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No iPhone 5? Apple Shows Off New iPhone 4S

File photo. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple, Inc., announced its new iPhone Tuesday -- a powerful updated model called the iPhone 4S, but a disappointment to investors and the tech world because it wasn't a completely-new iPhone 5 people had come to expect.

Apple stock, which had been up on a down day, dropped 3.5 percent as the product rollout went on at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. -- regardless of the fact the 4S had many of the features rumored to be in an iPhone 5.

On the outside, the 4S was similar to the phone Apple has been selling for more than a year, but with a new A5 processor and dual-core graphics, Apple said it would be up to seven times faster than its predecessor. With both GSM and CDMA transmitters, it will be a phone that can be used in most countries around the world.

Perhaps the most striking new feature was called Assistant -- software that allows an iPhone user to work the apps in the phone by talking to it. As demonstrated by Apple, it can give you voice directions to the most highly-rated restaurants near you, help you exchange money if you're abroad, or set an alarm to wake you in the morning, all without the user having to enter any information manually.

This kind of intelligence is something that has been hard to package in a consumer device. The software, developed by an Apple subsidiary called Siri, understands spoken nuances -- so that if one asks it, "What is the weather like today?" or "Do I need a raincoat?" it will come back with the same, correct, answer.

The company said the phone has a powerful camera, capable of shooting still pictures in dim light with an f/2.4 lens, and 1080p high-definition video with automatic stabilization.

Prices for the iPhone 4S ranged from $199 with 16 GB of memory to $399 with 64 GB. It will come in a black or white case. An earlier model, the iPhone 3GS, will now be free with a cellphone contract. The new lineup, Apple said, will be available Oct. 14.

Presiding over the announcement was Tim Cook, Apple's new CEO and Steve Jobs' chosen successor. "I love Apple," he said. "I am very excited about this new role."

Some other products included:

  • iOS5, a new operating system for iPads and iPhones. It has 200 new features, Cook said. He highlighted 10 updated apps, such as Camera, which allows one to zoom in on a subject in a picture by pinching the picture on one's touch screen.
  • Twitter will integrate into the operating system. Once you log onto your Apple device, Cook said, you'll have logged onto Twitter as well, so users can tweet photos, videos and locations seamlessly.
  • A new app called Find My Friends shows you if your kids, carrying iPhones, made it to school or exactly where your buddies are at the beach. It comes with privacy and parental controls, just one of the features of iCloud. iCloud stores music, photos, books and apps and syncs them across all your Apple devices automatically and wirelessly. The free service comes with 5GB of free storage.
  • Cards, a new mobile app for an iPhone or iPad allows users to write messages to friends or loved ones, transmit the wirelessly and have them printed on high-quality paper for delivery through old-fashioned mail. Price: $2.99 per card in the United States. The app itself, for download after Oct. 12, will be free.

It was the first major product announcement Apple has made since Jobs, its co-founder and one of the great technological innovators of recent decades, stepped down as Apple's CEO. Jobs announced in August that his health would force him to hand off day-to-day leadership. He remains the company's chairman.  

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Report: Sprint to ‘Bet the Company’ on New iPhone

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid the frantic rumors in advance of Apple’s Tuesday announcement of its new iPhone, there’s this from The Wall Street Journal: that Sprint, the No. 3 cellular provider in America, is all but betting on the company offering the iPhone to customers.

According to the Journal, Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, told his board the company “would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years — a commitment of $20 billion at current rates — whether or not it could find people to buy them, according to people familiar with the matter.”

That would mean Sprint would, at best, not break even on the deal until 2014, said the Journal. But the company may have no choice. It has been sinking for five years. Not being able to offer the iPhone is “the No. 1 reason customers leave or switch,” Hesse said at an industry conference in September.

Sprint Nextel trudges along behind market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T — and AT&T is trying to merge with T-Mobile, the No. 4 company. The iPhone could make a big difference. Bill Choi, an analyst for Janney Capital Markets, was quoted Monday as saying that Apple could ship 107 million iPhones next year.

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Report: Facebook to (Finally) Launch iPad App

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- It may be hard to believe, but Facebook still doesn’t have an official iPad app. But that, it appears, is about to change.

Mashable reports Facebook will launch its long-awaited iPad app at Apple’s Oct. 4 event -- the same day Apple is expected to unveil its fifth generation iPhone, or iPhone 5. Facebook is also expected to debut a revamped iPhone app, Mashable says.

Facebook declined ABC News' request for comment; Apple did not immediately respond.

Apple issued an advisory to the media on Tuesday for a "special event" at the company’s headquarters. The headline on the email: “Let’s talk iPhone.”

Apple introduced its first generation iPad in January 2010; iPad 2 launched in March of this year.

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Apple: 'Let's Talk iPhone' on Oct. 4

Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple fans, mark your calendars. The event you’ve been waiting on for months finally has a date.

On Tuesday, the Cupertino, California-based company issued an advisory to the media for a “special event” taking place Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the company’s headquarters.

The headline on the email: “Let’s talk iPhone.”

It has been widely speculated for some time that Apple would unveil its fifth-generation iPhone – or iPhone 5 – at some point during mid-to-late year 2011.

On Aug. 24, after several years of failing health, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down from his role as the company's chief executive officer, writing in a letter to the company's board of directors that he could no longer meet the demands that the role required.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectation as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs said.  "Unfortunately, that day has come."

Jobs, however, stayed with the company, becoming the chairman of the board of directors; the former chief operating officer, Tim Cook, was named as Jobs' successor.

It is unclear whether Jobs will appear at the Oct. 4 event.

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'PaperPhone': Cellphone of the Future?

Courtesy of Human Media Lab, Queen's University, Canada(NEW YORK) -- Tired of cracking the glass on your smartphone screen? Or carrying around the extra weight in your pocket? If a team of computer researchers is right, your future cellphone will be as thin, light and flexible as a sheet of paper.

At a computing conference next week, Roel Vertegaal, associate professor of computer science and director of the Human Media Lab at Quee's University in Ontario, Canada, will officially unveil the "PaperPhone."

Developed with help from researchers at Arizona State University, the prototype of what the researchers call a "flexible iPhone" is made of super-thin, ultra-light bendable film, but makes calls, stores books and plays music.

"This is not a maybe. This is a definite," said Vertegaal. "This is what your phone will look like."

Like Amazon's Kindle e-reader, the PaperPhone uses electronic ink to display content. But instead of using glass, the PaperPhone relies on high-tech bendable plastic material developed at ASU's Flexible Display Center.

The futuristic phone is about as thin as a credit card (but more flexible), less than one-sixth the weight of an iPhone 4 and has a 3.7-inch diagonal screen. Not only is it easy to hold, Vertegaal said, the durable material is better for the environment.

But some features still need work. And then there's the price -- the current PaperPhone prototype cost $7,000-$10,000 to make, he said. But Vertegaal emphasized that the point of the prototype is to demonstrate the possibility and the different ways of interacting with a smartphone or computer, not necessarily make a commercially viable product...yet.

In the next five to 10 years, he said he believes that the flexible interactive display will move from the lab to the mainstream, as smaller smartphones, computing devices and readers.

"This is definitely going to replace the iPhone, there's no doubt about that," he said. "But it only happens when Apple thinks it can make a profit."

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