Those of us who ponied up for a new iPhone 4S in the last week -- which according to Apple, is more than four million! -- finally got to spend our first weekend with it and now get back to our normal routine as the start of the work week is here again. But so far, the week is looking up and there’s plenty to report for this fine Monday, October 17, 2011.
If you still think the iPhone 4S is underwhelming, you may actually be alone in that opinion. Apple has just announced that the new handset racked up more than four million handsets sold in the first weekend -- and they’re just getting started.
It's here! It's launch day and the gang over at Cupertino has been busy little beavers this week, dropping software update goodness into our laps and relieving the servers when they get hammered, as they always do. You know things were heating up at Apple HQ and that's why we've got this week's hottest Apple news.
Happy iPhone 4S Day! It’s been a crazy week for Apple fans with iOS 5, iCloud and a ton of related updates mid-week and now the new hardware finally arriving in stores today. Unfortunately it seems like many of us are stuck with a device that can’t be activated (on AT&T at least, see below) -- so here’s some reading material to keep you occupied for this Friday, October 14, 2011.
Oh, the glorious launches! How I always look forward to this day. Not only do I get to work from home, but I get to walk around downtown San Francisco, talk to the Apple-heads in line and partake in the glory of another one of Apple's mobile product launches. It's actually really fun, and if you play your cards right you can end up with free breakfast.
I do want to mention, however, that this year's iPhone line seemed really underwhelming compared to the iPad 2 launch earlier this year, or even last year's iPhone 4 debut. But regardless of the number of bodies in line, the numbers of pre-orders prove that more people just decided to go to work today and have the UPS guy drop off their new iPhone, rather than wait in line. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the 4S is just a bump up from its predecessor, or perhaps it's evidence of an economic climate that prevents us from taking time off from work to get our iPhones from the Apple Store. But I'm not going to sit here and get political. Let's go look at the photos!
Faster hardware, improved battery life, a better camera—all good things, but all expected too. The real surprise in the iPhone 4S is Siri, the voice-activated technology that promises to revolutionize the way we communicate with mobile devices. If Siri rings a bell, you may have used the free Siri Assistant app (now gone from the App Store), which helped users find restaurants, movies, taxis, and more, nearly two years before Apple’s system-wide integration of the technology.
We've only got one day to go until the iPhone 4S is officially in stores or on our door steps, but iFixit has already done an official tear down of the new phone. You already know that inside it's got an 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor, plus a dual-band radio chip and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. But what does that all look like, anyway?
The big news of the today is undoubtedly iOS 5 and iCloud, but Apple and its third-party developers have been pushing out updates and little pre-Halloween tricks and treats all day long as well. But that’s not the only thing going on for this mid-October hump day -- here’s the rest of the news for Wednesday, October 12, 2011.
Can you feel the excitement in the air? iOS 5 and iCloud will arrive on Wednesday, and the telltale signs include a new iTunes 10.5 pushed out today. But that’s not all that’s making news this week -- here’s a look at the latest stuff we’ve been tracking for this fine Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
It was both a blessing and a curse to be an Apple fan last week, with the iPhone 4S announcement immediately overshadowed the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. But now, the second full week of October is in full swing, with more than a million preordered iPhone 4S units headed to customers this Friday. Here’s what else is making news for Monday, October 10, 2011.