Rejoice, iFans! Apple has officially announced the iPhone 4S, coming soon to a store near you in ten days’ time.
The hotly awaited successor to the iPhone 4 will be landing in store shelves on October 14th in the UK, US, Germany, France and Japan, with more countries to follow soon.
Both black and white versions will be available at launch in three storage options. The 16GB model is on offer from $199, while the 32GB edition is $299 if you’re Stateside. For the first time in the iPhone’s history, there’s also a 64GB model, which will start at $399.
Contract options have yet to be unveiled for the Blighty. However, according to Apple's UK website, SIM free unlocked versions of the iPhone 4S will start from £499, presumably for the 16GB model just as it was for the iPhone 4, with the 32GB edition to go for £599 and the 64GB version for £699.
While nearly identical in design to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S improves upon its predecessor in hardware with a brawny new A5 dual core processor and an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording and image stabilisation.
Battery life, too, has been boosted, now offering eight hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G, six hours of web browsing and nine hours of Wi-Fi.
Elsewhere, the iPhone 4S is home to the latest iOS 5 operating system, which brings more than 200 new features to the platform, including an impressive voice-guided personal assistance developed by Siri and cloud storage via iCloud.
Preorders for the handset will begin on October 7th. To avoid disappointment, register your interest in iPhone 4S deals here.