Riding on high expectation, the world waited to be wowed for the next generation iPhone but people were underwhelmed by what they saw at the iPhone event today.
After 16 months, longer than expected refresh cycle, Cupertino company new CEO Tim Cook and his management team reintroduced a new model called iPhone 4S with incremental enhancement hardware, it has faster processor, better 8MP camera capable of 1080p video capturing, equipped with multi standard cellular GSM/CDMA radio, user content can be sync over the cloud without the need to tether to a computer and a voice-activated service call assistance, a virtual concierge that can search for a restaurant, schedule an appointment, wake you up, etc.. all can be done with your voice. .
The new phone will come in black or white. It will cost $199 for a 16 GB-version, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB with two-year service contract requirement. Pre-orders will begin Friday with availability on Oct. 14.
The previous version, iPhone 4, will now cost $99 for 8 GB. The 2009 model, the iPhone 3GS, will be given away for free with 8 GB. Both also require a two-year service contract.
As expected Apple’s new mobile OS, iOS 5, will also be available for download on Oct. 12 for existing iDevices including iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad1, iPad2 and later versions of the iPod Touch.
The new iOS will introduce iMessenger, a free service to send free text, photo or video messages across Apple devices. Apple will also release a new app called “Find Your Friends” that allows people to share their location with one another. The app includes parental controls and the ability to share your location temporarily.
Oct. 12 will mark the launch of iCloud, Apple new sync solution over the Web or Cloud. The new service will store in the cloud and sync user contents across iDevices. iTunes Match is another $25-per-year option, which allows people to play their own music on any device with iTunes software without the need of uploading.
The question now is when will we see the iPhone 5?