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iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S also scored more first-day pre-orders than any other Apple product

Earlier this month, Apple introduced the successor to the iPhone 4: the iPhone 4S. Now, reports are saying that the newest addition to the iPhone family has sold out for pre-order at all three U.S. carriers.

Initially, customers and investors were disappointed at the announcement of the iPhone 4S. They spent a good portion of 2011 anticipating a revolutionary iPhone 5 product, but instead, received an iPhone 4S with few external changes. However, the 4S does offer new internal changes such as a dual-core A5 processor, the new iOS 5 mobile operating system, an 8-megapixel camera with backside illumination and compatibility across CDMA and GSM networks.

When it came time for the iPhone 4S pre-order, which became available October 7, customer disappointment was anything but evident. Within the first 24 hours of pre-order availability, Apple hit one million 4S pre-orders, which is the most first-day pre-orders any Apple product has ever achieved according to Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Now, any sign of disappointment has gone straight out the window because Apple's iPhone 4S has sold out for pre-order in the U.S. at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

"It looks like another blockbuster launch for Apple, only this time with three carriers," said Roger Entner, an analyst with Recon Analytics LLC.

While factors such as the addition of Sprint as a carrier along with its unlimited plans has helped spark iPhone-mania, Tero Kuittinen, an independent wireless industry analyst, says that this particular iPhone model got an extra boost from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' recent passing on October 5.

According to Kuittinen, customers are looking to obtain a piece of history, as the 4S is the last iPhone to be designed under Jobs as CEO. Others are likely just upgrading from expired contracts with the iPhone 3GS. Kuittinen added that this excitement for the 4S early on may be "an inaccurate indication of longer-term demand."

In addition to popular iPhone demand, a comScore study recently found that iPads are killing the competition with 97.2 percent of U.S. tablet traffic in August 2011.

Source: Bloomberg

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By MrTeal on 10/13/2011 3:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, there aren't that many cosmetic changes, but there are substantial upgrades over the iP4. Siri may be overhyped, but the display was great already, there's a new OS, better multi-network support and a much, much improved processor. It's not revolutionary, but it's a better product than the one it's replacing. If you're a 3GS owner near the end of a contract this would be a natural for you.

I wouldn't personally let iOS get its hooks into me and it seems like most DT readers feel the same way, but if this is the ecosystem you're stuck in, the 4S looks pretty good. The only real problem is having to prominently display a 4S sticker somewhere on it so your hipster friends know that you have the new phone and not some crappy old iP4.

By FATCamaro on 10/13/2011 3:48:59 PM , Rating: 2
Who the hell was hoping for quad core, or are you trolling? Some people wanted a bigger screen. I would've liked a 4" screen and no bigger. My friends Galaxy SII is a bit big for my liking.

By Unfixedyouth on 10/13/2011 3:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
"How do you like them apples?"

By Iaiken on 10/13/2011 4:05:45 PM , Rating: 1
1) A wider, larger screen

Not going to happen, ever. There is a reason for the double density pixels on the iPhone 4/4S. Apple basically locked themselves into a crappy aspect ratio and absolute positioning for applications. Increasing the size of the phone quickly makes it uncomfortable to hold.

This also makes me laugh to no end when people talk about image quality because it's still just a 480x320 image that has been upscaled so that each individual pixel is represented by 4 pixels instead. The only noticeable increase in quality is that the AA engine is more able to round of corners and smooth out diagonal lines. Beyond that, the screen will remain a load of marketing until they finally drop support for the older resolution devices.

While there are no such resolution restrictions on Android, they have offloaded the problem of relative positioning for applications onto the developers.

2) Quad core.

Not yet... but it's already slated for Android phones so it will definitely make it's way into a coming iPhone eventually.

By MozeeToby on 10/13/2011 4:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
This also makes me laugh to no end when people talk about image quality because it's still just a 480x320 image that has been upscaled so that each individual pixel is represented by 4 pixels instead.
I can't wait to hear what the reviewers think when they actually get their hands on a Nexus Prime with a full 720p display. I'm actually starting to wonder how long Apple is going to be able to keep up with the Android super-phones. Apple has a lot of competition if they want to stay a head in the hardware game and the display is the one truly obvious place everyone will see the difference.

But then, their software is very strong, even as an Android fan I can admit that. They have more direction than Android does, better polish, and more consistent quality (only having a single phone being manufactured at a time probably helps that). I just have a hard time believing that's going to be enough in the long run.

By captainBOB on 10/13/2011 4:36:23 PM , Rating: 4
Well if their Mac sales are anything to go by they'll eventually win out in the long run. PC sales have slowed to a crawl and are barely profitable in the consumer space while Mac sales continue to accelerate because the the iOS halo effect. All while Apple rakes in the cash from each Mac sale.

I would've thought people would know by now that Apple could care less that their competitors can make faster hardware, they want to do it their way and do it well. (and in some cases not so well)

By sigmatau on 10/13/2011 4:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
Increasing the size of the phone quickly makes it uncomfortable to hold.

I kinda disagree. Pick up a iphone 4 and an AT&T Galaxy S2 and you will find that the Galaxy feels so much more comfortable in your hands because it is lighter. I could kind of see if screens start getting to 5" or larger that there may be a problem though.

By xti on 10/13/2011 5:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
neither matter to the masses. Geeks care about resolution and cores. The masses care about no weird slow down (1-2c) and fits in their skinny jeans.

By foolsgambit11 on 10/13/2011 6:51:27 PM , Rating: 1
I have one thing to say to Dustin Curtis in the link you supplied: "You're holding it wrong." Instead of holding his phone so the side is in the V formed by his palm and his thumb, he should support his phone with his 4 fingers only. It's easy, natural, and allows one to reach the entire distance of their thumb+palm.

