Although it's not the iPhone 5 many were hoping for, the new Apple iPhone 4S has finally been released, and its capabilities are impressive. Within the same body as the iPhone 4, the 4S packs a whole new bag of tricks.
For many users, the most noticeable upgrade will be the integrated Siri app, a voice recognition system unlike any currently on the market. Tell Siri to remind you to pack your uniform before you leave the house, and it will. Voice control technology has been around for a long time, but Apple believes they have made it a game changer by perfecting it and integrating it into the phone.
With the same dual-core processor as the iPad 2, the iPhone 4S boasts twice the speed of the iPhone 4 and seven times better graphics for improved browsing, video, gaming and message sending. The lightning-fast processor makes applications like the Game Center and NewsStand feasible while traveling to and from away games. Stay connected without recharging with eight hours of battery life for a 3G connection and 40 hours for music.
Perhaps the most exciting feature for athletes is the camera. The iPhone 4S flaunts an eight megapixel camera with 1080p high definition video. Its speed and quality are good enough for athletes to record themselves performing exercises, drills and skills. And a new image stabilization feature is suitable for in-game video recordings that can be shared with recruiters and college coaches.
The iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order from the Apple website on Oct. 7 and on sale in Apple stores on Oct. 14.