Posted by News | Posted on 17-10-2011 | comments: 0| Posted in
Steve Jobs is not among us anymore, but his brainchild – iPhone, is alive and well. Less than 10 days after Jobs’ passing, iPhone 4S has been released. It is the fifth generation of its kind, a device that combines a widescreen iPod with touchscreen, mobile phone, and internet communicator.
The functions of iPhone 4S are well known. It could do everything you need in the Information Age – from making cheap international calls to downloading the latest Internet spotlights. The iPhone 4S retains the exterior design of its predecessor, but is host to a range of improved hardware specifications and software updates compared to the previous model. Integrated software and hardware changes support the introduction of new user interface and functions by Apple. Highlights include a voice recognizing and talking assistant called Siri, personal computer independence, cloud-sourced data and an improved camera system. A selection of the device’s functions can be controlled by voice.
The iPhone 4S introduced a new automated voice control system called “Siri”, unique to the 4S, that allows the user to give the iPhone commands, which it can execute and respond to. For example, iPhone commands such as “What is the weather going to be like?” will generate a response such as “The weather is to be cloudy and rainy and drop to 10 degrees today”. These commands can vary greatly and control almost every section of the phone. The commands given do not have to be specific and can be used with natural language. An impact of Siri, as pointed out by Apple video messages, is that it is much easier and/or possible for people to use device functions while driving, exercising, or when they have their hands full. It also means people with trouble reading, seeing, or typing can access the phone more easily. Siri can be taught information, so it knows who a person is referring to when they use generic terminology on that device. Its not clear what the impact of Siri speaking in public will be, but it does not have to speak out loud and can be used with headphones. One interface feature of the system is that it can be activated by holding the phone to a person’s head. The iPhone 4S has a proximity sensor.
70 countries are expected to join the international call for purchasing the Apple iPhone 4S in the closing months of 2011.