Apple iPhone 4S pre-orders top one million in 24 hours

By on October 10, 2011, 2:30 PM

Despite the apparent disappointment from the absence of a redesigned iPhone 5 at last week's press event, Apple has revealed this morning that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S have topped one million in a single day. That crushes the previous single-day record of 600,000 held by its predecessor. If the momentum keeps up, the 4S may become the fastest-selling product in Apple history, undeterred by all the chatter online calling it underwhelming and forgettable.

The fifth generation of the company's smartphone comes with the same design as the iPhone 4, but includes a faster processor, a much-improved camera with an 8-megapixel sensor, better low-light performance and 1080p video capture, as well as a new personal voice assistant called Siri. There's also a redesigned antenna system, presumably to solve the signal attenuation problem, and the phone now supports both GSM and CDMA standards.

It's not a huge upgrade from the iPhone 4, but those with older devices are in for a nice performance bump along a taste of the future of iOS with Siri. A few other things may have come into play, like the nearly three-month delay from its usual release cycle, the simultaneous launch on three major U.S. carriers, and the fact that we're now in holiday territory.

The unfortunate death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs just a day after the 4S announcement may have also pushed the device to the forefront of the world's collective consciousness. After all, this is the last iPhone developed with Steve Jobs at the company, so there could be some sentiments at play too.

Apple didn't provide a breakdown of pre-orders but AT&T said it sold over 200,000 units in the first 12 hours of availability. The iPhone 4S will make its worldwide debut October 14 in United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the U.K. Later in the month 22 more countries will get the 4S, on October 28, with a total of 70 countries getting the device by the end of the year. It comes in three sizes: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399.




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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I wish I could be part of it, alas, I don't have that kind of money lying around at the moment. Grant it, I am saving the pennies for one of these.

Guest said:

If you will make it they will come; especially if you are a company like Apple and a nation like America.

Cota Cota said:

Guest said:

If you will make it they will come; especially if you are a company like Apple and a nation like America.

America is not a nation its a continent.

Guest said:

Ahh, but there is South America and there is North America.

Of course there is the United States of America.

RH00D RH00D said:

cota said:

Guest said:

If you will make it they will come; especially if you are a company like Apple and a nation like America.

America is not a nation its a continent.

Are we really nitpicking like that? Lighten up, you know what he meant.

Anyways, I'm glad to see Apple rolling in success because it only puts the pressure on everyone else to one-up Apple. In return, Apple will try to one-up everyone else, it's a win for everyone.

Nima304 said:

Finally, more decent pricing for hard drive space. Nice work, Apple. Now the prices SOMEWHAT resemble the value of the product.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm actually considering ditching my Windows Phone 7 and getting the 4S. I never liked Apple, but I always loved their products. Such is the irony.

I've never been a good early adopter of anything, I admit; I love polished software, but until Microsoft stops being lazy with WP7 and starts updating it at least TWICE a year, and stop playing catch-up, I can't take the platform seriously. (Seriously, Mango brought in speech-to-text, and text-to-speech, only to be obliterated by iOS' Siri, and not to mention it was already vastly inferior to Android's voice capabilities. What major feature is left then? Multitasking, and contacts grouping? Congrats Microsoft, welcome to 2008).

I will undoubtedly go back to WP7 (because I love what the OS represents) but only until it has grown. Right now it's just a baby in need of a diaper, with a mother who wants him to be a football player when he grows up, but is too lazy to even drive him to practice.

I could have gone to Android (which I like), but out of the three, it currently is the most insecure and inefficient. So, in essence, I think what I'm saying is that I'm part of the million.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nima304 said:

Finally, more decent pricing for hard drive space. Nice work, Apple. Now the prices SOMEWHAT resemble the value of the product.

Really? The 32GB version is £100 more than the 16GB one, that's about £6/$10 per GB!

foreverzero89 said:

wow, will the sheep ever stop?

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