Apple has unveiled a new version of the iPhone, with the same design as its existing handset but upgrading its hardware, software and services to stay ahead of smartphone rivals.
The iPhone 4S, available from October 14, has the same dual-core processor as the iPad 2, an improved camera, 4G data speeds and better battery life. There will be a “World” version of the phone that can be used on different networks and Sprint has been added as a carrier. Apple emphasised improvements in a new version of the operating system – iOS 5 – and demonstrated a voice-recognition personal assistant called Siri.
Our live reporting from the event as it happened and reaction to the news is after the jump.
Tech news from around the web – including a round-up of the latest news and speculation surrounding Tuesday’s launch by Apple:
Sprint, theUS mobile telecoms company, has made a multibillion-dollar committment to gain access to the latest iPhone models from Apple, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sprint has committed to buy at least 30.5m iPhones, even though – according to the WSJ - it is likely to lose money on the deal until 2014.
Ahead of today’s launch, Vodafone Germany has started offering memory options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB on the iPhone 4, TNW says. The move has fuelled rumours that Apple will not debut the iPhone 5 today – instead unveiling a low-cost iPhone 4 model and new iPhone 4S models.
Microsoft has unveiled new features for Hotmail, making it easier for users to reduce the clutter of what it describes as “graymail” in Inboxes. While the features add to major improvements introduced last year, Microsoft executives admitted problems remain of making users aware of them and getting users of other services to consider changing to a webmail service that has dropped to number three in popularity in the US.
Steve Ballmer received only half the potential bonus he stood to make in Microsoft’s latest fiscal year, though the pay-out was still in line with the “target bonus” the company had set for him.
The message from the Microsoft board: despite successes like the Kinect and a breakthrough deal with Nokia, under Mr Ballmer’s leadership the company is still falling short in the all-important smartphone and tablet markets.