The New York Times “Bits” blog summarizes the good:
. . . [Yesterday] Apple announced a device that on the outside, looks exactly like the iPhone 4. . . . The new iPhone features make it a different phone than its predecessor, the iPhone 4.
Siri, the personal assistant software that will only work with the iPhone 4S, is the closest thing to artificial intelligence that I’ve seen on a phone to date. You can ask Siri to remind you to call someone when you leave the office, find a reservation for a restaurant and text message or call people by name. It can also give you directions based on locations, play music, look up facts and set up meetings with people.
The iPhone 4S camera will also be a big draw for many. With an 8-megapixel camera packed into the phone, people won’t feel the need to carry around their point-and-shoot camera.
And Apple promises the download speeds on the iPhone 4S have doubled the download speeds when connecting to the Internet.