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October 4, 2011

The Reason for iPhone 4s Launch and Not iPhone 5

Apple introduced the new iPhone today. It's the iPhone 4S.The design is exactly the same. It has an A5 Processor, just like the iPad 2.The chip is 7 times faster graphics than the current iPhone 4 chip. Apple dropped the price down to $199 for the most basic 8 GB model, down from $229. The price drops have hit across the board, with the 32 GB model going for $299 and the hefty 64 GB going for $399.

Apple may not have delivered a big-screen iPhone 5 on Tuesday, but the combination of a more powerful iPhone as well as price cuts to existing models could well make life even more difficult for its rivals. The new iPhone 4S with its faster processor, improved camera and Siri voice control feature will start at $199, when it goes on sale Oct. 14.

Meanwhile, it plans to continue selling an 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 and an 8GB iPhone 3GS for free, with new contracts. Also, the iPhone 4S will be coming to Sprint, meaning Android models will no longer have run of their stores and leaving T-Mobile USA as the only national carrier without an iPhone.

The Camera has been upgraded for greater clarity and sharpness 8MP sensor, 60% more pixels than iPhone 4, can gather 73% more light, so faster to take the picture.With a new 2-year contract, a 16GB iPhone 4S will sell for $199, while the 32GB version will sell for $299 and a 32GB model for $399. Pre-orders start on Friday and the new phone will be available Oct. 14 in US, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.By the end of 2011 iphone4S will be launched  to 70 other countries

There could be a number of reasons why Apple chose to go this route. First, that they're pretty confident of continuing to expand market share. iPhone currently has only 5% of the global smartphone market, but they believe that this device is more than enough to take the fight to the Android upstarts. 

Second - a large part of the whole iPhone experience is in the software (apps) - not really the hardware. Apple already has 5,00,000 apps in the app store (1,40,000 of them specifically for the iPad). Another startling statistic is that these apps have been downloaded 18 Billion times since the App Store's been around.