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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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RE: (sigh)
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.

RE: (sigh)
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.

RE: (sigh)
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.

RE: (sigh)
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.

RE: (sigh)
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.

RE: (sigh)
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.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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