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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 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.

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