Apple's iPhone 4S is now available to AT&T, Verizon and (for the first time) Sprint subscribers. While the new model looks a lot like the iPhone 4 from the outside, a dual-core A5 processor will make it run a lot faster. Furthermore, a new, second antenna will improve voice quality and provide for better Internet and video connections. And don't forget about new features like the 8-megapixel sensor, which makes the 4S a state-of-the-art digital camera.
As the iPhone 4S is all about what is on the inside, download these five apps and games to understand how powerful the device really is.
Skype (iPhone, iPod Touch Free)
Many loyal subscribers to this virtually free video chatting service find its quality to be limited on smartphones. Good news! The new antenna and A5 chip -- which increases video processing speeds -- will result in a dramatically improved Skype experience on the iPhone 4S. The app connects you with other iPhone users as well as those accessing Skype on PCs and Macs. Users can effortlessly place video calls across Wi-Fi and 3G connections. For 3G calling, check your carrier plan to learn about the most cost-effective option. In a nutshell, if you were not impressed with how Skype performed on the iPhone 4, give it another chance on the 4S. You will like what you see (and hear).
Real Racing 2 (iPhone, iPod Touch $4.99)
If you're looking for a game to show off the added gears of the iPhone 4S, Real Racing 2 is the one. The game is a massive hit on the iPad 2, which also boasts an A5 chip. Developer Firemint plans to roll out an upgrade to Real Racing 2 specific to iPhone 4S users that will involve improved graphics and a new gameplay mode called Party Play. With Party Play, up to four users playing the game from either an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 can race head-to-head on a TV screen through the use of Apple's AirPlay Mirroring. Start your engines!
Camera+ (iPhone, iPod Touch $0.99)
With an 8-megapixel sensor, the iPhone 4S becomes a real camera and not just a smartphone capable of taking point-and-shoot still photographs. But don't just rely on the phone's pre-installed Camera app to get the full picture. Camera+ is a great way to add filters, digital zoom and focus capabilities to the pictures that you take. If you're looking for more of a retro feel with your photos, try downloading Hipstamatic ($1.99), which Apple declared the best iPhone app of 2010.
Pocket Legends (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Free)
Pocket Legends is basically World of Warcraft for the iPhone. The multiplayer game has a community of more than two million players worldwide. So a game that is all about making connections will benefit from a better and more reliable cellular connection. Expect multiplayer titles in general to take advantage of the iPhone 4S, as more players previously frustrated by poor performance will join the fun. Other multiplayer games you will want to tap into on the iPhone 4S are Zynga's Words with Friends ($1.99 or Free) and the real-time strategy title Armada -- Galactic War Online (Free).
iMovie (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch $4.99)
Apple's mobile movie editing suite gets new life on the iPhone 4S thanks to the 1080p HD video capabilities the device offers. Aspiring filmmakers and amateurs alike have been able to run iMovie on mobile devices since the iPad 2 debuted last March. The video processing power of the A5 chip will have most of us leaving our camcorders at home. And if watching rather than creating movies is more your bag, check out Netflix, Crackle and Hulu Plus on the iPhone 4S. All require a subscription but can be downloaded for free.