New iPhone. Big deal.
In case you weren’t aware by now, Apple launched a new iPhone yesterday, the 4S, and as a handset, it gets a massive Bitterwallet ‘Meh!’ from us. The ‘new’ phone has a faster processor and a better camera and they’ve sorted out the antenna issues that blighted the launch of the iPhone 4 but apart from that, no one’s particularly impressed.
The actual evolution comes with the software, the iOS5 operating system, which will be released on October 12th, two days before the stupid, boring new phone. The main development is the addition of Siri, a voice-controlled ‘intelligent assistant’ that will allow you to get your phone to do stuff by talking to it. While making you look like a bit of a dick unless you’re completely on your own.
Following months of iPhone 5 rumours, the launch of the 4S will come as a massive disappointment to many. Someone who took out a 24-month contract when the 3GS was launched in June 2009 will be eligible for an upgrade to the 4S but will probably be behind the curve again by the time their new contract runs out, assuming that an iPhone 5 emerges this time next year.
With new Android handsets being released every month from various manufacturers, Apple are in serious danger of looking tired and jaded by the time the next model of the iPhone actually appears. Unless they can make it fire beer lasers. Wankers.