As leaked, a new Apple iPhone 4S will offer a voice capability that lets your phone “understand you” through advanced voice recognition that could change the interface for smartphone use in the car.
It includes an “intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking,” said Apple at its much anticipated press event Tuesday.
In a demo, Apple execs asked the phone “What is the weather like today,” and the phone’s new “Siri” feature issued a forecast by voice.
Users just hold down the home button, and the phone will “listen.”
You can set your phone alarm just by saying “Wake me up tomorrow at 6 am.” (And you get a confirmation).
From Engadget’s live blog, the phone seems to also deliver responses through visible “voice bubbles” on the screen.
Voice is linked to many features in the phone so you can say, “Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” and you’ll get a response.
If you ask for directions, you get them. If you ask Siri to remind you to call your wife when you leave work, it sets up a geofence around your office, and gives you the reminder!
Other features of the iPhone 4S: it includes the new A5 chip so processing is twice as fast as the original iPhone 4 and the phone’s new dual core graphics are 7X faster than the previous iPhone.
The phone will enable advanced gaming features not yet available on a home console, said Apple.
A new antenna system intelligently switches between two antennas for download speeds that are twice as fast as the earlier iPhone.
The phone 4S is now both GSM and CDMA (the iPhone 4 was GSM) and it offers many free cloud services.
The 4S also gets a new 8 MP camera with 60 percent more pixels at 3264 x 2448 resolution compared to the iPhone 4. It’s also 1/3rd faster than the previous iPhone 4 camera and faster than the Droid Bionic says Apple, which added that for many people, this will be the best camera and video recorder they’ve ever owned.
Pre-orders for the Phone 4S begin on Friday.
Apple also announced the iPhone 3GS is now free. The iPhone 4 at 8GB drops down to $99. Pricing on the iPhone 4S ranges from $199 for 16GB to $399 for 64GB.
No word on an iPhone 5!
Update! The iPhone 4s will be available on Sprint as well as AT&T and Verizon networks.