While it may have looked like the iPhone 4S was going to be met with mediocre sales, Apple has announced that the they have sold 1 million iPhone 4S devices in the first 24 hours.
The announcement that they have moved this many units in such a short time period is a bit surprising considering the ho-hum reaction it received. But, it is hard to argue with the facts and considering that they moved 1 million units in the first 24 hours speaks volume about how popular the device is with the general consumer.
The bigger surprise is that the iPhone 4S topped that of even the iPhone 4, which had 600k pre-orders in the first 24 hours. Apple states:
Apple today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.
The iPhone 4S came approximately 18 months after the release of the iPhone 4. With improved internals and Siri, it would look like Apple has another blockbuster device on its hands.