The first official iPhone 4S reviews from journalists all over the web have hit. Pundits that got their hands on the iPhone 4S at Apple’s last event have dished on everything you need to know about Apple’s latest smartphone.

Jump the break for a roundup…

Walt Mossberg for AllThingsD:

“Sometimes, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. While Apple’s latest iPhone doesn’t look different, and may not be the kind of blockbuster people expect from the late Steve Jobs’s company, it thinks different, to quote one of Apple’s old ad slogans. Inside its familiar-looking body there lurks a nascent artificial-intelligence system that has to be tried to be believed.”

MG Siegler for TechCrunch:

“I’m happy that Apple decided not to change the form factor even though they had to know there would be some backlash from a certain segment of the population (read: idiots). Instead, Apple focused on the other thing they do best: refining already great products to make them better. The iPhone 4 was a great product. The best smartphone ever made. Now it cedes that title to the iPhone 4S.”

Joshua Topolsky for This is my next:

“The iPhone 4S is a great device for some, but what if you’re thinking of upgrading from an iPhone 4? That’s a tougher call. The phone is faster, to be sure, and has an amazing camera. And of course, you can’t get Siri unless you have a 4S… but I just don’t know if any of those reasons are compelling enough to convince previous buyers to upgrade. The concept is a particularly hard sell for Verizon customers. The gap between this year’s model and last year’s model isn’t as wide as Apple would probably like.”

Jim Dalrymple for The Loop:

“You can look at each of the items that Apple will release in conjunction with the iPhone and be amazed with how innovative each one of them are.

When you put them all together in one product like the iPhone 4S, you have an incredibly successful product that other companies just can’t compete with.”

David Pogue for The New York Times:

“The question isn’t what’s in a name — it’s what’s in a phone. And the answer is: “A lot of amazing technology. And some of it feels like magic.”

Jason Snell for Macworld:

“Although the iPhone 4S sports a faster processor and an upgraded camera, the feature that everyone will be talking about is Siri. Siri, which replaces the Voice Control feature introduced with the iPhone 3GS, allows you to speak commands to your phone and have it do your bidding. You even activate Siri the same way as you did Voice Control: by holding down the home button on the iPhone itself, or by holding down the control button on your wired or wireless headset.”

Brian X. Chen for WIRED:

“Apple never specified what the “S” stands for in iPhone 4S, and it may as well stand for Siri.

Sure, the fifth-generation iPhone’s superb camera and speedy dual-core processor are classy additions. But Siri is the reason people should buy this phone.”

Here’s a sweet video of Siri in action from Macworld:

All of these reviews are great. We can’t wait for iPhone 4S to finally arrive on Friday!

  • prplaya42

    wow the siri is not impressive really, so im kinda glad i didn’t get the 4s. i rather wait for iphone 5. but most like it will be on the iPhone 4 because of jailbreakers

  • kyle

    Is there a way Gevey iPhone 4 users can enjoy iOS 5 please?

    • Jack f

      Yea but use snowbreeze to perserve ur bb im running ios 5 gm on simple mobile iphone 4

  • prplaya42

    im sure

  • even apple cannot stop hackers from providing unlock solutions for iOS 5 and even iPhone 4s and iPhone 5, i think its just a matter of time ..

  • Gayle

    Well, good gracious. The “S” stands for Steve. Duh!

    • iYaSeeN

      NO…. “S” stands for SEVEN-UP “7-up”… or “Sebastian” LOOOOL

  • or speed or siri

  • Soto

    It stands for Speed, dumbasses.

    • Will

      Lol … Good one . I was thinking the same thing

  • Mac

    that guy on the you tube vedio is an apple
    hater .dude I don’t need your opinion I will
    be an apple fan till I die .screw you and android .

    • Micke

      Of course he’s an Apple hater, that’s why he’s the editorial director at MacWorld. Check the facts before you start ranting.

  • Dusean

    Get this, in Sydney australia, lmao….. Samsung put up a temporary store right next to a Apple , in order to lure customers away by selling the galaxy s2 for $2 , that’s right, a thirsty $2, LMFAO, sad

    • inliferound

      Oh my god, when did this happen? I would so go down and get one! I’ve been wanting to give the SII a try!

    • Lmao @ a thirsty $2

    • Lmao a thirsty $2. Im hella weak lol

  • javi

    anybody else notice the “iphone 4 ASS” when testing the dictation in the notes app?

  • joker

    ahah iphone 4 ass. “exactly” what u wanted to say. epic fail

  • inliferound

    “I need to make some videos about the iPhone 4 ass”..! Freudian slip by Siri?

  • iP4s stands for IPray4Steve !! 😀 Big shout out to my mate Jeff and check out my video for Pray!

    • Boogiepop


  • @Max_Kas

    Is it just me or are some people just trying to convince themselves that’s its better they didn’t upgrade to make themselves feel better? (commenters)

    • wfma

      It is better not to upgrade, in my opinion…….u goona be so lonely talking to Siri all the time or u lost u fingers to touch? In fact touch is a more natural way of interaction

  • shisio

    you just proved his point exactly. gonna be so lonely? where you getting that from your arse? Siri is used for when you are too occupied to use the phone, a good example is that in the car while driving you can send and read messages without endangering yourself. If you don’t wanna upgrade, don’t justify it to make you feel good. It is a new and improved phone and that is that.

  • Is there an official date yet when this will hit the stores?

  • Binary-Stalker

    When he first showed dictation off, it recognized iPhone 4S as ‘iPhone 4 ass’.


  • James

    I’m still waiting for iPhone 6.

  • nicodemus3d

    Will Siri let you launch app-store apps? Like “Launch Spotify. Play Summer playlist”

  • je

    Siri seems so tedious the novelty would wear off quickly. It does seem very well done for what it does though.

  • Overall, the iPhone 4S is a good upgrade to a very good phone. It retains the stylish design of the iPhone 4 and gives it a substantial boost. It’s certainly not cheap when you consider some of the alternatives but it feels like a luxury product and it’s an absolute joy to use. If you own the iPhone 4, then whether you upgrade or not depends on how tempted you are by Siri and the new camera. The upgrades in iOS 5 might be enough for iPhone 4 owners. 3GS owners should be in the queue already.