iPhone bummer: What happened to iPhone 5?

After months of waiting and speculation, the new iPhone 4S is here. A day after the big announcement, the question many Apple fans are asking is: do I need to upgrade right away?

Disappointment after announcement

The biggest news, which surprised and disappointed many people Tuesday, is that it's not the iPhone 5, but rather an improved iPhone 4.

Despite all the rumors and "sneak peek" photos posted online, it will not be a super thin model, reminiscent of the iPod touch. Maybe next time.

And it will not have an aluminum back, teardrop shape or holographic keyboard, despite all the rumors online.

Already, tech websites are speculating all that will come with the next iPhone, which should be the 5, sometime next year. This leads to the question: should you upgrade now, or hold off a year?

Some big advances

While its appearance is not groundbreaking,  the new iPhone 4S will have:

  • Improved software making it seven times faster
  • A much better camera
  • A stronger antenna, with none of the touch sensitivity problems of the old one.
  • Voice recognition software, perhaps the biggest advancement: you will be able to ask the phone what the weather will be like today, and a voice will answer if it will be sunny or rainy.

New lower prices

But perhaps the best news is the lower prices on the entire line.

  • The new 4S will sell for $199 with a two-year contract
  • Last year's iPhone 4 will drop to just $99, with a contract
  • If you don't mind the older iPhone 3GS, it will be free with a contract

Sprint to sell new phone

Sprint customers will be happy to know that Sprint will now offer the iPhone, too. It will also offer an unlimited data plan, something Verizon and AT&T no longer have.

All this excitement comes to an AT&T, Verizon or Sprint store Friday Oct. 14. Despite the initial disappointment, lines will be forming hours before the stores open.

It appears Apple did not "hit it out of the park" as many had hoped for. You just have to decide if it is worth buying now, for the voice recognition feature or if you want to hold off another year.

As always, don't waste your money.
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