The iPhone 4S launches in Korea tomorrow (11 November 2011) but yesterday I got a sneak peak at the 4S thanks to a source with access to those kinds of things.
On the outside the 4S is the same as the iPhone 4 albeit with a slight modification to the case in terms of where the volume buttons and standby button are.
But the insides are all new promising faster performance thanks to a better processor and a much better 8 MegaPixel Camera with a new lens optimised for low light conditions and a Sony made image sensor meaning you can leave the point and shoot at home - he iPhone 4S will probably be your new camera as well as your phone.
The most hyped and potentially killer app to come to the iPhone in this iteration is "Siri". Touted as your personal digital assistant, Siri takes voice command of your phone to a new level. Able to parse real language you can tell Siri to send a message to a contact and dictate the contents of the message and check it before sending it off - all with a single touch.
"What can I help you with today?"
The funny thing is that, for now, Siri doesn't speak Korean, nor does it database cover anything Korea related - the word from Apple being it might not be up and running until next year some time. Case and point:
If you are in the Market for a new phone - the iPhone 4S might just be the ticket - with KT offering some good deals:
The 16GB mode will cost ₩814,000 outright. Going by my current phone plan i-Value for ₩54,000/mnth you'll get 300 minutes of calling, 300 messages and unlimited internet, while the handset will only cost you ₩212,000 or about ₩8,000 a month over the course of a 2 year contract.
BUT wait - there's more! KT will let you trade in your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and give a further discount on the price of the handset:
Trading in your iPhone 3GS will net you a discount of between ₩100 - ₩150,000 depending on the capacity and the iPhone 4 will net you a discount of up to ₩210,000! Meaning for some customers upgrading to the iPhone 4S is practically free!
If you are in the neighborhood, yours truly, The Chosun Bimbo wil be ay KT's Gwanhwamun Global store tomorrow morning between 7:30 - 9:30am demonstrating Siri (in English) at KT's launch event. There will be balloons, geeks, girls in short skirts dancing to loud obnoxious music and there might even be snacks!
A big thanks to my source for the peek - the views expressed here have nothing to do with KT and they're not paying me. Although if they'd like to give me a free iPhone I'll say pretty much anything. Especially if it's against dirty ol' SK telecom. Boo!