 years, resigned his post in August 2011 and was replaced by Tim Cook, who previously was the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Jobs, in turn, was elected as chairman of Apple’s board of directors.

Both as the founder of the first successful personal-computer company and as the man who transformed a nearly-bankrupt Apple into one of the most successful companies on the planet, Jobs established himself as an American icon of business and technology.

Apple: The Early Years

If Steve Jobs had never returned to Apple after 1985, he’d still be remembered for the Macintosh.

The White iTouch Is Here

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The highly anticipated new iPod touch is coming to a store near you.  The 2011 version is very similar to the previous 2010 release except this time it’s white.  The hardware is reportedly receiving an oleophobic coating (to repel liquid such as the oil on your fingertips keeping the screen smudge free) on the display and a updated ambient light sensor. Additionally, it will receive a different lamination process than is used for the iPhone which will make it a little more original.

The new iPod touches should hit stores during the first week of October and likely to go on sale in the middle of the month.  Leaked components from overseas suppliers have shown a white front panel as well as headphone jack which confirms the new white color scheme.

Interestingly, the iPod represents five percent of Apple’s revenue and the bulk of that comes from the iPod touch.  More than half of the 7.54 million iPods sold last year were iPod touches – I think they’re on to something!

How do you think the new white version is going to sell? Do you think it will make a difference? What else would you want from your iPod touch?

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