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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 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.

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