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iPhone 4S Coming October 14, Pre-Order October 7

Jacob Chung |
October 4, 2011 | 3:07 p.m. PDT

Senior Tech Editor

The long-awaited iPhone update has finally arrived with some impressive improvments in tow. It's no iPhone 5, but the 4S still packs a respectable amount of new tech into the slightly outdated, yet still stylish iPhone 4 body. 

Here are some updates:


As expected, the new iteration of the iPhone wil be sporting the dual-core A5 processor following in the footsteps of the iPad 2. The new chip means two times the processing power and seven times the graphics power of its predecessor according to Apple.


The feeble five megapixel camera of the iPhone 4 is no more. The 4S will have an upgraded eight megapixel sensor with face detection and will be able to record video in full HD (1080p) at up to 30 frames per second. The front facing camera will remain a VGA camera and offer 30 frames per second.


Users will have the ability to control the iPhone using a smart new voice recognition system built into the iOS called Siri. With the new feature, everything from reading aloud messages, note taking, checking calendar appointments, etc. can be done with a simple voice request. Siri will work as beta for English (U.S., U.K. and Australia) as well as French and German.

The iPhone 4S will be launching Oct. 14, in seven countries--U.S. included--with pre-orders taken starting Oct. 7. Come Oct. 28, Apple says the iPhone 4S will be shipping to 22 more countries with plans of a 77 country distribution by the end of the year.

The iPhone at launch will be available in both the black and white, prices ranging from $199, $299 and $399 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of internal storage space models respectively. For those looking for a cheaper option, the iPhone 4 will be available in an 8GB model for $99.

For a full listing of all new features visit the Apple site here.

Look for a wrap-up on Apple's event to follow.

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