It’s Official: iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours
It’s official. Apple on Monday announced in a media release that pre-orders of the new iPhone 4S topped one million units in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 set by iPhone 4 in June, 2010.
Not a shabby performance for a product variously dubbed a “disappointment” or even an “epic fail” by many iPhone aficionados who had been hoping for a fresh form factor, a larger display, and 4G support. I’m not really surprised. The 4S is a substantial upgrade engineering-wise, with a faster dual-dore processor (although the same 512 MB of RAM as its predecessor), a much more sophisticated camera, and the Siri, intelligent voice activated assistant feature. And the iPhone 4 had been selling quite briskly right up to the 4S announcement. Appleinsider reported Monday that And even as rumors of a new iPhoine model coming heated up during the runup to what turned out to be Apple’s iPhone 4S announcement event, the iPhone 4 remained the top-selling smartphone in the U.S., despite being more than a year old — the bestselling handset at both AT&T and Verizon, outselling Samsung’s Infuse 4G and Charge 4G, and HTC’s Thunderbolt 4G.
As for the display, I can appreciate why Apple wouldn’t want to spend $ millions developing and tooling up for a slightly larger display that the 4S form factor could arguably have accommodated, especially with a fully redesigned iPhone 5 likely in the works for a June 2012 release. Meanwhile the iPhone 4 and 4S’s 3.5-inch 960 x 640 resolution Retina display remains impressive with its jewel-like. 326 pixels iper square inch dot pitch, and while it’s true that Samsung’s Galaxy S II has significantly larger 4.3-inch display real estate, it still actually trails the iPhone 4S in terms of resolution at 960 x 540 pixels. THe image is larger, but you see slightly less.
“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” comments Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”
Apple pledges that iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores across the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer buying an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, demoing new apps from the App Store, Making sure they’re up and running with the new iPhone before they leave the store.
iPhone 4S comes in black or white and will carry suggested retail price of $ 199 for the 16GB model, $ 299 for the 32GB model, and $ 399 (US) for the new 64GB model. iPhone 4S will also be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4 with 8GB storage is available for $ 99 and iPhone 3GS is available for free with a two year contract.
iPhone 4S will also be made available in the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan on Oct. 14 with country-specific pricing. In Canada, the 16GB iPhone 4S will sell for CAN$ 649, with the $ 32 GB model tagged at CAN$ 749, and the 64 GB model CAN $ 849..
iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by October 28 including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, and it will be available in 70 countries by year-end.