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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 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.


RE: (sigh)
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.


RE: (sigh)
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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