iPhone 4S first day sales seem to go well

The iPhone 4S might have been something of a disappointment to some long time Apple followers who expected more from the company's next smartphone, but that hasn't slowed down interest in the device. AllThingsD.com reports that AT&T has already claimed that it has received 200,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in the space of just 12 hours on Friday. AT&T claims those numbers represent "the most successful iPhone launch we’ve ever had."

The high sale numbers came even as some customers had issues with completing their pre-orders for the iPhone 4S on Friday. Apple's online store suffered through some errors as lots of traffic slammed the web site in the early morning hours.

This is the first time that a launch of an iPhone has occurred with three wireless carriers selling the product at the same time. Sprint is getting its first chance to sell an iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 4S. A Sprint spokesperson is quoted as saying that they were "very, very pleased" with the number of pre-order sales of the phone on Friday, adding, "Today’s sales and the overall customer experience greatly exceeded our expectations." Sprint did not give out specific sales numbers. Verizon has also yet to comment about its initial iPhone 4S sales; it started selling the iPhone earlier this year with its version of the iPhone 4.

Apple's retail stores, along with the brick and mortar stores of all three of the iPhone 4S's wireless carriers, will begin selling the smartphone on Friday, October 14. If history is any indication there might be long lines of people outside those stores on Friday morning.

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We as consumers, won't be able to judge how well it is doing, because it looks just like the iPhone 4.

Figured it would sell well. They always do. There isnt a following like the Apple following.

I would be more interested to see what phone people are upgrading. the iPhone 3, or 4. Would be funny if lots of 4 users are upgrading just to get the 4s.

Never believe these creeps. It's funny because AT&T is trying to get the business back. Verizon and Sprint don't seem to be interested in displaying their results. Sounds fishy to me.

Just as I said, stock would take a hit, people would be disappointed, and in a matter of weeks, all the disappointment would turn into 'features' and 'good' things instead of detriments.

Soon Apple fans will be telling everyone how 4G is a bad thing, etc etc etc....

Hmm don't mean to sound harsh but could it have been an apple ploy to wait for steve to die using "delays" then cash in on the S cus ppl read to much into everything. Sounds stupid but it wouldn't be the first time ppl use tragedies to cash in on stuff

That's a bit morbid though. Im pretty sure everyone loved Steve at apple so i doubt they would use him in such a fashion. Though it could well have been his idea? If he knew how long he had. Even so, his death could easily have a negative impact on sales so. Yeah all in all it seems less really unlikely.

I was very anti-iphone 4s up till recently. I already own a Galaxy S2 which i love, but I have been considering getting one now - because its basically the last iphone that's going to launch that was under Steve's direction. iPhone5 will be all Cook.

RobertH said,
That's a bit morbid though. Im pretty sure everyone loved Steve at apple so i doubt they would use him in such a fashion. Though it could well have been his idea? If he knew how long he had. Even so, his death could easily have a negative impact on sales so. Yeah all in all it seems less really unlikely.

I was very anti-iphone 4s up till recently. I already own a Galaxy S2 which i love, but I have been considering getting one now - because its basically the last iphone that's going to launch that was under Steve's direction. iPhone5 will be all Cook.

You realise the iPhone 5 is already in development? They don't wait until they release one product and then work on the next one, in fact these refresh 'S' iPhones gives them 2 years to develop the new major iPhones because the refreshes don't require anywhere near as much time to develop

RobertH said,
That's a bit morbid though. Im pretty sure everyone loved Steve at apple so i doubt they would use him in such a fashion. Though it could well have been his idea? If he knew how long he had. Even so, his death could easily have a negative impact on sales so. Yeah all in all it seems less really unlikely.

I was very anti-iphone 4s up till recently. I already own a Galaxy S2 which i love, but I have been considering getting one now - because its basically the last iphone that's going to launch that was under Steve's direction. iPhone5 will be all Cook.

All Cook? Highly unlikely. The iPhone "5" (which it probably won't be named) was well under Steve's development. They probably already have an idea of feature they even want to put into the "5S" or "6" and just have to wait to decide on technical specs.

my mom and i are both getting the iphone 4S...i'm upgrading from a 3G and i like the apple ecosystem so it's a massive enough upgrade. my mom is upgrading from a "dumb" phone, and interestingly enough she said she's only getting it to honour Steve jobs and wouldn't have bought it for any other reason.

so yeah...there are some of us like that, too.

"This is the first time that a launch of an iPhone has occurred with three wireless carriers selling the product at the same time."

The iPhone 4 launched on 15 carriers in 5 countries. The 4S is launching on 29 carriers in 7 countries.

dp123 said,
"This is the first time that a launch of an iPhone has occurred with three wireless carriers selling the product at the same time."

The iPhone 4 launched on 15 carriers in 5 countries. The 4S is launching on 29 carriers in 7 countries.

They mean in the US

Went from iPhone 3G (lasted 2 years), Desire (~1 year) and Mozart (<1 year). Windows Phone is great, but I feel like I'm missing out on the experience I liked so much with the iPhone so I'm jumping back on board.

