Why The iPhone 4S Is Anything But Dissapointing

Why The iPhone 4S Is Anything But Dissapointing

Many were disappointed at Apple’s release of the iPhone 4S yesterday, not because it wasn’t good enough, fast enough, or didn’t contain awesome new features, but because it didn’t come with a complete redesign and wasn’t called the iPhone 5.

While I can understand slight disappointment that the iPhone 4S didn’t include a slightly larger screen than the iPhone 4, I’m truly puzzled by the number of people who are so disappointed that they say they won’t purchase the new device.

A poll by Mashable suggests that over 59% of people are disappointed at the lack of an iPhone 5, our own poll suggests that only 40% of people are planning on upgrading to the iPhone 4S, and media reports, such as this one from Yahoo News, calling Apple’s announcement “disappointing.”

In my opinion, the iPhone 4S announcement was anything but disappointing, and here are a few reasons why:

What’s in a name?

For all intents and purposes, the iPhone 4S is the iPhone 5 that everyone was expecting. It includes a significantly improved 8mp camera that can shoot 1080p video, gained the awesome A5 processor which boosts its performance by double, and delivers up to 7 times the graphics performance, and features the amazing new Siri personal assistant technology.

The only thing different from the iPhone 4S and the rumored iPhone 5 are the lack of a gesture-sensitive home button (which I’m not sure would have been that great anyway), and a slightly different shape. It’s the same amazing technology the iPhone 5 crowd has been drooling over for months!


If the dramatically improved performance and amazing new camera aren’t enough for you, Siri should be. Siri is possibly the single biggest advancement that has come to the iPhone in recent years.

The ability to talk to your phone in normal sentences, pull up any piece of information, schedule appointments, make phone calls, set proximity-based alarms (so you don’t leave your wallet at home), control your entire music playlist and more, all with only the sound of your voice is nothing short of amazing, and will change the way people use their phones.

World Phone, New Carriers

The iPhone 4S is also a world phone, and is available on numerous new carriers, including KDDI in Japan and Sprint in the US. Despite the fact that Apple just made the iPhone accessible to a lot more people, the fact that a single model of the iPhone 4S can connect to either major type of cellular network is extremely significant, especially for those who frequently travel.

Full AirPlay Mirroring

The iPhone s will be able to wirelessly stream HD content to an HDTV through the Apple TV, and will be able to connect to any HDTV using Apple’s Digital AV Adapter, which means you can now give presentations, watch movies, play console-quality games on your HDTV, hook up to a projector, and more, all with a device that you can carry in your pocket. The business, entertainment, and productivity implications of this feature alone are staggering.

Improving On Greatness

The iPhone 4 was already an impressive device, featuring a solid camera, excellent performance across the spectrum, a gorgeous high-resolution Retina display, a GPS, a digital compas, and so much more. The fact that Apple was able to take a device that is already great and make it far, far better is extremely impressive! It’s remarkable to me how anyone who was excited for the iPhone 4 could look at the 4S and call it “underwhelming” or “not good enough.”


The iPhone 4S is more than meets the eye – it packs impressive performance increases, a cool and revolutionary new personal assistant feature, a dramatically improved camera, the ability to steam content to an HDTV, all into a device that was already quite impressive in the first place.

If you’re so disappointed that Apple didn’t release a flashy new design or include a slightly larger screen that you aren’t able to notice and give credit for all the amazing improvements that Apple did make to the iPhone 4S, perhaps you should re-evaluate your reasons for buying a smart phone.

The iPhone 4S is every bit as impressive as the rumored iPhone 5, and the fact that it comes in a slightly different shape than you expected shouldn’t downplay the fact that it is an impressive new phone that provides significant and even revolutionary improvements to the iPhone 4. I rest my case.

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Kenny_bandit79 says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    Yeah. Small 3.5′ screen, no AMOLED, no 4G, no NFC, no iOS redesign, no phone redesign. If this was the iPhone 5, it would have been named iPhone Vista. However, when named 4S, it shows up as a higly valuable “update” of the original specs. People that were hoping a new version are disappointed. Those who were looking a better iPhone 4 could not be more happy. The 4S is way better than the 4, regarding to the internal specifications. But it’s not how the so-called “rest of us” think.

    1. Joeblow says:


  4. Guest says:

    I don’t disagree that the features unveiled are quite an accomplishment. However, I find it incredibly puzzling that they did not increase the screen size. The public demand was definitely there, almost begging for a larger screen. Typically Apple is AHEAD of the curve, not scrambling to keep up. (or in this case purposefully missing the boat entirely) I think they missed a golden opportunity to accquire first time buyers who have been waiting for a larger device. The device is still amazing, and I’m sure will produce incredible revenue. Who knows, I’m sure they have their reasons, if for nothing else than to keep us Apple loyals hoping for the next big thing.

