Today's the day that people can begin to pre-order Apple's iPhone 4S. But getting Apple's long awaited smartphone update was more difficult than planned for the many people who stayed up to be among the first to get their orders in. Apple was supposed to launch pre-orders via its online story at 12:01 am Pacific Time (3:01 am Eastern time) today. But as News.com reports people experienced errors when they tried to order the iPhone 4S at that time. Later, Apple simply let people reserve their iPhone 4S so they could purchase it on October 14, the day of the phone's release.
The report said that pre-orders that were filed via AT&T and Sprint's web site also experienced errors with Sprint customers dealing with delays that took as long as two hours. There were also issues with AT&T's web site for people who wanted to upgrade their older phones to the new iPhone. There's no word if there were any issues with Verizon's web site today.
That would seem to prove that the iPhone 4S, despite some disappointment from some of the Apple faithful about its features, will still be a huge seller for the company if customers are flooding Apple's web site with pre-orders. Part of the reason for this year's issues might be that the iPhone 4S is launching for the first time for three wireless carriers here in the US. Previously, AT&T launched the iPhone 4, and all previous versions of the phone, all by itself in mid-2010, followed by the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 in early 2011.