Fixit, known for their gadget teardowns, has begun selling Transparent Rear Panels for your iPhone 4S. Why would you want to replace the glass-back of your iPhone and expose its innards for all to see, you ask? Well because you can! Installation is extremely easy, and all you need is a Pentalobe P2 screwdriver. Price? $29.99 a pop. If you’re interested in one of these mods, you will have to wait a bit as they’re currently sold out. The good news though is that iFixit is making more as fast as they can, and you can leave your email via the “Notify Me” button to get notification once it becomes available again. For iPhone 4 owners (GSM/AT&T), the rear panels have been out for a good 6 months now, and also go for $29.99. If a see through rear doesn’t quite turn you on, check out Material6’s fine wooden panel replacement. iFixit’s install video after the break.
Siri can help you do a number of things on the iPhone 4S, but did you know that it can remotely control your car as well? Well, it’ll take some work and programming skills, but developer Brandon Fiquett has found a way for Siri to communicate with his Acura. The hack requires coding in Ruby and PHP and the Viper SmartStart system. As Fiquett explains it:
OmniFocus, the greatest Getting Things Done system ever created, was updated earlier today and the robust iPhone app now supports Siri, your favorite virtual assistant. Using something the Omni Group calls “iCloud Capture”, Omnifocus imports Reminder data from your iCloud account and into your Omnifocus inbox. It’s something of a workaround as the data isn’t transfered seamlessly (i.e in the background), and you’ll have to manually open the OF app before anything gets moved into your inbox. Still, it’s definitely a great start for iPhone 4S owners who rely heavily on the Omnifocus platform. More info after the gap, along with demo videos by David “MacSparky” Sparks showing you how this newly minted union all works.
The Omni Group, OmniFocus for iPhone, – $19.99
Apple has announced today that the iPhone 4S has sold over four million units in just three days since its October 14th launch date. The newly released iOS 5 has also been popular, with more than 25 million iDevice users having installed it since Oct 12th.
“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”
It appears the initial disappoint of Apple not releasing the iPhone 5 this year has all but dissipated, as buyers are embracing the 8MP camera, dual core A5 processor and Siri. Full press release after the gap.
One of the iPhone 4S’ selling features is the improved 8MP camera, which was recently confirmed to be made by Sony. But how much better is it than that of the iPhone 4? According to PC World, about 7 points out of a 100 (81 vs 74.6). Using the very capable Nikon Coolpix p300 as a control subject, and the likes of the Galaxy S II and MyTouch Slide 4G, the iPhone 4S performed very well, though it wasn’t quite top dog when it came to overall still-image quality scores.
The iPhone 4S officially launches on October 14th and reviews from around the web have started to roll in. While many were disappointed that there was no iPhone 5 at the unveiling over a week ago, the fact of the matter is it’s what’s on the inside that counts most. And there’s certainly lots to like about the new iPhone – the noticeably faster A5 processor, the much improved camera, and of course, Siri, the amazingly talented AI driven personal assistant.
By now, you’ve probably seen Apple’s promo video of the iPhone 4S’ Siri in action (if you haven’t, you can find it below). But how well does it work in real life, when there’s background noise and chatter. Pretty darn well it seems, as demonstrated by StuffTv in the youtube embed above. Siri’s able to “comprehend” essentially everything thrown its way and at surprisingly quick speeds. Who wants an iPhone 4S now simply because of this wickedly cool feature?