So, will the iPhone 4S manage the same? Is it ‘future proofed’ as they call it in the industry, or will it fade into obscurity within a couple of months as the rate of technological development increases and Moore’s Law pushes us ever onwards towards the ‘singularity’?
In order to answer this question we will need to look at what features of the iPhone 4S are likely to have the longest shelf life. Sure, the dual core A5 chip and the 8 megapixel camera have already been superseded on other phones, but the new iPhone has a few features that will provide it with some amount of staying power.
The new iPhone operating system iOS 5 provides plenty of innovation, and enough new features that should allow it to adequately compete against Android for some months to come. There are over 200 new features in all, although some of them really stand out as being spectacular.
New messaging features like iMessage will completely change the way people message each other on their phones. This works a bit like BlackBerry Messenger, in that you can chat by text, as well as send images and videos to friends in real time. You can use emoticons and also see when the other person is typing. This is an over the internet service, and essentially a mobile equivalent of instant messaging clients like Windows Live and Google Talk. This is nothing new perhaps. What is innovative about iMessage however is that if no 3G or Wi-Fi connection is available the iPhone 4S will send your message as a standard SMS instead.
Other new social features include Twitter integration and Find my Friends. Find my Friends is a service that is perhaps more revolutionary than it would sound on paper – although a feature that could easily cause a lot of problems if you are not paying attention.
Find my Friends allows users to share their location with friends, which will then be displayed on the other persons phone on a map. This could be used for directing people to your new home or even just locating your chums in a busy public place such as a pop concert. However, it could potentially cause problems if you accidently share your location with someone when you are somewhere you do not want people knowing about, for whatever particular reason that may be.
Some of the other new additions to iOS 5 add in features that compensate for the edge that Android had for a long time. One thing that many people always preferred about Google Android was the notification system, neatly contained in a slide down menu. This was much more user friendly than the iPhone’s previous pop up messages. Of course there are many new features added into the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich too, although the recent iOS 5 updates should keep the competition healthy for some time.
The Siri voice control option could surely be the new way forward for phones and really make a difference with the way we interact with them. The fact this system can tell what you are saying, while also learn as it goes along is very impressive. Siri is really the feature that will provide the iPhone 4S with a long shelf life, as Google’s voice control software is nowhere near as sophisticated or well integrated.
These innovations, alongside the fact the iPhone 4S now has the hardware power to do all of this, are huge leaps for the device and will see iPhone 4S deals stay at the top of the pile until the next iPhone comes out, sometime next year.
This article was written by one of the many guest authors of TechPatio. Thanks to Simon for submitting this one!