iPhone 4S Now Available For Pre-Orders, Unlocked Models Coming In November

The new iPhone 4S, available on Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T goes on pre-order today for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB). WHile these models make the iPhone 4S a “world phone”, keep in mind the new unlocked models that debut in November which are priced at $649, $749, or $849, for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions will only work on GSM carriers, not CDMA ones (the handset must be first activated on a CDMA carrier like Sprint or Verizon). Some of the main specs include an Apple 5 dual-core processor, a new 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, iOS 5, that wonderful 3.5-inch Retina display, and finally Siri, the new voice-controlled artificial intelligence system. Via: Apple Store

HTC Sensation XL Announced

This is quite a big one. The HTC Sensation XL (obviously extra large) is an HTC Sensation 4G that has Beats Audio built-in and comes with a pair of headphones, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 4.7-inch Super LCD display, HSPA+, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080pHD video recording, and then some. It only comes in white, as seen above, and will launch in Asia and in Europe, but no American launch is planned at the moment — at least we don’t know one is. PR after the break.

iOS 5 Gold Master Edition Is Out!

20111004-151615.jpgWith the announcement of new Apple products today comes the iOS 5 gold master, or GM, for short. The is essentially the 8th version of iOS 5 released to developers, and is the retail-ready model — in other words the “golden master”. The new version of iOS 5 launches publicly on October 12th, however developers get the download today (like me). The usual dev tools like Xcode and iTunes 10.5 will also have GM versions ready for iOS 5, all at Apple’s developer portal. The update is not available as an OTA however — in order to upgrade you’ll need to use iTunes one last time.

iPhone 4S: Dual-Core A5 CPU, 8MP Camera, Siri Voice Control, iOS 5 And More

It’s the new iPhone 4S. It contains a state-of-the-art dual-core Apple A5 processor with up to 7x increased graphics performance from the previous iPhone and 2x the processing speed. It also has HSPA+ speeds of up to 14.4MBps and increased battery life — 8 hours of talk time on 3G. The iPhone 4S also packs a new camera at 8 megapixels (with am amazing aperture of f2.4 and takes photos in 1.1 seconds, with each shot coming faster than the last) and a resolution of 3264×2448, including full HD 1080p video recording, all with better contrast, face detection, temporary noise reduction with video stabilization, and low-light photo-taking. The new iPhone 4S is also a world phone that comes in GSM with CDMA (no separate models, just one model) using a new antenna design the increases speeds and call quality, hopefully. As for appearances, everything remains the same, including a delightful Retina display and a glass exterior.

One major feature as part of the new iPhone 4S is called Siri. Holding down the home button allows you to activate Siri, where you can ask it questions, like what the weather is like. After the command is stated it will immediately launch to the app or action that you requested, or in the weather example, will actually speak to you, telling you that it looks rainy. Another amazing use of Siri is — just about anything. You can speak natural language to the iPhone 4S, like “wake me up at 6AM tomorrow” and it will set the clock as well as telling you it did so. Another amazing example of Siri in action at the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event is Siri reading you messages in the notification center for you.

Now onto the prices — 16GB: $199, 32GB for $299, or 64GB for $399 (in black or white) on a 2-year agreement with pre-orders beginning the 7th and release date of the 14th of October on AT&T, Verizon, or — wait for it — Sprint. As for countires that get the iPhone 4S on October 14th, they are: the U.S., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.

PR after the break.

Apple Announces The New iPod Line — Touch, Nano, And Shuffle

These are the new iPods. Starting with the new iPod Touch — it has a Retina display, gyro sensor, comes in white or black, costs $199 for 8GB, $229 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for the 64GB model. The new iPod Nano also comes with an improved Nike+ app and requires no additional hardware to track your fitness. As for the Shuffle? It’s all the same, really. Photo credit: TiMN

iOS 5 Releasing October 12th

iOS 5. It will also come today as a gold master edition for developers and will bereleased on October 12th for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd and 4th gen. This date is quite obviously, very close. And with 200 new user features bundled with the update, it will be quite interesting.