While we’re still waiting for the official word on iTunes Match release date, I thought this is a nice info on how much that iPhone 4S you’re holding really costs? Since the 4S is very similar to the 4, AllThingsD‘s analysis finds that the 16GB rings up to $188 again.
“In the case of the iPhone 4S, [IHS iSuppli analyst Andrew] Rassweiler estimates that the BOM cost ranges from $188 for the 16 gigabyte version of the iPhone 4S to $207 for the 32GB version and $245 for the 64GB version.”
“Apple and its carrier partners sell the phones for $199, $299 and $399 respectively, typically with a two-year contract for wireless service that carriers use to subsidize the cost they pay Apple.
According to Macrumors, “Component costs for Apple’s entry-level iPhones have typically come in between $170 and $190, offering the company a hefty margin when the $199 purchase price and extensive carrier subsidies are accounted for.”
Of course we all know that Apple is making bank with these iOS devices. They’ve sold millions of these unites and will continue to do so when iPad 3 and iPhone 5 release sometime next year. Compare this with HP’s losses with the discounted TouchPad when they liquidated them. Ha!
I’m hearing a lot of complaints about the iPhone 4S (and for that matter iOS 5) in general related to battery life. It seems that some people are finding that they’re not getting as much out of their battery as they used to.
It’s seems that excessive battery consumption is a common complaint for the initial releases of iOS updates, and something that gets fixed by Apple (or at least improved on) with subsequent updates.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to help you squeeze more out of each charge. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do.
Note: I’ve tested every single one of these options and each one does seem to have a positive impact on battery life. I’m not suggestion you employ all of them, but turning off what you don’t use makes a lot of sense.
Drop the screen brightness
One of the easiest ways to improve battery life on the iPhone is to drop the screen brightness. When I updated my iPhone 4 from iOS 4 to iOS 5, Apple jacked the brightness up to an unnecessary ’supernova’ level. Unless I’m outdoors, I usually keep my screen pretty dim.
Auto-Lock the screen
Another tip that makes a big difference is to lock the screen after a short interval. This helps conserve battery life because it turns the screen off when your handset is not in use.
Set it to go off after a minute or two.
Settings General Auto-Lock
Selectively turn off/on radios
If you don’t need WiFi or Bluetooth or 3G, turn off the radios!
While you’re here, disable Ask to Join Networks unless you use this feature often (just turn it on when you need to find a new network).
Settings General Network
Settings General Bluetooth
Enter the Airplane mode
If you want to disable all the radios on your iPhone, the easiest way to do this is using Airplane Mode:
With Airplane Mode active, you can still selectively enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth if you want.
New design concepts for the iPhone 5 have surfaced less than two weeks after the release of the iPhone 4S.
Graphic Artist Antonio de Rosa released renderings of Apple‘s next generation smartphone based on rumored specifications.
Those rumored include a larger home button, aluminum unibody, 4.3-inch retina display and a dual-core Apple A6 processor.
The artist’s renderings are the first conceptual images proposed since the iPhone 4S’s release.
The iPhone 4S has garnered millions of fans since its Oct. 14 release, but many analysts and Apple customers are disappointed that the smartphone does not include any hardware updates.
The iPhone 4S retained the original chassis of the iPhone 4, but received major software updates, such as a faster processor, better battery, iOS 5 update, and its premier voice command feature, Siri.
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Many Apple fans were hoping for a curved, tear drop body for the iPhone 4S and a wider screen. Both features were rumored for the smartphone before the Oct. 4 unveiling.
The new concept images for the iPhone 5 suggest that Apple enthusiasts have a renewed expectation for a completely revamped iPhone.
Some commentators have also proposed that the next Apple smartphone should be called iPhone 6, because the iPhone 4S currently stands as the fifth-generation iPhone.
However, industry experts continue to use the name iPhone 5, because Apple has veered away from naming its iPhone according to generation.
The iPhone 5, or iPhone 6, is said to be the last project headlined by Apple’s late founder and CEO, Steve Jobs.
The world’s largest mobile phone operator by users, China Mobile, says that it has more than 10 million iPhone users on its network even though it doesn’t have a formal agreement with Apple to sell the handset.
The company’s chairman, Wang Jianzhou, told Reuters that the company was still discussing with Apple the prospect of providing a handset that supports China Mobile’s TD-LTE standard and it is likely that this will come with the iPhone 5.
Only China Unicom officially stocks the iPhone, but the fact that 10 million Chinese users have chosen to pay for what is an expensive phone without any subsidies and use it on China Mobile’s network can only offer hope for the network.
With 630 million users, even a single digit conversion to Apple’s smartphone would rake in significant revenue, as Apple handsets are usually pitched with a higher monthly contract.
It’s worth noting that no iPhones are compatible – out of the box – with China Mobile’s proprietary TD-LTE technology, which means that they are almost certainly being used to make calls and send texts, not to surf the web (Wi-Fi is disabled on most devices sold to the end-users in China).
