Minor update or major upgrade? The new Apple iPhone 4S splits trailer. Matthias Kremp has tried the linguistically gifted smartphone, and explains why this model is also a mega-seller – even though many iPhone fans to save the purchase of the novice should.
That should be the new iPhone? Yes, that’s it, even if it looks exactly like its predecessor. The same way? Almost. After all, who the previous iPhone 4 has often been viewed enough, a small difference is remarkable: the metal framework, its components also serve as antennas, now has four parts rather than three. But that’s all that is visible from the outside.
It already is, at least according to Apple, a significant innovation. Previously served only one of the outer receiving antennas – and there was trouble. Because many people on the phone accidentally covering the antenna with your hand, could worsen the reception. Many first-time buyers of the iPhone 4 were annoyed. Later than the designated crisis Antennagate Apple responded by sending a free cell phone carrying solutions to those affected. The fourth antenna in the new model is to solve the old problem now. Depending on which has better reception, two antennas alternately worry about the connection to the network. In the test, at least no more connection problems were detected.
Siri takes the A5 chip – Apple says
When the new iPhone 4S are otherwise mostly under the hood. An iPhone for the modified version of the A5 processor from the iPad 2 is to make the phone faster, better, the graphics output. In fact, you can feel them very little. So far, there seems no apps which take advantage of the new power can actually – except one.
According to Apple, the new processor is in fact essential for the voice-activated assistant Siri. Siri is precisely why one could not use the iPhone 4. That may be true, but raises the question of why there are not at the Siri iPad 2, which also contains an A5 chip.
Hands free dictation
Either way, Siri’s fun. Not only because you can pierce it with lively questions and tasks entrusted: “Do I need an umbrella in Munich?”, “Remind me tomorrow that I want to make a hair appointment.” This usually works pretty well, but requires a robust data link. Siri is offline switched off.
Above all, Siri missing many opportunities in the German version of the U.S. variant. Neither can it provide information about where the nearest pizza sits, nor can it calculate the route to the airport. It sets up the German Siri one appointments, play music, looking for addresses and initiate calls. Apple wants to run after everything else, but called for an appointment.
Practically, the speech recognition capabilities of the iPhone 4S, especially in situations where they should be free both hands or wants: time dictate just one text message or an e-mail to the phone works well, provided that the commitment to ensure a reasonably clear pronunciation.
Beautiful, quiet stream of images
As sensational as Apple is the Siri capabilities of the iPhone 4S, but they are not. Google calls the language capabilities of its Android system Voice Actions, so that offers similar capabilities as Apple‘s Siri. Just like the Siri Voice Actions only work with existing online connection. The voice recording will be sent via a data link to the server on which is the actual speech recognition. But Google wants even more: The technology is already trying to translate the spoken sentences, to long-term mobile phone as fast simultaneous interpreters be used. Nor is the future of music.
The other major technical update of the 4S is its camera. They also benefited from the faster processor. On the one hand, because the camera app launches faster, and now offers basic image editing functions. On the other hand, because the camera app detects when focusing, whether one or several faces are in the picture, on which they focus automatically. These functions are possible, according to Apple, because in the A5-chip of the iPhone 4S, unlike the iPad 2, was incorporated as an ISP (Image Signal Processor).
At least as important: the lens of the camera was not only about a fifth lens extended, but it penetrates through improved Aperture now more light to the photo-chip, which gives better pictures in dim lighting. This allows photos that are less noisy than the iPhone 4 Good image quality is all.
This also applies to the video function. Movies are recorded in full HD 1080p resolution, which gives more details. Above all, the new iPhone video recording will automatically calm. Meaning: The waggling of hands-free Aufahmen is eliminated – at least in part. You fidget when recording but too much can also calm the function of the iPhone no longer to control.
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