Apple announces iPhone 4S; Sprint to carry the device
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has announced the iPhone 4S, an upgrade from the iPhone 4 that runs on a dual-core A5 processor and is capable of operating on both GSM and CDMA networks. In addition, Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) will offer the iPhone 4S, along with Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T), on Oct. 14.
The dual-core processor will enable the device to run graphics up to seven times faster than previous models, said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing at Apple during an event held at the company's campus. While the design is unchanged, the device includes new software to improve voice-command functionality, enhanced battery life and an 8-megapixel camera.
The iPhone 4S will be priced at $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for a 64GB model, with a two-year contract.
The new device will run on iOS 5, which Apple announced earlier this year. The OS includes about 200 additional features, including the iMessage application and a unified center for email notification. iOS 5 will include free iCloud syncing and hosting service for music, photos and other data, and will be available on Oct. 12.
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