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Apple's iPhone 4S sizzles in its first few days of availability

Critics, analysts, and some iFans were initially disappointed when the iPhone 4S was announced earlier this month, but the buying public didn't seem to be bothered by the "warmed over iPhone 4" when it was officially made available this past Friday. After seeing initial pre-orders top one million units, Apple announced today that it sold over four million iPhone 4Ses over the weekend.

For comparison, Apple sold 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 during its first three days of availbility.
“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

The iPhone 4S features an 800MHz dual-core A5 processor, 8MP rear camera, dual-mode CDMA/GSM network compatibility, and Siri voice recognition technology. Prices range from $199 for the 16GB iPhone 4S to $399 for the 64GB model with a two-year contract.

Sources: Apple, Apple

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Why are people obsessed with the specs?
By miteethor on 10/17/2011 12:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand the infatuation with the specs. It's a phone, you aren't going to play Crysis on it. Who cares if it's 10% faster or if an Android is an extra 200Mhz, they all play Angry Birds just fine.

By Onimuto on 10/17/2011 1:17:46 PM , Rating: 2
Arguing this is equal to arguing with a ps3 fan versus a xbox360 fan or a ford vrs dodge vrs Chevy.

By Solandri on 10/17/2011 2:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
iOS in particular, and Android to a lesser extent have become bloated enough in later versions that they run poorly on older hardware. e.g. the people with iPhone 3G/3GS who sued because iOS 4 ran poorly on their phone. So you need to check the specs on your "new" hardware to make sure there's enough growing room for it to handle future software.

This is one of the reasons a lot of people were disappointed with the iPad 2 only having 512 MB of memory when most high-end Android tablets are shipping with 1 GB. It will make the device less capable in the future. Of course that's good for Apple since you'll have to buy a newer version instead of continuing to use your older one. But most normal consumers prefer not having to spend more money than they need to.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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