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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 Tony Swash on 10/13/2011 5:17:30 PM , Rating: 0
The two main things people were hoping for:

1) A wider, larger screen
2) Quad core.

Every Android phone and their mom has a dual core chip now. People were expecting more from the phone. They didn't want a catch up, they wanted something to lead the pack.

I know few want to admit it, but Steve Jobs' death was a major factor in this pre-order frenzy.

Very few people except techie gadget freaks were hoping for a larger screen, larger screens are one of those sorts of features that makers of inferior products like to tout around as a simple 'look we have bigger' type feature but one that offers most people little actual benefit and some tangible disadvantages that go beyond making the device too big. Its the way that Apple gets so many such features just right that ensures that the iPhone 4s will replace the iPhone as the world's most popular handset.


Nobody cares about quad cores or any of those old fashioned type of hardware spec concerns except for a few techie obsessives. What people are concerned about is how well a device performs, how fast and responsive does it feel. All benchmarks seem to indicate that the iPhone 4s is about the fastest handset out there and is in practical use extremely fast and responsive with superb gaming graphics (hence the iPhone will remain the world's largest portable gaming platform by a very wide margin).

It is feeble to clutch at excuses such as Steve Job's death somehow driving millions of people to rush out and order an iPhone as a way to try to gloss over the simple truth which is that the iPhone 4s is going to be the most successful product launch in Apple's history and the handset will immediately become the world's best selling handset. This is for simple and far less torturous and byzantine reasons. For the millions of iPhone 3gs owners this a no brainer upgrade. And for millions of those thinking about getting their first smart phone or the millions who want to jump ship from an Android handset this is also a no brainer purchase. The iPhone 4s is by far the best value handset on the market, combining as it does the best designed and built hardware with the most polished and advanced OS combined with Apple's unequalled value stack of services, digital goods, retail experience and service and customer support.

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.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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