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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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RE: Cheaper products please
By Tony Swash on 10/17/2011 1:25:28 PM , Rating: -1
You need to think about the new tech world, one where it's consumers that drive markets and not corporate IT, and about why and how consumers make buying decisions.

Imagine the questions a typical consumer, who is in the market for a new smart phone or tablet, might ask and think about the answer they would get:

If I Google the makers of devices which company comes out consistently near or at the top of all surveys of consumer satisfaction and customer support?

Answer: Apple

I want to have a look at the devices on offer and maybe have a play with them and I want to know where to go to get help and support. Which company has the best (in fact award winning) retail apparatus?

Answer: Apple

I may want to buy online which company has a first rate online store?

Answer: Apple

I don't want to be confronted by a confusing range of similar and overlapping products with confusing and unfriendly names, which company has the most well organised family of products with friendly names and with each product clearly situated in a simple matrix of product options?

Answer: Apple

I would like a brand that has a premium reputation, which would that be?

Answer: Apple

I would like a product that is attractive and has a high build value, which company's products have the best reputation for design?

Answer: Apple

I want a device that it is easy to use, which company's products have a reputation for being easy to use?

Answer: Apple

I want to get a phone/tablet and ideally I would like one that works just like the iPod/iPhone that I already have which company's products have the most integrated OS across devices?

Answer: Apple

I want lots of Apps for my device which company has the most Apps and the most high quality apps?

Answer: Apple

I want to be able to buy films, music, TV shows, newspapers, books etc online for my device which company has the biggest online digital media shop?

Answer: Apple

I want to be able to share stuff I buy across lots of devices and to be able to buy content very easily using a familiar interface - which company can offer that?

Answer: Apple

I want to be able to have my calendars, mail, contacts, etc synchronise across all my devices without any special effort on my part - who can offer that?

Answer: Apple

I want to be able to connect to my company's Exchange server with my device - which company offers an OS that can do that and which offers all the above?

Answer: Apple


The examples above are what is meant by a value stack. Nothing on it's own in that list is particularly unique (except maybe the iTunes store content and the retail network) but having them all together in one package is unique, and having them all makes a very powerful stack of value and one which speaks powerfully to many consumers. It's a stack Apple have taken over a decade to build and it's a stack that is very hard for it's competitors to replicate.


RE: Cheaper products please
By sprockkets on 10/17/2011 2:07:40 PM , Rating: 3
I want a product without a douchebag reputation, one where I can get a phone without paying a useless premium on looks, or being able to replace parts that for years were replaceable until someone took that right from me.

Answer: The rest of the fcking world.


RE: Cheaper products please
By Reclaimer77 on 10/17/2011 3:04:14 PM , Rating: 1
I think we've all just witnesses a crazy person in action. The guy just made up an imaginary survey in his own mind complete with imaginary answers. Is there anything more to say?

quote:
Imagine the questions...


...that a therapist would have for you? Imagine that please, then imagine yourself getting help.


RE: Cheaper products please
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/17/2011 3:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said in another post, I honestly think he is insane.


RE: Cheaper products please
By Tony Swash on 10/17/2011 4:02:44 PM , Rating: 1
OK brainbox - why do you think so many millions of people just decided to buy an iPhone 4s?


RE: Cheaper products please
By Pirks on 10/17/2011 5:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
Because Steve Jobs ate their brains, that is why.

On a more serious note, Tony, how many more months (or years?) will it take you to read this forum before you learn to predict Reclaimer's (or any other anti-Apple troll's) answers? It took me less than six months, you think you gonna be faster than me huh? ;)


RE: Cheaper products please
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/17/2011 6:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
And you are obviously are mentally ill as well.


RE: Cheaper products please
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/17/2011 6:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
Are obviously mentally ill*


RE: Cheaper products please
By Pirks on 10/17/2011 6:44:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And you are obviously are
cheesy clown are a little too excited are? heheheee :))))


RE: Cheaper products please
By MechanicalTechie on 10/17/2011 7:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
Tony the average person is a techo-retard and cares more about fitting into popular culture than actually reseaching a product. Anyone that took the time to investigate Apple, would easily find something they object about... either on moral grounds, technical limitations, the Apple screw me policy or innovation inhibitor(yes thats what a patent troll does). Your hard-on for Apple is making you look like a fool.


RE: Cheaper products please
By robinthakur on 10/18/2011 5:00:38 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't put it quite like that. They are not necessarily techno-retards, they just don't care about the technical aspects as much as you and others seem to. They are also in the majoriy here. The fact is that it does what they need it to do in a way that is convenient, so what is wrong with that? They have other options, but they choose iPhone for a reason, and it's very patronising to say that you're right and they are wrong. That so many people on here fail to realise this simple fact, is testament to why none of you should be running a tech company selling to consumers.

I seriously doubt that anybody considers the moral arguments for or against buying a phone (FYI Foxconn make devices for most of the tech industry also, so thi is a hard area to navigate, and the rare mineral used to make all phones vibrate causes vast hardship for many in teh areas in which it is mined) and what technical limitations are there on a 4S, pray tell? Most developers will be developing for it on a locked standard platform, so the software will be better optimised. This is not supposition, this is fact if you look at both App stores as they currently stand.


RE: Cheaper products please
By Reclaimer77 on 10/17/2011 8:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
OK brainbox - why do you think so many millions of people just decided to buy an iPhone 4s?


Are you for real? It's the first phone Apple has released in 15 months! After a massive hype campaign where they purposely leaked dubious information about an "iPhone5" to the media that they knew would really be an iPhone4 refresh. Of course it was going to sell in the millions. Like there was ever a doubt? DUH Tony! Only a crazy person would have this little common sense...


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