New iPhone, iPods coming next week

Posted October 4, 2011

— Apple Inc. unveiled a faster, more powerful iPhone on Tuesday in its first major product event in years without Steve Jobs presiding.

New CEO Tim Cook led the show after Jobs, who has been battling health problems, resigned from the post in August.

Cook, wearing a navy blue button-down shirt and jeans, opened by calling his nearly 14-year tenure at Apple "the privilege of a lifetime." Those in the audience clapped as he entered, but the reaction seemed more muted than what Jobs had recently received.

Cook said the latest iPhone, which came out in June 2010, sold more quickly than previous models, but the iPhone still has just 5 percent of the worldwide handset market.

Apple will take pre-orders for the new model on Friday. Handsets will be available a week later, Oct. 14, for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T customers. The iPhone 4S will cost $199 for the 16 gigabyte version, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB.

The new iPhone 4S has an improved camera with a higher-resolution sensor. The processor is faster, which helps run smoother, more realistic action games. It's also a "world phone," which means that Verizon iPhones will be able to useable overseas, just as AT&T iPhones already are.

Apple is including a "personal assistant" application called Siri, which responds to spoken questions and commands such as "Do I need an umbrella today?" It's an advanced version of speech-recognition apps found on other phones.

The new iPhone also comes with new mobile software, iOS 5, that includes such features as the ability to sync content wirelessly, without having to plug the device to a Mac or Windows machine.

IOS 5 will also be available on Oct. 12 for existing devices — the iPhone 4 and 3GS, both iPad models and later versions of the iPod Touch.

Apple said Oct. 12 will also mark the launch of its new iCloud service, which will store content such as music, documents, apps and photos on Apple's servers and let people access them wirelessly on numerous devices.

Apple also touted the popularity of its products and unveiled a new line of iPods, including a Nano model with a multi-touch display that promises to be easier to navigate. Apple made no mention of its Classic model, which many people had speculated the company might discontinue.

The event took place in Apple's Town Hall room, where the first iPod was launched a decade ago. Cook said Apple has sold more than 300 million iPods worldwide so far, including 45 million in the 12 months through June.

The iPhone came six years later and has gained millions of fans, thanks to its slick looks, high-resolution screen and intuitive software. There were 39 million iPhones sold in the first six months of this year.

Apple's stock fell $11.76, or 3.1 percent, to $362.84 in afternoon trading Tuesday.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Scuro Oct 4, 2011

    I'm a bit annoyed at WRAL for the misinformation on the free 4s. I did not believe it at first and was correct to not.

    I called AT&T, with a 2 year contract you get the iPhone4s for $199. Regular pricing. No free phone (since when would Apple do this?). I hope that WRAL will correct this, because I seriously got my hopes up on that one.

  • bfortyme Oct 4, 2011

    The iphone 4 will be priced at $99.00. Not a re-furbished iphone 4 but a new iphone 4. The re-furbished iphone 4 will probably be priced between the iphone 3s and iphone 4 - $19 - $49.00.

  • smack Oct 4, 2011

    cliftonshaun- why would that be incorrect? that's exactly what the iphone is priced at currently. they'll probably drop the price of the iphone4 and then price the 4s at those prices.

  • bfortyme Oct 4, 2011

    Correction for WRAL reporting:
    iphone3s is free with a 2 year contract.
    iphone4s is $199 for 16 gig, $299 for 32 gig, and $399 for 64 gig.

    Apple makes a quality product. Expensive. Yes. Reliable. Yes

  • righthere1234 Oct 4, 2011

    To each their own. I'm more than happy with my iPhone 4. This will probably be the first time I keep a phone the entire 2 years and not do an early upgrade with Verizon. I think I can be patient and wait to see what's out in 2012 when I can get a new phone.

  • Notwithstanding Oct 4, 2011

    "The iPhone 4S will be free with a two-year contract. Without a contract, phones will cost $199 for the 16 gigabyte version, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB." - Pretty sure this is incorrect.

  • lb27608 Oct 4, 2011

    "Support and warranty by Apple is less than par."

    I've had a very different experience. Wife's iPhone 4, out of warranty, developed a problem with it's home button earlier this year. Took it to the Apple Store @ Southpoint. They confirmed the problem and handed her a brand new one, no questions asked. As far as laptops go, my MacBook Pro did cost more than the three previous PCs I bought, but it's also the most reliable machine I've ever owned. 1.5 years later and I still get 8 hours of battery life on a charge. Throw in the fact that it runs Windows 7 faster than a lot of PCs (when I need it to), and I won't be going back to a PC anytime soon.

  • Titus Pullo Oct 4, 2011

    Seriously, who cares so much about cell phones that it makes this news? This is what we've come to?

  • 007KnightRider Oct 4, 2011

    iPhone 5 comes out next year folks!

    According to Fox News - Sprint scores the iPhone 5 exclusive thanks to 20 billion deal with Apple. Sprint will get the iPhone 5 some time in the first quarter of next year.

  • nathanspooh Oct 4, 2011

    I love my iPhone, 1st gen and 3GS, but I dont love Apple. Support and warranty by Apple is less than par. My 3GS started going nuts near the end of the 12 months, and I let it go just past before calling for assistance. They would not even try to help trouble shoot the problems unless I agreed to pay a fee of $29.99 for a service plan. I finally went to Apple Crabtree and had to make an appointment just to have an employee listen to the problem!!!! It was a failing battery. The battery "replacement" cost me $80. I will never buy an Apple laptop,,,I can imagine paying $1000,,,and the think goes AWOL on day 366 and they could care less.