It looks like a great update and I really like the size of the screen. I was tempted by the Galaxy S2 but that screen is too big to be comfortable for me - really nice hardware though.

The problem with Apple news is that people hype it up too much and report on every little detail so the company can't meet expectations no matter how great the product is. I remember the same happening with iPad 1. Neowin does this far too much imo.

andrew_f said,

It looks like a great update and I really like the size of the screen. I was tempted by the Galaxy S2 but that screen is too big to be comfortable for me .

Well, maybe they could have made the screen bigger but the thing is since getting a iPad I don't seem to buy apps for the iphone anymore, I just get them on the iPad so screen size isn't as much a issue.

andrew_f said,
The problem with Apple news is that people hype it up too much and report on every little detail so the company can't meet expectations no matter how great the product is. I remember the same happening with iPad 1. Neowin does this far too much imo.

Tbh its actually the opposite, most apple news promotes that every detail is the best and suggests that apple was first and creator of said detail.
I hate the way how there are so few realistic reviews of apple ware.

Soldiers33 said,
probably only cause jobs died. Nothing else.

lol right, yeah people go and changed their phones cause Jobs has died.

Probably on target to presell a few million

Soldiers33 said,
probably only cause jobs died. Nothing else.

I think this as highly unlikely as being the reason.

Fid said,

I think this as highly unlikely as being the reason.

I think as much you may want to think that they weren't, emotions were definitely at play there! The whole episode has been very emotional for even not-so Apple fans, one can very well imagine what dedicated Apple fans must be going through!

Soldiers33 said,
probably only cause jobs died. Nothing else.

Just as I think it's retarded to change carriers for a phone, it would be even more retarded to buy a phone because someone died. So I don't think that's the case.

warwagon said,

Just as I think it's retarded to change carriers for a phone, it would be even more retarded to buy a phone because someone died. So I don't think that's the case.

Many apple fans i know are calling this device the iPhone 4Steve, and are buying it "for steve", so dont be so quick to shoot him down Jobs death has certainly played a role in the high sales.

Mohitster said,

I think as much you may want to think that they weren't, emotions were definitely at play there! The whole episode has been very emotional for even not-so Apple fans, one can very well imagine what dedicated Apple fans must be going through!

How was it emotional for anyone who didn't actually know Steve Jobs? Sure, he made one of the richest companies in the US and sure his company changed the technology world, but come one, I'm sure 99% of us never met the guy.

Everyone that I've talked to (in real life, not this internet drama) has been wanting to drop their Evo or an Android based phone for an iPhone. I can name a few family members that hate Android once they got it and waited for their contract to end just to get the iPhone.

Soldiers33 said,
probably only cause jobs died. Nothing else.

Then explain the other four iPhones that sold ridiculously well when Steve was alive.

I think you're just the type that can't accept the fact that Apple is a successful company.

NightSt@lk3r said,

Many apple fans i know are calling this device the iPhone 4Steve, and are buying it "for steve", so dont be so quick to shoot him down Jobs death has certainly played a role in the high sales.

Need I say more.

NightSt@lk3r said,

Many apple fans i know are calling this device the iPhone 4Steve, and are buying it "for steve", so dont be so quick to shoot him down Jobs death has certainly played a role in the high sales.


If this was really the case, than I have nothing more to say about all die-hard iSheep.

When I purchase a product, when it's a new computer or toilet paper. I could care less about who made. I just care about quality and whether it suits my needs.

I'm not sure how these figures compare to last year, but they probably are lower due to the fact that many people probably don't feel the need to upgrade as there isn't a radical change in design. So having a regular IP4 from last year doesn't seem "old."

BetaAddict said,

If this was really the case, than I have nothing more to say about all die-hard iSheep.

When I purchase a product, when it's a new computer or toilet paper. I could care less about who made. I just care about quality and whether it suits my needs.

I'm not sure how these figures compare to last year, but they probably are lower due to the fact that many people probably don't feel the need to upgrade as there isn't a radical change in design. So having a regular IP4 from last year doesn't seem "old."

So you don't always buy WD hard drives if you've had good experience with them in the past? You don't always go AMD? Sometimes a brand comes with certain levels of expectations, and if the brand always delivers people will keep coming back.

Also I'm pretty sure whenever Apple have their next quarterly update the iPhone 4S sales will be bigger than the iPhone 4, they said in the keynote it's going to be their fastest roll out yet and the iPhone 4 had supply issues (I Imagine the 4S will as well)

DomZ said,

So you don't always buy WD hard drives if you've had good experience with them in the past? You don't always go AMD? Sometimes a brand comes with certain levels of expectations, and if the brand always delivers people will keep coming back.

Also I'm pretty sure whenever Apple have their next quarterly update the iPhone 4S sales will be bigger than the iPhone 4, they said in the keynote it's going to be their fastest roll out yet and the iPhone 4 had supply issues (I Imagine the 4S will as well)

But I wouldn't buy a WD hard drive just because the WD CEO died!

