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Although the iPhone 4S* looks like the iPhone 4 before it, it is considerably more powerful and most notably unveils a new voice-controlled "intelligent assistant" named Siri.
Like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S uses the same all stainless steel body design with an ultra high-density 3.5-inch, IPS, LED-backlit 960x640 326 ppi multi-touch "retina" display, dual noise-cancelling microphones, mobile and data antennas integrated in the "metal band" that wraps around the sides of the phone, and a chemically hardened "aluminosilcate" glass front over both the display and a black or white frame and the chemically hardened black glass back, too. Both the front and back have an "oleophobic" oil repellent coating, as well.
However, the iPhone 4S is a "world phone," supporting both GSM and CDMA networks (UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz), and the "antenna automatically switches between send and receive." It supports 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and HSDPA of up to 14.4 Mbps, too.
The iPhone 4S also has dual cameras -- an 8 megapixel HD video/still camera (1080p at 30 FPS) with a "backside illuminated sensor," and an LED flash on the rear and a VGA quality video/still camera on the front designed for video conferencing over a Wi-Fi network with Apple's included "FaceTime" application.
It is powered by a dual-core "Apple A5" processor, has 512 MB of RAM, and has 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of internal storage (the 32 GB and 64 GB options were discontinued September 12, 2012, the 16 GB option was replaced by an 8 GB option on September 10, 2013, and this 8 GB configuration was discontinued on September 9, 2014).
Apple reports that the iPhone 4S provides "up to" 40 hours of audio playback, 14 hours of talk time on 2G, 8 hours of talk time on 3G, 6 hours of Internet use on 3G, 9 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback and 200 hours of standby time.
In the US, the iPhone 4S originally was available locked to and subsidized by either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, for US$199, US$299, or US$399, respectively, with a two-year contract. It also originally was available "unlocked and contract-free" for US$649, US$749, and US$849.
On September 12, 2012, Apple dropped the price of the 16 GB carrier-locked model to US$99 with a two-year contract and dropped the unlocked and contract-free option to US$549.
Finally, on September 10, 2013, Apple introduced a lower capacity 8 GB model that was US$0 in the US locked to AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon with a two-year contract. This model was US$450 if unlocked and contract free. It was discontinued entirely on September 9, 2014.
Unfortunately, the unlocked model is manually blocked from working on CDMA networks.
*For those interested in the smallest of details, Apple quietly changed the name of the iPhone 4S to iPhone 4s (lower case) on September 10, 2013, presumably for consistency with the iPhone 5s models introduced at the same time.
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|Introduction Date:||October 4, 2011*||Discontinued Date:||September 9, 2014*|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*On September 12, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations. On September 10, 2013, Apple discontinued the 16 GB configuration and introduced a new 8 GB configuration. This final 8 GB configuration was discontinued on September 9, 2014.
Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2011.
|Processors:||1 (2 Cores)||Geekbench 2 (32):||617|
|Details:||Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPhone4,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (32):||215||Geekbench 3 (32):||406|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone4,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (64):||N/A||Geekbench 3 (64):||N/A|
|Details:||The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support 64-bit mode for this model. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone4,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Processor Speed:||800 MHz*||Processor Type:||Apple A5|
|Details:||*The iPhone 4S uses the "Apple A5" processor like the iPad 2 models, specifically a 1 GHz "dual-core Apple A5 (S5L8940) custom-designed, higher-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip," albeit downclocked to 800 MHz. It integrates the CPU, graphics, the memory controller, and I/O functions.
Also see: How much faster is the iPhone 4S than the iPhone 4?
|Onboard RAM:||512 MB*||Storage Capacity:||8, 16, 32, 64 GB|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPhone 4S, but software analysis confirms that it has 512 MB.|
|Song Capacity:||N/A*||Photo Capacity:||N/A*|
|Details:||*Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that the iPhone 4S can hold, instead opting for just gigabytes.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPhone 4S|
|Housing Color:||Black & White||Controller:||Multi-touch|
|Details:||The iPhone 4S is available with either a black or white front and back.|
|Built-in Display:||3.5" Color||Display Resolution:||960x640 (326 ppi)|
|Details:||The iPhone 4S has a 3.5" 960 by 640 (326 ppi) "Retina display," like the previously released iPhone 4. It is LED-backlit, uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, has an 800:1 typical contrast ratio, a 500 cd/m2 typical maximum brightness and is coated with a fingerprint-resistant "oleophobic" (oil repellent) coating. The back of the phone, which also is made of glass, has an oleophobic coating as well.
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Also see: How do I replace the glass cover, digitizer, and display (LCD screen) on the iPhone 4S?
|Standard Wireless:||802.11b/g/n*||Standard Bluetooth:||4.0|
|Details:||*Apple notes that the iPhone 4S only supports the 2.4 GHz frequency of 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The iPhone 4S is a "world phone" and also supports UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) networks.
|Cell Network:||GSM/CDMA*||Camera:||8.0 Megapixels**|
|Details:||*The iPhone 4S supports UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) networks. It supports HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps as well.
**The iPhone 4S has dual cameras. The rear camera supports HD video recording (1080p up to 30 FPS with audio), and functions as a 8 megapixel still camera as well. It has a "backside illuminated sensor," a 5X digital zoom, and an LED flash. The front mounted camera, designed to be used for video conferencing in conjunction with Apple's provided "FaceTime" software over a Wi-Fi network, takes VGA quality photos and video up to 30 FPS.
Like the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, it also supports geotagging, autofocus, macro, and white balance support, and a "tap to focus" feature. It adds face detection in still images as well.
