From Joshua Topolsky’s review of the iPhone 4S:
Asking [Siri*] “what is the meaning of life?” will bring up a number of responses, both serious and not so serious. The first time I asked, Siri simply said “42.” If you ask Siri if there’s a god, the software points you in the direction of the nearest church (oddly, no synagogues, Buddhist temples, or mosques are suggested).
*Siri is the new intelligent assistant that comes with the iPhone 4S.
As most of you will be aware, there’s a big announcement coming from Apple today. The long awaited next generation iPhone is going to be shown to the public by new CEO Tim Cook.
But what is the iPhone going to be like? Will it be an upgraded iPhone 4 that looks mostly the same but has some hefty internal upgrades? Or will there be a brand new design to match the internal improvements?
Before jumping into that, a quick mention of the one thing we can be certain of.
Tim Cook will undoubtedly announce the release date for iOS 5 and iCloud during his keynote today. I wouldn’t get your hopes of this being available today though. My guess is that developers will get a gold master release today and that the public release of iOS 5 will be sometime next week.
For those of you who aren’t aware, iOS 5 will be a free software update for anyone with an iPhone 4 or 3GS. So, even if you have no plans for getting the new iPhone, you can look forward to some big software improvements. You will also get access to Apple’s new iCloud service.
But what about the new iPhone itself? It has to be said that Apple have done a great job of leaving the tech press pretty confused and endlessly contradicting itself. Unlike the iPhone 4 which was leaked ahead of time, this next upgrade has been shrouded in mystery.
Initially, I was pretty confident that there would definitely be a newly designed iPhone 5. And this would seem to fit nicely alongside the fact that we know iOS 5 is coming. Would releasing just an internal upgrade to the iPhone 4 (iPhone 4S?) fit when they’re going to be pushing iOS 5 as the big new software update? Wouldn’t iOS 5 and iPhone 5 work nicely together?
But the rumours seem to have veered more towards the new phone maintaining its current design for the most part whilst having a big internal upgrade: more memory, better camera, faster processor.
Just when it seemed to be settling down on this reality though, a new rumour emerged suggesting that (in the US) the Sprint carrier would be getting exclusive access to the iPhone 5 and that the other carriers would get the updated iPhone 4. What this would mean internationally, who knows! And it has to be said there’s been a lot of scepticism about this rumour.
Ultimately, we’re just going to have to wait! Even if we don’t know what it will be like, there will be a new iPhone announced later today that will (probably) be available from Friday 14th October. And we can also be sure that there will be a release date announced for iOS 5 to get rolled out to all iPhone users, along with access to iCloud.
Bring on 6pm (UK time).