Despite the media detractors who once again predict a failure for the introduction of an Apple product, the iPhone 4S introduction shows that Apple knows the market better than it knows itself. Predictions are that Apple will sell over 4 million iPhone 4S devices in the first weekend of sales. Part of the reason is greater availability of the product. The phones are available not only at Apple stores, but also at BestBuy, Target, Sam's Club, and Radio Shack. The iPhone 4S will also be available on Sprint Nextel as well as AT&T and Verizon. Even though the device itself the is big draw, the real change is the release of the iOS 5 operating system. Even existing iPhone 4 owners can upgrade to the new system.
iPhone 4S introduces voice activated controls called Siri, a dual-core
A5 processor chip that is much faster than its predicessors, an all new 8
Megapixel camera with HD video, and connection to the iCloud, online
storage system from Apple. The new operating system, i OS 5, the heart
of the product, has over 200 new features. What makes the device great
is the software and that means the operating system.
just don't care about computers or don't use one, you should be aware of
the fundamental convergence of the operating systems. What this means
is that with Apple leading the way, the way we use and interact with
computers is rapidly evolving into the model used by iPhones and iPads.
You don't have to look at the upcoming Windows 8 to realize that
Microsoft is being copy cat again and trying to catch up to Apple's
innovation. By the time Windows 8 comes out sometime next year, its
"revolutionary" interface will be old news.
I downloaded iOS 5 to
my iPhone 4 recently. You need to synchronize your iPhone to your
computer before you do the free upgrade. Of course, the new iOS 5 will
work best with the new iPhone 4S, but it upgrades existing phone also.
iOS 5 is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
what do I mean by convergence? All of the innovation is operating
systems, whether it be Apple's iOS 5 or the new Android systems focus on
hand controls. When was the last time you hooked up a mouse to your
smartphone? It is inevitable, as shown by the features of the planned
Microsoft Windows 8, that operating systems are moving towards or
converging on a common operating model with involves the use of hand
controls. Apple's new iOS 5 for the iPad 2 that adds hand gestures using
four and five fingers. As tablet computers such as the iPad become
ubiquitous, computer users will begin to accept hand control systems
even more than they already have.
A few days ago, I watched two of
my grandchildren demonstrate the gesture controls for their Xbox 360
game console using Kinect Core games. It is easy to see that it will not
be long before you control your computer with hand gestures either on
the screen or in front of the screen.
The new iOS 5 has some very
useful and interesting features. In addition to the multitasking gesture
control, there is a new notification center that will collect all of
your emails, texts, friend requests and more into one simple screen.
iMessage lets you send unlimited text messages via WiFi or 3G from your
iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to anyone with one of those devices. The new
Reminders App gives you a centralized to-do list that is synchronized
automatically through the iCloud and Twitter is integrated right into
the iOS 5 operating system! There are enhancements to the camera and
One dramatic change is that with iOS 5 you no longer need a
computer to keep your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch up-to-date. You can
activate and set up your device wirelessly right out of the box and
download and update all of your Apps without connecting to a computer.
The only constant in life is change and the only constant in computers is revolutionary change.