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Apple to release iPhone 4S later this month along with iOS 5, iCloud and more  
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Apple today has unveiled the iPhone 4S, and will ship it on October 14 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany and Japan, with pre-ordering to begin October 7. Other countries will follow starting on October 28. The company has also set October 12 for the release of iOS 5, the next major iteration of the operating system for the company's range of mobile devices, as well as iCloud, their new online storage and syncing service, plus updated and iCloud-savvy versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers for Mac.

Refreshed: The iPhone 4S. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Apple)

The iPhone 4S, which looks nearly identical to the iPhone 4, incorporates a faster processor and graphics circuitry (derived from the iPad 2), claimed faster 3G wireless throughput, longer battery life, support for AirPlay mirroring to an Apple TV, an improved and higher resolution 7.99 million image pixel camera and 1080p/30fps video recording (with automatic stabilization processing). Apple has posted a gallery of full-resolution photos captured with the iPhone 4S that show impressive image quality.

Also, the iPhone 4S will support both GSM and CDMA in the same unit, and it incorporates Siri voice command, assistance and dictation technology. It will come in both black and white. (Macworld has a good overview of the changes in the iPhone 4S.)

Carrier-subsidized pricing in the U.S. will be as follows:
  • iPhone 4S 16GB: US$199
  • iPhone 4S 32GB: US$299
  • iPhone 4S 64GB: US$399 (this capacity is new to the iPhone lineup)
The iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 will continue to be available too:
  • iPhone 3GS 8GB: Free
  • iPhone 4 8GB: US$99
The company also unveiled a refreshed iPod nano with additional fitness-related functionality, and a lower price for the iPod touch (it's now US$199 in the U.S. for the 8GB model, down from US$229). It's also now available in white (as well as black, as before). In addition, Apple has announced a new iOS app called Find My Friends that allows a user's location to be selectively shared with others.
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