With the recent departure of the face of Apple, Steve Jobs, and the appointment of Tim Cook I was expecting a lot of effort to have gone in to the iPhone and ios 5.0 to try to disprove the claims that jobs leaving will end Apple's dominance.
Myself along with many of those attending the "lets talk about iPhone" conference were astounded that the new iPhone 4S was not much of an improvement over the iPhone 4, it reminds me of the launch of the iPad 2, a lot of hype for what essentially didn't amount to much.
Although I don't really consider myself an Apple fanboy, I am definitely an advocate for iProducts! however I wont be rushing out to get the new iPhone, after chatting with my colleagues I haven't heard one good thing said about the 4S, the word I hear most often is "Disappointed" I will be surprised if the pre order "sells-out" like the iPhone 4 did.
Differences between iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
iPhone 4 iPhone 4S
Processor A4 Dual core A5
Siri (voice recognition) No Yes
Camera 5Mp 8Mp
Video 720p 30fps 1080p 30fps
Video stabilisation No Yes
Talktime 7 hours 8 hours
Standby time 300 hours 200 hours
I don't think you will notice the dual core A5 chips benefits unless you use your iPhone for gaming, its disappointing to see Siri not supported on the iPhone 4 once its upgraded to ios 5.0 but its not a huge deal.
Anyone that's really into cameras will tell you it's not all about Megapixels! however the 1080p capabilities are nice but I doubt the video stabilisation will be the envy of iPhone 4 users.
One thing that surprised me was the standby time, it looks like the iPhone 4S has taken a backwards step, only offering 2/3 of the iPhone 4!
All in all a real let down and not a very good start for Tim's first solo launch.