The iPhone 4S is the best disappointment Apple has ever released. The build-up to the company’s next iPhone was so over the top, so astronomically hyped, that for some, anything short of the iPhone 6 would have been a letdown. When the 4S was announced, “in-the-know” tech heads chastised it for retaining the same body they hailed as the best of all time a little over a year ago. But no matter how vocal the vocal minority might have been, the iPhone 4S has flown off shelves at a rate that just might make it the fastest-selling gadget of all time.
We all know what Siri can do. Whether she’s found a place in our daily routine is another issue altogether, but it’s pretty clear that Apple’s humble personal assistant is unlike any other voice recognition app.
But Siri’s real expertise lies not in her encyclopedic knowledge or weather forecasting; what makes the technology so amazing and useful is its ability to actually understand what we’re saying--so much so that the iPhone’s speech recognition is just as useful useful when Siri isn’t summoned. (Though it might not be as much fun to show your friends.)
It’s the last full week of October, which also signals the arrival of the long-awaited official Steve Jobs biography and even some silent MacBook Pro updates. But that’s not the only things that are making news today, with Netflix releasing third-quarter results and rumors sparking up about an Apple television once again. Here’s what’s making news for Monday, October 24, 2011.
With the iPhone 4S selling faster than hotcakes at a Miami bakery, it's obviously appealing to people on a massive scale. We decided it was high-time to get our hands on the thing and put it through its paces. But which new feature was our absolute favorite? Watch the video to find out (SPOILER: It was Siri).
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.
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’s that time of the week when our thoughts stray from the work at hand to what we might do this Columbus Day weekend, but the tech industry is pushing through hump day with a variety of news items you’re sure to enjoy. Work off that post-keynote hangover by reading the latest news for Wednesday, October 5 starting… now!
As awesome as the new iPhone 4S looks, there’s just one more thing that senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller left out of his keynote -- and it’s at the heart of the company’s “Let’s talk iPhone” invitation.