IPhone 4S gets the Consumer Reports nod but no top spot

Apple’s iPhone 4S has secured the coveted Consumer Reports recommendation in its latest round of updated smartphone ratings. That’s something its predecessor could never achieve, thanks to a loss of cellular signal reception that could be unwittingly caused by gripping the phone a certain way.

How likely is it that Siri comes to other iOS devices?

Apple is apparently trying out Siri on iOS 5 devices, according to reports circulating this past weekend. But how likely is it that those of us who aren’t Apple engineers will ever get to use the personal assistant on anything other than an iPhone 4S?

Apple looking into iPhone 4S battery issues. Is yours affected?

The iPhone 4S may have its first significant early life issue, according to many users, and even possibly Apple itself. Many users are reporting seeing very poor battery life with iPhone 4S devices, and now Apple seems to be investigating the problem.

Verizon iPhone sales nip at AT&T’s heels in Q3

Verizon sold 2 million iPhones during its fiscal third quarter, the carrier announced Friday. AT&T said it activated 2.7 million iPhones during the same time period. Though Verizon is still a newcomer to selling iPhones, its earnings show it’s building momentum and gaining on its rival.

Samsung smartphones reportedly outship the iPhone

Apple frenemy-in-chief Samsung has reportedly surpassed the iPhone maker in smartphones for the most recent quarter. Samsung reportedly shipped “more than 20 million smartphones” in the most recent quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple said Tuesday it sold 17.1 million iPhones during the quarter.

iPhone 4S costs an estimated $196 to make

Like clockwork, IHS iSuppli mercilessly tears down new iPhone models and exposes their inner works, looking to devine the secret of their manufacturing and components costs. On Thursday, the firm released its analysis of the latest and greatest, the iPhone 4S.

Half of all AT&T smartphones still iPhones

Despite being significantly older than most other smartphone offerings, and despite new availability on Verizon in the U.S., which began earlier in 2011, the iPhone accounted for over half of AT&T’s total smartphone sales for the quarter ending in September and nearly matched its year-ago performance.

iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 camera shootout

The iPhone 4S is an improvement over the iPhone 4 in several ways — faster A5 processor, better 3D graphics performance, even a better antenna design. But the camera is arguably the best change, and we’ve got the side-by-side photos to prove it.

The iPhone 4S upgrade decision: 4 things to consider

So the iPhone 4S is real and arriving Friday, Oct. 14, with pre-orders beginning this Friday, Oct. 7. That doesn’t give you much time to figure out whether or not to upgrade, if you want to be an early adopter. We’re here to help.