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||40 Hours|
|Details:||Also see: How do I replace the battery in the iPhone 4S?|
|Battery Life (Voice):||8-14 Hours*||Standby Time:||300 Hours|
|Details:||*Apple reports that the iPhone 4S provides "up to" 40 hours of audio playback, 14 hours of talk time on 2G (GSM), 8 hours of talk time on 3G, 6 hours of Internet use on 3G, 9 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback and 200 hours of standby time.
Also see: What is the battery life of the iPhone 4S in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?
|Apple Order No:||MC918LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||iPhone 4S (4s)|
|Details:||MC918LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration in black locked to AT&T with a two-year contract. With 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, in black, locked to AT&T, the order numbers are MC919LL/A and MD269LL/A. With 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage, in white, locked to AT&T, the order numbers are MC920LL/A, MC921LL/A and MD271LL/A.
Locked to Verizon, in black, the order numbers respectively are MD276LL/A, MD278LL/A, and MD280LL/A. Locked to Verizon, in white, order numbers are MD277LL/A, MD279LL/A, and MD281LL/A.
Locked to Sprint, in black, the order numbers are MD377LL/A, MD379LL/A, and MD381LL/A. Locked to Sprint, in white, order numbers are MD378LL/A, MD380LL/A, and MD382LL/A.
The order numbers for unlocked 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models are MD234LL/A, MD241LL/A, and MD257LL/A in black and MD237LL/A, MD244LL/A, and MD260LL/A in white, respectively.
Finally, the 8 GB model introduced September 10, 2013, in black and white, is MF257LL/A and MF258LL/A locked to AT&T, MF269LL/A and MF270LL/A locked to Sprint, and MF259LL/A and MF260LL/A, locked to Verizon. Unlocked and contract free, the 8 GB model is MF261LL/A and MF262LL/A, in black and white if bundled with a T-Mobile SIM (but no obligations to use it) and MF263LL/A and MF264LL/A without a SIM.
|Apple Model No:||A1387 (EMC 2430)||Model ID:||iPhone4,1|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model, but are unique for this device.
Also see: All iPhones with the A1387 Model Number, the 2430 EMC Number, and the iPhone4,1 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iOS 5.0||Maximum OS:||Current*|
|Details:||*This model is partially supported by the most recent version of iOS 8. Most notably, it does not support the "Continuity" feature.
Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 8? For models that "partially" support iOS 8, which features are and are not supported?
|Dimensions:||4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37*||Avg. Weight:||4.9 oz. (140 g)|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth (115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm).|
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.5.8*||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP3/Vista/7|
|Details:||Apple originally reported that the iPhone 4S is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, OS X v10.5.8 or later, and iTunes 10.5 or later." On September 12, 2012, Apple changed this to note support for OS X 10.6.8 or later as well as iTunes 10.7 or later.
It is compatible with a "PC with a USB 2.0 port, Windows 7, Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later, and iTunes 10.5 or later" and iTunes 10.7 or later after September 12, 2012.
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPhone 4S supports "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."|
|Photo Support:||Apple does not formally specify photo formats for the iPhone 4S. The Safari web browser, however, supports JPG, GIF, and TIFF images, and the iPod function of the iPhone 4 supports images synchronized from iTunes.|
|Video Support:||Apple reports that the iPhone 4 supports "H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format."
On an external display, it supports "576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)" as well as video mirroring and video out support up to 1080p. It also supports AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV at 720p.
|Incl. Accessories:||Ships with "Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, dock connector to USB cable, USB power adapter, [and] documentation."|
|Original Price:||US$199, US$299, US$399*||Est. Current Retail:||US$150-US$300|
|Details:||*Apple originally sold the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations of this model for US$199, US$299 and US$399, respectively, locked to, and subsidized by, either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon in the US. It also was available "unlocked and contract-free" for US$649, US$749, and US$849. These options were discontinued on September 12, 2012.
*On September 12, 2012, Apple cut the price of this model to US$99 with a two-year contract and started offering it unlocked and contract-free for US$549.
*Finally, on September 10, 2013, Apple introduced an 8 GB configuration for US$0 with a two year contract or US$450 unlocked and contract free.
Unfortunately, Apple manually blocked unlocked iPhone 4S models from working on CDMA networks.
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Global original prices for the iPhone 4S (4s*) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.
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Original Prices - North America
|Canada:||C$649, C$749, C$849||United States:||US$199, US$299, US$399*|
Original Prices - Europe
|Austria:||€629, €739, €849||Belgium:||€649, €759, €879|
|Denmark:||DKK 4,699, 5,499, 6,299||Finland:||€629, €739, €849|
|France:||€629, €739, €849||Germany:||€629, €739, €849|
|Ireland:||€609, €711, €812||Italy:||€659, €779, €899|
|Netherlands:||€599, €699, €799||Norway:||NOK 4.890, 5,790, 6.690|
|Portugal:||€629, €739, €849||Spain:||€599, €699, €799|
|Sweden:||SEK 5.795, 6.795, 7.795||Switzerland:||CHF 649, 749, 899|
|United Kingdom:||£499, £599, £699|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 4,988, 5,888, 6,788||Hong Kong:||HK$5,088, HK$5,888, HK$6,688|
|Japan:||¥46,080, ¥57,600, ¥67,200*||Singapore:||S$948, S$1088, S$1238|
|Taiwan:||NT$21,900, NT$25,900, NT$29,900|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||A$799, A$899, A$999||New Zealand:||NZ$1049, NZ$1199, NZ$1349|
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