updated 03:20 am EDT, Sat October 8, 2011
iPhone 4S camera parts support separate flash
The iPhone 4S look was always going to be the same as its predecessor, a number of tipsters gave out late Friday. Pointing to his historically accurate "valuable little birdies," John Gruber understood that a remade shape was "never in the cards." Timing notwithstanding, it was always going to represent an upgrade to the iPhone 4, just as the iPhone 3GS was an update to the 3G.
The only likely concessions to a physical redesign are the antennas. Along with the dual-mode support, the dynamic switching antenna may have been added after Apple faced "antennagate" and wanted to end any qualms with reception.
A pair of sources also added that camera performance really was a genuine focus at Apple. Executives devoted a large amount of time to camera features on stage, but Apple reportedly spent large amounts of effort on cutting back camera lag wherever possible and hadn't just achieved it as a secondary goal. Senior Worldwide Product Marketing VP Phil Schiller joked that the Motorola Droid Bionic's notorious multi-second shot lag was so poor that you could "get coffee" waiting for shots.
The design choices may disappoint those who had expected that a delay meant a complete remake. Many have noted, though, that the physical design likely wouldn't have changed what was inside and would have been new solely for its own sake.