Last updated at 11:06 AM on 25th October 2011
Buzzing: Tim Cook Apple CEO talks about the iPhone 4S during the launch earlier this month
When is the new iPhone 5 coming out? And should I wait for it? I was disappointed when the latest handset, the iPhone 4S, came out earlier this month and I don’t want to lock into a contract only to find a new iPhone comes out that I want.
Tara Evans from This is Money said: When Apple’s CEO Tim Cook launched the iPhone 4S earlier this month many tech fans were left disappointed with a new handset that looked identical to the last one.
Obviously it has the added advantage of a new operating system, a souped-up camera with 8 mega pixels and the addition of personal assistant Suri, but many customers want to know if it’s worth the wait.
Apple are notoriously secretive when it comes to the launch of new products, but we’ve asked a selection of ‘tech experts’ when they think the iPhone 5 might come out.
Gregory Roekens, chief technology officer at marketing agency Wunderman, said:
Some of our readers have asked us when we are likely to see the next version of the iPhone. A first guestimate tells me it won’t take as long as it took for iPhone 4S. I’d say it’s likely to take between 8 and 12 months before we see the next version, and here’s why:
The Annual Apple Developer’s Conference is usually a good bet. A key event in Apple’s diary, it has been the place where new products have been unveiled in the past (eg: iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4). Unlike previous years though, the 2011 conference didn’t see the launch of a new iPhone but instead was used to announce iOS 5 and iCloud. This was a logical move, as early developer’s involvement is as critical to successfully launching a new or updated ecosystem as it is to have new or updated apps ready for use at launch date.
The big question is whether the new iPhone will require an important iOS update? If it does, then it’s likely they will use the Developer conference to get developers on board first and launch the iPhone later (like this year). However, if the next iPhone is mostly a hardware upgrade (which is what most people will want to see) then it is possible that we could see the next iPhone as early as next June.
Dan Grabham, deputy editor of TechRadar.com, said: ‘This year’s iPhone 4S launch was slightly later in the year than we’re used to seeing from Apple. The 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4 were all announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference which takes place in early June and I’d expect iPhone 5 to hit this timeframe next year – probably with a late June launch. Unlike the 4S, it will most likely be an all-new design and I’d bet on it having a quad-core Apple A6 processor. Quad-core processors are due in 2012 for both tablets and phones, so we’ll probably see a quad-core processor in iPad 3 – most likely due in the Spring. It’ll then debut on the iPhone 5 in Summer 2012.’
Glyn Britton, strategy director at advertising agency Albion London, said: I believe the iPhone 5 will come out around 2 years after the iPhone 4 first became available – in other words, in June 2012. There are already leaks from previously accurate sources, of thinner cases with full-width screens, that indicate production plans are already well advanced. And there’s certainly lots of consumer demand for the next ‘magical’ device. But Apple are a fabulous business above all else, and they won’t release their next-generation handset until their stalwart fans are able to buy it. That’s why they’ll wait until the 24 month contracts taken out by iPhone 4 early adopters are just about to expire. This will also give them time to iron out teething problems with iCloud and Siri – software technologies that will likely be at the heart of the iPhone 5.
Tara Evans, from This is Money, said: The majority of ‘experts’ we spoke to suggested that the launch of the new iPhone handset could be June next year. This means if you want to get your hands on it when it launches you might not want to lock into a 18 month or 24 month contract. You will pay more for a 12 month phone contract, but then you will always pay a premium to have the latest gadget. However, while many predictions say that June next year will see the launch of the iPhone 5 there is not guaranteed.
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The search for an untethered jailbreak for Apple’s latest mobile Operating System, iOS 5, may be over. The UnlockGuide.org team claims to have released a jailbreak tool for an untethered jailbreak iOS 5 on iPhone 4. It has been named “FastSn0w v5.0.”
The new version of FastSn0w is said to be capable of performing an untethered jailbreak iPhone 4 iOS 5 on every Apple device, aside from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. It allows you to unlock your device and add tons of little apps and tweaks through Cydia.
To get the untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, visit the official website of www.UnlockGuide.org team and download the latest version of FastSn0w. In addition, the FastSn0w v5.0 is an untethered iPhone 4 iOs 5 jailbreak, which means that it allows you to jailbreak a iPhone 4 running on iOS 5 via Safari browser, just like JailbreakMe 3.0.
As far as features go, untethered jailbreaks are similar to tethered ones. However, there is a big difference – tethered jailbreaks require you to reconnect the device to a Windows or Mac computer each time it needs to be booted. It may be annoying if the battery dies, as the device has to be reconnected to recover the jailbreak application. An untethered jailbreak, on the other hand, allows the device to be powered without computer assistance.
What is Cydia?
Cydia is a third-party software application for iOS that enables a user to find and install software packages (including apps, interface customizations and system extensions) on a jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. After being installed, it will break a lot of iOS features like Apple’s official apps and third party apps.
