Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage today to give a keynote address that took down about half the internet, despite not being broadcast. He covered iOS 5 and iCloud, and introduced new iPods, the iPhone 4S, and Siri.
First, let’s get this out of the way: the iPhone 4S is the iPhone 5. They might call a later phone the iPhone 5, but the rumors and anticipation were about this phone, not the next. Anyway, the 4S is awesome. It has a faster processor, a camera once again upgraded in every area, and a new antenna design. It also comes in a single version for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. On the outside, it’s identical to the iPhone 4. It comes in three versions: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399. The iPhone 4 is being sold at 8GB for $99, and the iPhone 3GS clings to life, now the first free-on-contract iPhone.
The iPod touch now comes in black and white, and the 8GB model costs $199. The iPod nano also had a slight update, with interface changes and new clocks. It’s also slightly cheaper ($129 for 8GB, $149 for 16GB). The shuffle continues to be sold, but the iPod classic has finally been discontinued.
Probably the most significant announcement was Siri, a “personal assistant” built into iPhone 4S. Based on technology Apple acquired in April 2010, it attempts to understand human speech and provide answers. Integrating with services like WolframAlpha and various apps, it can give information, schedule events, and more. Dictation is also available wherever a keyboard is visible.