For the thousands of consumers who bought an iPhone 4 and have recently learned of the new iPhone 4S release but can not buy the new phone as they are still committed to their existing contract there has been some good news.
Apple have just released their new iOS5 software allowing existing iPhone 4 users to update their phone with over 200 new features that will come as standard on the new iPhone 4S.
These include the new iCloud service which is able to sync photos, music, contacts, apps, documents and calendar with any other Apple devices such as the iPad 2 that the user owns, initially on sign up the user is allocated 5GB of space which can be upgraded to 10, 20 or even 50GB directly from their iPhone 4.
Another new service introduced with the iOS5 is iMessage which is very much like the existing Blackberry Messenger service and allows users to share locations, photos and contacts free of charge as well as send free SMS style text messages.
Also included in the update is an upgrade to the existing iPhone 4 camera which increases the speed it takes to capture a picture by using a two touch function on the main home button for instant access even when the phone is locked, no more needing to enter a security code.
Other new features of note include a photo editing suite which acts very much like a mobile Photoshop for cropping, rotating and removing red-eye from pictures, there also the new iTunes Match included free which syncs and stores all of the users music.
The process of upgrading the iPhone 4 with the new iOS5 software is fairly uncomplicated although not quite as easy as an Android update:
Open iTunes software and click 'Check for Updates' in the Menu, you're looking for iTunes 10.5
The user should then plug in their iPhone at which point they will be prompted to download iOS5
Upon clicking 'Download and Update' the user simply needs to follow the on-screen prompts.
Once downloaded, set up an iCloud account and enable the locations services.
Although some of the new features found in the latest iPhone 4S are not included in the update such as the new 'Siri' voice recognition software, users of the iPhone 4 can now enjoy many of the new features in the new phone without having to invest in Apple's latest product.