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IPhone 4S pre-orders began Friday, October 7

The iPhone 5 was a long-awaited follow-up to the iPhone 4, but when Apple made its official announcement last week, many customers and investors were disappointed to find out that an iPhone 4S would be this month's newest mobile release. But that didn't stop Apple from achieving one million iPhone 4S pre-orders within the first 24 hours of pre-order availability.

The problem many had with the news of the 4S was the relatively few changes made since the iPhone 4 -- especially in the realm of external changes. A few notable internal changes would be a dual-core A5 processor, iOS 5 mobile operating system, the Siri voice recognition assistant, an 8MP camera and compatibility across GSM and CDMA networks.

Despite complaints from customers and investors, technical analysis company UBM TechInsights predicted that the iPhone 4S would provide healthy profit margins comparable to prior iPhone releases.

From the looks of it, they were right -- Apple announced that it topped one million iPhone 4S pre-orders within the first day of making pre-orders available.

"We are blown away with the incredible response to iPhone 4S," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do."

What likely helped Apple out is the addition of Sprint as an iPhone carrier. It was discovered back in August that Sprint, for the first time, would sell the iPhone come the newest release in October. Not only that, but it would be the only carrier to offer unlimited plans for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, giving it an edge over AT&T and Verizon.

IPhone 4S pre-orders began Friday, October 7. The iPhone 4S will be available October 14.

Source: Apple

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By Jeff7181 on 10/10/2011 10:43:48 AM , Rating: 5
I'm sure there are as many people out there that blindly repeat that the iPhone is the best phone on the market as there are people that feel the need to convince them that it's not.

I've had a Droid (yes, a real Motorola Droid, not just any Android phone) and I currently have an iPhone and a Blackberry. The iPhone is the phone I prefer to use, my only complaint is that you can't make it repeat alerts for text messages or missed calls indefinitely until the alert is viewed. Aside from that, I don't see a downside to having an iPhone rather than an Android phone.

It would be nice if people weren't so concerned with which phone others choose to spend their money on.

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By Breathless on 10/10/2011 11:03:12 AM , Rating: 5

What have we stooped to where people have hatred for one another over... cell phones?

There are plenty of other legitimate reasons to dislike someone without having to resort to their preference of PHONE.

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By tekzor on 10/10/2011 1:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
you are correct.
The actual device is no cause for hatred of another human being.
However, I do dislike apple's manufacturing method for the iphone (probably other cell phone manufacturer's too) relating on the means on how they get their supplies and the workers who get abused to make these devices. We are all involved indirectly, sadly. hate yourself as well if you are gona hate someone over a stupid phone.

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By bupkus on 10/10/2011 3:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Directly related to (a) a common lack of civility currently peaking in American culture, and (b) hyper-competitiveness also earnestly amplified in our capitalist culture. Note, I say capitalist "culture" not capitalist economy-- two different things.

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By TakinYourPoints on 10/10/2011 5:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Complaining about how Apple manufactures their products is like denouncing sex tourism while getting serviced in a Bangkok brothel. Most of my tech gadgets and components weren't just made in China, they were also made in a Foxconn factory. It is pretty unavoidable, unfortunately.

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By vortmax2 on 10/10/2011 5:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
"Out of the heart, the mouth speaks..."

It's not about the phones, people just hate, unfortunately.

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By EasyC on 10/11/2011 10:55:02 AM , Rating: 2
So true, however its a product of marketing.

A company which will remain nameless, markets it's products to include smugness and elitism. Buying this product makes the uninformed consumer feel like they are getting the best. thing. ever. The consumer then projects this onto other consumers and can even *gasp* condescend to people with out phones. This, naturally, causes a bit of resentment, and retaliation. It's a never ending cycle from there.

Do I look down upon iPhone users? Yes (to a point, and not all of them). It's not because they own an iPhone, it's because of their attitude and misinformation about it.

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By jeffbui on 10/10/2011 11:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
Jeff, iOS 5 will allow you to set text message alerts to go off up to 9 times IIRC

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By Onimuto on 10/10/2011 2:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
..... What are you talking about
You can already repeat notifications 10 times 2 min intervals

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By tayb on 10/10/2011 5:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think iOS is the best mobile phone OS followed by Windows Phone 7 (7.5) and then Android. I currently have a Droid X.

It's too bad they are dooming themselves in my opinion with an utter lack of options. I would own an iPhone4 on VZW right now if they offered a version with a screen size comparable to my Droid X.

Alas, it looks like my next move is Windows Phone 7. Android feels like the Vista of mobile phone OS's to me. Slow, sluggish, and buggy. Maybe Apple has something up their sleeve for the iPhone 5 but I'm not willing to wait.

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By TakinYourPoints on 10/10/2011 5:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
It's a good call. Hardware specs don't really matter with Android when iOS and WP7 are both smoother and faster on slower hardware, let alone equivalent or faster like the A5.

Windows Phone 7 is definately the way to go if you're passing on iOS. Excellent mobile OS. Developer support isn't quite there yet but I'm positive it will be.

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By phantom505 on 10/10/2011 7:37:10 PM , Rating: 2
That is, and has been, the same complaint of open source vs restricted platform to closed platforms that has been around more or less since the dawn of personal computers.

So congratulations, you explained the benefits and pit falls of various software license schemes.

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By semiconshawn on 10/10/2011 7:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
The downside is the testosterone loss. Guys at work clamouring for the same phone as my teenage daughter cracks me up. Buuuttt Daaaaaaad my friends have one please please please Daaaad. I know I know its a good phone but still that is damn funny.

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By Subzero0000 on 10/10/2011 9:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there are as many people out there that blindly repeat that the iPhone is the best phone on the market as there are people that feel the need to convince them that it's not.
It would be nice if people weren't so concerned with which phone others choose to spend their money on.

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