Cydia provides a graphical user interface to jailbroken iOS users using APT (Advanced Packaging Tools) repositories to install software unavailable on the App Store. Some of the packages available in Cydia are standard applications. However, most are extensions and modifications for the iOS interface and for apps in the iOS ecosystem. Since these software packages run on jailbroken devices, they can offer functionality outside the span of normal applications.
After using the iPhone 4S for a week..
The iPhone 4S, basically, is the best iPhone yet courtesy of the new CPU and improved camera, plus of course the iOS 5 operating system upgrade pre-installed. See our 10-minute iPhone 4S review below:
The new iPhone 4S introduces the new high-end 64 GB model, but Apple still offers 16GB and the 32GB variants. Still, no SD card support. Let’s wait and see if Apple will give the iPhone 5 the much-needed SD card support.
Apparently, the iPhone 4S looks exactly like the iPhone 4, starting with the 3.5inch full color touchscreen or the so-called Retina display with pixel density of 321ppi. Volume buttons are still placed on the left side with the mute switch, the 3.5mm headset jack and the on and off switch at the top of the phone, the sim tray at the right side, and of course, the home button below the touchscreen. It is highly possible that Apple will introduce a new design with the iPhone 5 next year.
The iPhone 4S is powered by the A5 chip, the same CPU used by the iPad 2. Reports claim the CPU of the iPhone 4S is clocked at 800MHz. Thanks to the new dual-core processor the iPhone 4S offers faster web browsing, application execution, etc.
A5 CPU screams
Switching between two applications is possible with no lag whatsoever, apps open faster and games run smoother, like Plants vs Zombies, Angry Birds, or social networking applications like Google+ and others.
Web browsing is faster, thanks to the new Safari app offered by the iOS 5. Apple also included the readers feature that will remove the ads and other clutters so readers can read texts in the tinie winnie screen of the iPhone 4S without distraction.
In my opinion, the next iPhone, or the so-called iPhone 5, can still use the A5 chip.
The Apple iPhone 4S is pre-installed with iOS 5, so iCloud is also available out of the box. You can adjust the setting of the iCloud or order for additional storage directly on the phone. iCloud is “just fine,” but not a “to die for” feature.
Camera Fans 3 iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S arguably offers the best camera, in fact, it can replace your decent to average point and shoot. With the iOS 5, users can get access to the camera app on the lock screen by tapping the home button twice. The iOS 5 also features dedicated camera button support, devices supported by iOS 5, including the iPhone 4S can use either the volume up button or the on-screen button to initiate the camera shot and start or stop a video recording.
Apple says the camera on the iPhone 4S offers 60% more pixels compared to the 5-megapixel camera used by the iPhone 4.
Apple also claims the new 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video supports has “improved backside illumination sensor,” for brighter and more vivid shots, and videos are less shaky with the so-called image stabilization feature. See some of the photo samples below:
Siri is a fun add-on (or a gimmick)
The only exclusive feature offered by the Apple iPhone 4S is the voice command application Siri, The application uses natural language processing to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform tasks by connecting to Apple servers so, faster internet speed means faster Siri response.
Apple claims Siri adapts to the user’s individual preferences over time and personalizes results. Siri answers conventional and some weird questions.
I’m excited to see what’s next for Siri. Here are my suggestions:
1. Next Siri update must allow opening applications, especially the SMS application.
2. Support for no accent English.
3. More funny responses to kill boredom.
Perfect Applications for the iPhone 4S
1. Any games: The dual-core A5 chip is so powerful, it can handle all games available on the App Store now with no “lag whatsoever.”
2. Instagram: iPhone 4S and Instragram are a couple, thanks to the 8-megapixel camera.
3. DropBox: Forget the iCloud, DropBox is still better, surprisingly.
4. Google+: Google’s popular social networking site is a good photo and video storage alternative with the twist of social networking. The messenger application inside Google+ is also better than iMessage.
5. YouTube: At last, YouTube on the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S of course, is faster and better especially if a fast WiFi hotspot is available.
Buy or no buy?
A very hard decision especially if you’re an iPhone 4 owner because both devices perform and look the same. If you want a better camera that can shoot stunning photos and videos, the iPhone 4S is a perfect phone. Gaming on the iPhone 4S is also “slightly better” compared to the iPhone 4, especially if you love switching between applications and games. Web browsing on the iPhone 4S is also slightly faster.
If you’re an Android user who is planning a big switch, I think buying an iPhone 4 is a better decision because the iPhone 4 is cheaper now, especially the 8GB model. If you’re coming from an Android smartphone with larger screen, like me, from the Samsung Galaxy S II, the “tiny” screen of the iPhone 4S is very noticeable.
If you own an iPhone 3G or 3GS and your two-year wireless carrier contract is over (and you love Apple), then the iPhone 4S is the perfect device for you.
This report was originally posted on PopHerald.com as iPhone 4S (not the iPhone 5) review, under Gadgets and Mobile Category.