The iPhone 4S is arguably the most popular version of the iPhone released thus far. Yet, as any tech junkie would tell you, nothing is perfect. The iPhone 4 got off to an infamous start last year when it was discovered that there was an antenna issue that caused dropped calls and endless user complaints. On the plus side, the iPhone 4S does not feature these sort of problems. There are basically two types of complaints thus far: hardware based complaints and software based complaints. Now at the end of the day, hardware issues will become less important because frankly these cannot be addressed at this stage. On the other hand, software related issues can and should be addressed.
First, the hardware issues. The initial complaints focused on the fact that Apple did not radically redesign the iPhone 4S, instead it used the same design and revamped the hardware. Now this did not exactly appeal to most hardcore iPhone fanatics but in reality this made sense because it means that accessories bought over the course of the last year (for the iPhone 4) are not compatible for the iPhone 4S as well. In addition, it means that Apple has more time to experiment with more radical designs and still-immature materials. Another complaint was that the hardware specs do not exactly measure up to those released by Apple’s arch-rival Android, especially Samsung’s Galaxy S2.
Now on the software side, as soon as iOS 5 was released many complained that they could not download it properly but this was because the high level of demand put a lot of stress on Apple’s servers. Secondly, the iPhone 4S’ personal assistant Siri seems to be getting overwhelmed at certain times when there is a surge in user activity. This is because Siri is linked to a remote server that helps it perform some of its core actions. When there is too much activity resulting from the use of millions of users, Siri’s performance stalls.