The iPhone 4S Is Twice As Fast As The iPhone 4, And Siri Has Raise To Speak [Video]

We’d have been more interested in this a couple of weeks ago, but the guys over at AppV managed to get their hands on a new iPhone 4S and have done a short video walkthrough of the device, demonstrating the Siri settings interface which allows you to turn voice control on and off, change your Language Settings, adjust Voice Feedback and enable Raise to Speak mode. That’s a new revelation: although Apple’s Siri promo videos hinted at it, this is the first time I recall an accelerometer controlled “Raise to Speak” mode confirmed.

There’s also an early benchmark of Mobile Safari, which proves that the iPhone 4S renders pages about twice as fast as the iPhone 4, which was already pretty much the fastest web browsing experience on the block. The ‘S’ in iPhone 4S does stand for speed, after all.

[via MacRumors]

  • Shipeep

    “Raise to Speak” sounds interesting, I’ve never heard about that before. After watching that video I’m a little more excited about my iPhone 4S pre-order and playing with iOS 5 finally.

  • Rocco

    iOS5 on iPhone 4 gives a Browserbenchmark of 50366.

  • Hothotpenny

    Would really like to watch this vid….if only it would play on an iOS device! C’mon COM, get your head’s out of yer asses.

  • John Branham

    what IS raise to speak?

  • Bogie635

    The “Raise to Speak” function is unlikely to be accelerometer controlled. More likely is that the proximity sensor detects when your ear is against the phone, activating listen mode.

  • fidelisimo

    Next time, it might be helpful when writing an article about a new iOS featurel to give a brief summary of what the feature is, what it does, etc.. I have no idea what “Raise to Speak” is and have googled it and can’t find any mention. What is it? You shouldn’t assume everyone knows what “Raise to Speak” is.

  • Reydawg55

    It would be really to be able to actually see the video from an iPhone. It’s not showing.

  • baby_Twitty

    U can click on the macrumors link, the vid there will play on iOS devices.

  • Gelo Baccobonoga

    you must raise the phone before you speak..  that’s what it means

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