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iPhone 4S New Features   Leave a comment

After months of speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 4S model on Tuesday, and it will be available on October 14 (preorders started on October 7). It seems like we will have to wait a bit longer for the much anticipated iPhone 5.

So what exactly is does the iPhone 4S have that the current iPhone 4 doesn’t? I decided to make a list:

1. Camera: The iPhone 4S has an 8 megapixel camera, instead of the 5 megapixel camera of the iPhone 4. The new camera is built around a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor.

2. Video: the new iPhone can record 1080p HD video.

3. Processor: The new iPhone uses the same processor as the iPad 2–the dual-core 1GHz A5 chip. It will thus be twice as fast as the iPhone 4 and will offer graphics performance that is seven times faster.

4. Operating system: The iPhone 4S has the iOS 5 operating system with iCloud.

5. Siri: As mentioned in my earlier post, the new iPhone has a built-in Siri personal assistant, which is highlighted in the video below.  Edited to add:  Since Apple bought Siri and announced Siri as part of the new iPhone 4S, it is no longer available in the App store as a standalone app.  You need to buy the new iPhone 4S to have it.  If you already downloaded the Siri app, it will only work until October 15.  After that, you will need an iPhone 4S to have access to Siri.

Many people are disappointed that the iPhone 4S looks just like the iPhone 4, with the same shell, and the same screen size. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will be a complete redesign that will fuel people’s imaginations and will cement Apple as the visionary technology company that it was under the helm of Steve Jobs.

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Posted October 9, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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A free personal assistant for the rest of us: Siri app   1 comment

Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own personal assistant, the way celebrities do?  Someone to make appointments for you, call your favorite restaurant to make a reservation, order you a taxi etc?  It turns out, there’s an app for that, and it’s called Siri.  Siri was developed through SRI International’s CALO artificial intelligence project to design a “personal assistant that learns.”    It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, right?  Apple was so impressed with the technology that it purchased Siri, and there are rumors that the Siri personal assistant will become integrated in future iOS versions, so that there will no longer be the need to download the app to have access to your own personal assistant.  It is rumored that the iPhone 5 will have this feature, called the “Assistant.”  Luckily, for now the app is still available for free in the iPhone app store for those of us who have earlier iPhones.  There is unfortunately no iPad app yet, although one is rumored to be in the works.

To use Siri, you must enable GPS location and tell Siri (optional) where you live and work so that it can find places close to either location.  You may either type in your requests, or speak them.  Some examples of what Siri does:

1.  Make restaurant reservations, through partnerships with Open Table.  You can ask it “find a Chinese restaurant near work” and it will give you list of options.  You can then decide if you want to make a reservation or if you want to call the restaurant.

2. Order a taxi for you, through Taxi Magic.

3.  Siri partners with Rotten tomatoes, for movie reviews, and with Yelp for reviews of just about any business.

4.  You can ask Siri “When is Josh Groban playing Madison Square Garden” and it will not only tell you, it will give you several options for purchasing tickets, such as StubHub.  I must admit, I tried this myself, just to see if it worked.

5.  Siri will also tell you the weather and provide recommendations on how to dress!  This is thanks to a partnership with Weather Bug.

6.  Give you updates on your flight’s status through a partnership with Flight Stats.

7.  Email yourself reminders of things to do, such as buy flowers for Mom on Mother’s Day!

It will be exciting to see how this technology develops, especially if it becomes an integral part of the iPhone’s operating system.  It will certainly reduce time browsing the web, since it is easier simply to give Siri a voice command and the app does it all for you.  Highly recommended!

Posted September 18, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apps

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