    1. Anonymous says:

      While some people have loudly expressed the desire for a larger screen (I wouldn’t mind it myself), it is not at all certain that a vast number of customers desire it.

      A larger screen would either have less resolution (by keeping the raster the same, but with slightly lower pixel density), or would fragment the product line by introducing more pixels which would make a lot of work for developers, and create a substandard experience when using legacy apps.

      There is no way that I’d forgo iOS just to use a slightly larger phone (as is available from the competition). I suspect most iPhone owners feel the same way, and Apple knows this. Apple has had great success with a very focussed product line, and does not try to meet everyone’s needs or wants.  This, of course, offends those whose wish lists aren’t fulfilled.

  5. Jrpd373 says:

    Not mad about the features, I’m just mad that they delayed the release for a modified 4 instead of a 5. I know the phone is better, but still no 4G, and still the same screen size. It seems like they just fixed the shortcomings of the 4 to begin with. Like the antenna problem, and the short battery life. This should have been the iPhone 4. Now I know what apple will do. If us being mad about the 4s are in the minority then apple’s stock wouldn’t have dropped, and the polls would show a favorable reception of the 4s.

  6. Michael S. says:

    I’m sick of hearing about the iPhone needing a bigger screen!  It’s not going to happen!  There are around 400,000 apps dedicated to the current iPhone screen.  If Apple makes the smallest change to the screen size, those 400,000 apps won’t look right.  It won’t be as bad as iPhone apps on the iPad, but it will be awkward.  It will either be more pixely, or there will be a black “edge/gap” around each app.  No thanks!  
    I’m thankful it stayed the same and that it’s consistent.  The apps will still look good and we won’t have a fragmentation problem like every Android phone!  

  7. @QaddisMalti says:

    I m with you well said

  8. @QaddisMalti says:

    Who needs a bigger screen when you have Siri. Should do a poll…

  9. Anonymous says:

    What did people expect?
    An iPhone that was half the thickness, had 4G, NFC, a bigger screen, be lighter,
    but still have better battery capacity, GPU, CPU, having the same pixel density and being sold at he same price point?

    iPhone 4S Is great! Fantastic screen, a size that fits your pocket (not like those mini tablets, 4,5 inch ones). A super camera, and its internals are better than the iPad 2!

  10. Nagem67 says:

    Could it be that the 4s is a precursor to an iphone5 introduction next year?? I seem to remember something similar when the 3GS came out. Seeing I’m using a 3GS I’m looking forward to upgrading to the 4s. Thanks apple 🙂

  11. scott says:

    In my opinion, people (aka, those new to the world of Apple) haven’t realized that not every Apple product release is revolutionary. They’re USUALLY evolutionary, some of them quite boringly so.

    I think the perception of widespread demand for larger screens is somewhat inaccurate. I think the geeks of the world want them, and they’re the ones posting on the internet. Clearly the average person doesn’t care, hence the record numbers of iPhone 4’s being sold. iPhone 4S will continue to sell as well, IMO.

    It’s all about expectations, and those expectations are being set by, and held by, people who really don’t know how Apple works and clearly haven’t been paying attention for the past few years.

  12. Ictus75 says:

    People are disappointed because the media clowns hyped up the iPhone 5 so much, that when it didn’ t appear, the 4S seemed like something less. Apple never promised the 5, and the 4S is so much more. People need to get over their false expectations…

  13. for people who don’t have carrier-agreements then 600-800$ to buy an unlocked (if there is one!) iphone4s, doesn’t deserve it especially if they already have an iphone 4

  14. ow and many people (especially females), hate the rectangular design and they were hoping for the tear-drop, thinner form-factor. So all those first time female buyers and female iphone 3g/s users are certainly disappointed.

  15. Besides all pro-comments being totally right, I think there’s another point we are missing here.
    I think they give value to costumers who already own an iPhone 4, by not actually changing it visually. The same happens with cars. If your car seems old a year later you will be disappointed of the brand. Sure they could have made an iPhone5 that looks like the iPad2, but one year of span is just too fast for many people to see they are racing to make your current iPhone old.

  16. Anonymous says:

    ah, a rational person!

    but you forget the web is packed with professional whiners, nit-pickers, boo-birds, and gadget-besotted adolescents of all ages.

    remember “antennagate”? and what a massive impact it had on iPhone 4 sales (not)?

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