By DeluxeTea on 10/13/2011 11:34:16 PM , Rating: 3
Would seem that Dustin Curtis just has small, girly hands.

By Snow01 on 10/14/2011 8:39:55 AM , Rating: 1
Clearly no one wants larger screens. That's why they haven't sold any ipads.....

By Tony Swash on 10/14/2011 11:09:20 AM , Rating: 2
Clearly no one wants larger screens. That's why they haven't sold any ipads.....

When I made my comment I wondered which dork would the first to make an imbecilic comment about the size of an iPad. I hoped that maybe, with luck, nobody would be that stupid. Sigh. I was wrong.

The iPad is not a phone. Arguing that the popularity of the iPad shows that a larger form factor for phones is a good thing is like arguing that the popularity of 50 inch plasma TVs shows that 50 inch phones would be a good idea.

By cjohnson2136 on 10/14/2011 11:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
And to argue that only tech geekie want larger screens is foolish as well. my wife likes the 4.3 inch screens and so do her friends, none of which are techie people. Just because YOU don't like the larger screen doesn't mean a majority of users wouldn't like the larger screen.

By Cheesew1z69 on 10/15/2011 9:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
Just because YOU don't like the larger screen doesn't mean a majority of users wouldn't like the larger screen
It's quite obvious he is out of touch with reality.

By Onimuto on 10/13/2011 4:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
Ip4s is as ip3GS if you own a ip4 it's about as useless as a upgrade as tits on a boar hog. iPhone 5 will be substantial upgrade from a 4

By sigmatau on 10/13/2011 4:15:35 PM , Rating: 3
The cpu/gpu of the new iphone is great but the screen is a huge let down. I went from a iphone 3GS to an AT&T Galaxy S2 and will never go back to a extremely small 3.5" screen that the iphone has. The 4.3" screen isn't too big at all to me.

My GS2 feels smaller than the iphone because it is so much lighter and thinner. I don't use those huge cases but a form fitting slim case. The phone was a huge upgrade for me in terms of screen, usability, speed/smoothness, and the ability to uninstall itunes from my computer forever. I can actually use the phone as how I expect it to be used without the silly restrictions that Apple has placed on their hardware/software.

My next phone will probably have a bigger screen. Will Apple have a 4" screen phone by then when everyone has a 4.5" or larger? There will be several 1200x720 HD phones coming out this year and early next year. Apple will be even further behind on screen tech. Pixels mixels.

By TakinYourPoints on 10/13/2011 7:53:22 PM , Rating: 3
Quad-core is kind of irrelevant when the 4S currently demolishes every other smartphone out there:

Things like screen size and keyboard come down to personal preference, and there are other handsets out there for people who want them.

By darkhawk1980 on 10/13/2011 10:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, the A5 smashes all old tech (processors that were out before the A5....). What about the ones coming out in the next 3 months? I know for a fact a number of them will humiliate the A5. Even more so in the mobile phone arena. The 4s is a mini ipad 2. I still see the 4s as nothing more than a gimmic. I still enjoy my freedom, and my Droid X still gets used for what matters most, talking. Even the 4s is still the same as every other phone out there, good at most things, awesome at none.

As far as preorders, who cares? It's safe to assume the Iphone 5 will have more than the Iphone 4s. Reallly, was this a surprise? Morons are easily fooled into buying what looks and seems cool. Is it really useful? Not really. Not a surprise.

By TakinYourPoints on 10/14/2011 12:36:13 AM , Rating: 2
So you're saying that the Galaxy S II and Infuse are old news now?

We'll see, it'll eventually catch up by the time the Tegra 3 is out. The thing is that it'll be out around the time the A6 is out in the next iPad, and so the cycle will continue.

I know for a fact a number of them will humiliate the A5.

Doubtful unless ICS is a massive improvement, and so far the so-called massive improvements in prior Android updates have fallen short. We'll see if they get it right this time.

Faster processors don't really matter when the operating system is so inefficient. iOS and WP7 on slower A4 and Snapdragon hardware were smoother and snappier than Android on the technically faster Hummingbird.

Tech specs don't really matter when practical performance falls short. Android fans spinning this remind me of AMD zealots who are convinced that Bulldozer at its higher clock frequencies matter when practical performance is at about the same level as an i7 from two years ago.

I still enjoy my freedom

Freedom from awesome developer support and a solid, smooth mobile OS. Must be nice.

By Onimuto on 10/13/2011 8:56:22 PM , Rating: 3
think of it like this. You own a Sandybridge notebook with a i-7 2630. then we throw a 2720 at you. Not majior upgrade is it?
sandybridge to ivy bridge will be minimal upgrade. Haswell on the other hand is something to spend the money on at that point youll knowtist the incress in preformace for your money. NOw if you have a 3gs by all means 4gs is for you. But upgrading to every new iphone is lunacy. thats like buying every single new GPU card ATI or InVida releases. ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG 5780 broadway woot , next thing you know ZOMG ZOMG 6780 ZOMG ZOMG. But hey its not my money so i Dont care what people buy.

By TakinYourPoints on 10/14/2011 12:50:33 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly. Upgrading through every single upgrade cycle makes no sense. Hell, I managed to keep a Pentium 2 450 for three years with the same video card because the GeForce 256 was such a great overclocker, plus games had hit a ceiling of performance until around when Battlefield 1942 came out.

I've had this i7-860 PC for two years and I still have no idea if I'll upgrade when Ivy Bridge comes out. I may upgrade to a Kepler GPU next year, but again, no idea if it makes sense over my current GTX 460 SLI setup, not when current games I play all run so well on it.

People who get mad that they aren't compelled to upgrade their gadgets so often, I don't get it...

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