iPhone and iOS News from ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’

Here are the iPhone and iOS highlights from the Let’s Talk iPhone Event conducted by Apple, in its Cupertino Campus.  For a change this keynote was headed by Tim Cook, who took over from Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple.

iOS 5 News

  • iOS 5 to open up to public on October 12
  • iCloud also opens up on the same day
  • New Cards App let you send “traditional” snail mail greetings to US and around the world, from iOS for a fee
  • “Find My Friends” – Find your friends in the real world who has opted to share the location information with you
  • iMessage Service for messaging between iOS users (think BBM!)
  • New built-in Reminder App
  • Twitter Integration with iOS for Single Sign On and more
  • Take Photos  (not perfect yet…) and control iPod Music from your Lock Screen
  • Safari Updates – Reading list that syncs across iOS Devices, Full Tabbed Browsing for iPad
  • Wireless iOS Updates (a.k.a. PC Free)
  • iTunes Match – Sync your playlists and music to the cloud, Start Streaming – for $24.99/Year (only US, available End of October)
  • “Siri”, the iPhone Assistant that helps to get things done by asking
  • You can use Siri for things like (as of now) – Setting up Reminders and Meetings, Sending Text, Asking for Information, Sending Emails, Finding Directions, Setting Alarms, Asking about Stocks…
  • By far Siri is the most impressive feature on iOS 5 (but still in Beta!)

New iPhone – The iPhone 4S

  • iPhone 4S succeeds iPhone 4 (No iPhone 5 yet…)
  • Apple will continue to sell iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • Powered by Dual-Core A5 Chip – perceived to be 2X times faster than iPhone 4 (and 7X faster graphics)
  • Improved Battery Times
  • Advanced Wireless System to intelligently switch between “Transmit” and “Receive” antennas
  • Increased Data Speeds – HSDPA Speeds upto 14.4 Mbps
  • GSM/CDMA Dual Mode on the single device (favorite feature for Frequent Travelers)
  • Better Camera – 8 MP Sensor, Backside Illumination, Improved Face detection
  • AirPlay Mirroring – Get your iPhone Gaming on the Big Screen, all wireless

Other Updates

  • Price drops for iPod Nano Models – 8 GB at $149, 16 GB at $179
  • iPod Touch to get a makeover with iOS 5
  • iMessage also to be available for iPod Touch for Inter-iOS Communication
  • Price drops again for iPod Touch – 8 GB at $199, 32 GB at $299, 64 GB at $399

That’s the summary of Let’s Talk iPhone event by Apple at Cupertino, on 4 October 2011. What do you think? Did you miss iPhone 5? Are you getting an iPhone 4S? We would like to hear it from you!

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  1. Rachelle Sung says:

    This is a great review Ashwin can’t wait to for the new release of the iOS 5. I really find your post very interesting specially that I’m a tech savvy girl myself.

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