Apple's iPhone 4S U.S. Pre-Orders Sell Out at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
October 13, 2011 3:14 PM
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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
. Now, reports are saying that the newest addition to the iPhone family has sold out for pre-order at all three U.S. carriers.
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
recently found that iPads are killing the competition with 97.2 percent of U.S. tablet traffic in August 2011.
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RE: I don't get why people think the iPhone4S is such a disappointment
10/14/2011 12:50:33 AM
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...
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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