Apple's iPhone 4S will quickly become out of date

It is starting to look like Apple might have dropped the ball when it comes to smartphone development.

Many people had been expecting Apple to release the iPhone 5 with specs to die for, but what came out of the fruity toymaker’s secret basket was a fixed iPhone 4 with an improved chip.

However, rivals like Samsung were expecting Apple to come up with something better so they started to develop something which could match it. As a result, Samsung has been left with specifications for its next Galaxy smartphone which makes the iPhone 4S look out -of-date.

The specifications, which were leaked to the press this week, were from an internal presentation in October 2011.

It includes a screenshot of a phone with a 1.8Ghz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera and 4.6-inch super AMOLED screen.

The phone will also have an ultra-fast 4G connection, at least in territories such as the US where 4G networks are on offer.

If the spec is real, then it races ahead of Apple’s iPhone 4S. A kicker is that the iPhone 4S’s screen is 3.5 inches and looks exactly like the old iPhone 4.

However, the Samsung’s SIII will be a significant redesign from the current SII, thinner and with four buttons. This will screw up Apple’s attempts to use legal tactics to keep its rival off the shelves.

The leak was reported by Android site Phandroid and seems quite likely.  

Those outside of the cult who are thinking about buying an iPhone 4S would be advised to wait.