iPhone 4S hands-on video shows fast benchmarks and "Raise to Speak" for Siri

A video purportedly showing the iPhone 4S in action reveals a new "Raise to Speak" feature for Siri, letting users bring the iPhone up to their ear instead of holding down the home button in order to active the feature. The video also reveals benchmarks showing the iPhone 4S to be about twice as powerful as the iPhone 4.

Early Sunspider marks show a total score of 2222.1ms and a BrowserMark score of 89567. For comparison, it appears that the BrowserMark score for an iPhone 4 running iOS 5 is44856, so the new iPhone 4S benches twice as fast in the browser.

Additional features found in the video show more options for Siri, including language selection settings, voice feedback, user information and the ability to turn off the service system-wide.

These benchmarks are in-line with Apple's suggestion of the iPhone 4S being roughly twice as powerful as the iPhone 4 with its new A5 SoC powering the device.

Source: AppVV via MacRumors

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iPhone 4S hands-on video shows fast benchmarks and "Raise to Speak" for Siri


It's only on the iPhone 4S, although it would be very nice to see it on the iPad 2, since that also has the A5 dual-core processor chip.

Siri was originally developed for iOS 3 and up devices. Apple is holding back because it is probably the only real reason to upgrade frop iP4 to iP4s.

Siri means "buttock" in Japanese. IPhone 4S owners = buttheads?
PS: I have a White 64 on order. Can't wait!

You could, but putting the phone up to your ear did not activate it.
(Though I'll probably be using Activator to set swipe up from bottom as the trigger for Siri, seems the fastest and most intuitive)

So overall what do these bench marks mean? Are they looking more powerful then say GS2? Or is this something completely different then Quadrant type scores? Thanks. Just curious if we will ever see where this compares to some big android players.

Didn't really understand what he was doing there but i did notice how quick safari pulled up. Now he may have had it pre-loaded but it pulled up almost instantly. That in itself is cool. Maybe the "S" is for speed as well as Siri.

The settings say tap and hold the home button OR move the phone to your year when raise to speak is on. Check the video again.

Is the performance increase cause its running the A5 chip and safari 5 ? I wonder what the scorea for the iphone 4 running IOS 5

Iphone 4 running IOS4.2 scored 32,375 and with IOS 5 it scores 50,000 so it has alot to do with the improved browser in IOS5