Bottom Line: Apple announced the iPhone 4S, an upgraded iPhone 4 with a voice navigation assistant called Siri, an 8MP camera, CDMA/GSM capabilities and the iPad’s dual-core A5 chip. The phone will be available for pre-orders on Friday and will go on sale Oct. 14. The phone starts at $199 for 16GB. Apple also dropped the price of the iPhone 4, which now starts at $99 and the iPhone 3GS, which will be free with a carrier agreement. The company also announced iOS 5, which has a host of new features, including a notifications center and iMessage, a multimedia group messaging service for those using the operating system. Apple also updated and repriced its iPod line, adding an iPod Nano that starts at $129. The iPod Touch — which now comes in white -- will start from $199. — Hayley Tsukayama
- Joshua Topolsky
- The Verge
Apple’s iPhone event (live blog)
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Live Blog from Joshua Topolsky:
2:46 pm Thanks for joining us today — and sorry for the liveblog issues!
2:38 pm "Only Apple could bring these together in such a powerful and integrated way. I am so proud of this team. I want to thank you for joining us."
2:37 pm "Now, when you look at each of these, they're great and fantastic and industry leading in and of themselves. But what sets them apart, and what puts Apple way out front, is how they're engineered to work so well together."
2:37 pm "iPhone 4S... the most amazing iPhone ever. Now with a dual core a5 chip. All new camera, and this amazing thing we call Siri."
2:36 pm "Let's review today's announcements. iOS 5. iCloud."
2:36 pm "Pretty incredible isn't it?"
2:36 pm Tim is back!
2:36 pm "And that's the iPhone 4S... thank you."
2:36 pm Oh, the iPhone 4S at 64GB is new.
2:35 pm "And for the first time... iPhone on Sprint."
2:35 pm iPhone 4S preorders start on the 7th. Released on the 14th of this month.
2:35 pm 3GS... free on contract.
2:35 pm 8GB iPhone 4, one config — 8GB $99
2:34 pm 3GS and iPhone 4 still going to be sold.
2:34 pm "So that's the iPhone 4S, black and white." Same pricing as iPhone 4.
2:34 pm Cheers for the video. Looks like they're about to wrap things up.
2:33 pm This video is inspiring, but it's tough to get over the minor update after more than a year of seeing the iPhone 4.
2:31 pm The Siri tech is pretty wild in that it follows along with what you say. You might ask it to make an appointment for you, and if you have something scheduled, it will tell you and ask if you want to move it.
2:29 pm "We're really excited about the 4S, and to help customers learn about it, we've created a video."
2:28 pm "It will have support for English, French, and German. We're launching it in beta. So that's Siri, and now you understand all that's new in the iPhone 4S."