DomZ said,

So you don't always buy WD hard drives if you've had good experience with them in the past? You don't always go AMD? Sometimes a brand comes with certain levels of expectations, and if the brand always delivers people will keep coming back.

Also I'm pretty sure whenever Apple have their next quarterly update the iPhone 4S sales will be bigger than the iPhone 4, they said in the keynote it's going to be their fastest roll out yet and the iPhone 4 had supply issues (I Imagine the 4S will as well)


My point was that the rationale some people use to buy apple products is downright amusing sometimes. There are also a lot of people who buy it just for the "cool" factor and owning something expensive. Don't get me wrong, Apple has one of the highest quality ratings on everything they sell. Even if I was on the market for a new phone, I simply couldn't justify getting IP4S for the reason that it's not the best right now, regardless of how awesome iOS5 and the updated features make the phone. There is nothing the 4S can do that my SGS2 can't do equally or better than it (lighter weight, bigger battery, faster dual core processor to name a few).

And to answer your question, no I don't always go WD just because of the label. I have a purchased wd, toshiba, and seagate hard drives, all of which I am satisfied with in ways that has nothing to do with brand names and everything to do with quality and specs of the individual product itself.

The iPhone 4S might have been something of a disappointment to some long time Apple followers who expected more from the company's next smartphone

Those people would have been disappointed even if Apple released something today that isn't thought possible for another decade or two.

.Neo said,

Those people would have been disappointed even if Apple released something today that isn't thought possible for another decade or two.

And here we go again with the trolling comments...

.Neo said,

Those people would have been disappointed even if Apple released something today that isn't thought possible for another decade or two.

Just like some people were impressed and 'amazed' when the first iPhone shipped with 5 year old technology, and missing basic phone techonlogy that people could get in a free non-smartphone from a discount store.

Everything is a bit relative, especially based on what information is available to your perspective.

Funny how little things that we had in 2002, slowly becomes the new 'innovation' (Bluetooth, Bluetooth AD2P, Voice Dialing, WiFi Sync, etc.)

Somehow once the iPhone was released all the previous generation of Smartphones stopped existing and Apple invented everything...

(Windows Smartphones in 2002 had voice dialing, voice recognition, handwriting recognition, etc.)

thenetavenger said,

Just like some people were impressed and 'amazed' when the first iPhone shipped with 5 year old technology, and missing basic phone techonlogy that people could get in a free non-smartphone from a discount store.

Everything is a bit relative, especially based on what information is available to your perspective.

Funny how little things that we had in 2002, slowly becomes the new 'innovation' (Bluetooth, Bluetooth AD2P, Voice Dialing, WiFi Sync, etc.)

Somehow once the iPhone was released all the previous generation of Smartphones stopped existing and Apple invented everything...

(Windows Smartphones in 2002 had voice dialing, voice recognition, handwriting recognition, etc.)

The original iPhone did innovate though. Visual voicemail, full web browser experience on a phone (remember WAP?), an on screen keyboard that many said "wouldn't work" until they tried it themselves, and now pretty much every phone has an onscreen keyboard. You're ignorant if you can't recognise what the original iPhone did to the industry.

thenetavenger said,

Just like some people were impressed and 'amazed' when the first iPhone shipped with 5 year old technology, and missing basic phone techonlogy that people could get in a free non-smartphone from a discount store.

Everything is a bit relative, especially based on what information is available to your perspective.

Funny how little things that we had in 2002, slowly becomes the new 'innovation' (Bluetooth, Bluetooth AD2P, Voice Dialing, WiFi Sync, etc.)

Somehow once the iPhone was released all the previous generation of Smartphones stopped existing and Apple invented everything...

(Windows Smartphones in 2002 had voice dialing, voice recognition, handwriting recognition, etc.)

And my HD7, with Mango, still cannot backup my SMS. Something that I did long before with my HD2.
You are entitled to like or dislike the iPhone, personally I dislike it, but saying that it did not change the way we interact with a cellular phone means being in denial.

Google and samsung delayed nexus prime announcement their main competition to Iphone due to steve jobs death.... but what did apple do? release iphone within few days of his death.... seems like apple dont respect steve jobs...

-=MagMan=- said,

And here we go again with the trolling comments...

What I'm saying is that the people who are disappointed with iPhone 4S would have been disappointed in pretty much any scenario because they're upholding unrealistic standards. Tell me, how is that trolling in any way?

thenetavenger said,
Somehow once the iPhone was released all the previous generation of Smartphones stopped existing and Apple invented everything...

(Windows Smartphones in 2002 had voice dialing, voice recognition, handwriting recognition, etc.)


Before the iPhone smartphones weren't mainstream nor did most people truly enjoy using them. Doesn't really matter how you turn things around the iPhone did pretty much revolutionize the way we interface with and look at our phones. Apple launched a new platform from scratch so obviously there are bound to be some lacking features. Just look at WP7: When it was released it was nowhere near as complete as Windows Mobile 6 was in terms of features.

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