iPhone 4S Launch Weekend Sales Top 4 Million

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Apple’s launch weekend sales numbers for the iPhone 4S topped 4 million units, more than double the number of iPhone 4 units sold during its launch weekend. Apple began selling the iPhone 4S in stores on Friday, October 14 at 8AM.

“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” commented Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller.

iPhone 4S line in San FranciscoCustomers wait in line outside Apple’s San Francisco Apple Store for the iPhone 4S

Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S during a media event earlier this month. The new model uses the same body design as the iPhone 4, but includes a dual core A5 processor, a new antenna design, better battery life, built-in combination GSM and CDMA cell network support, an 8 megapixel camera, Siri voice control, and more.

Customers lined up early for the chance to be among the first to get their hands on an iPhone 4S, and lines remained steady through launch day.

Along with 4 million iPhones sold, Apple also said that over 25 million people have already upgraded to iOS 5. The operating system update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was released as a free download on October 12, two days ahead of the iPhone 4S launch.

The iPhone 4S is available with a black or white body in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The models are priced at US$199, $299 and $399, respectively.

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Comments

Intruder

A clear failure.

mrmwebmax

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A clear failure.

My thoughts exactly. So much for the pundits out there, as well as fans of a certain other smartphone platform. As for me, personally, I wasn’t going to upgrade, but Siri, and the improved camera, are too much to resist. I’m eligable for an upgrade on Dec. 1, and am looking forward to a 32GB black 4S. smile

barryotoole

Failure is what you get when introducing a marginally improved product, Apple!

I upgraded fit these reasons:

? 64GB: I can now store almost all of my iTunes library. Bye, bye, iPod Classic.
? 8MP: I pretty much ditched my P&S with iP4, now I’m going to sell it


These are marginal issues to me for the upgrade:

? Siri: it’ll certainly be fun, I yet have to see how it incorporates into my life/workflow
? A5: since I’m not a gamer, the A4 was adequate for me. Maybe I don’t know yet.

RonMacGuy

too much to resist

Me too!!  I gave my wife my Verizon iPhone 4, and preordered (and received) my 4S on Friday using her upgrade.  I hope to space each upgrade accordingly - I get my iPhone 5 in Fall 2012, give wife my 4S, and sell her 4, and so on, and so on!!

mrmwebmax

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Me too!!? I gave my wife my Verizon iPhone 4, and preordered (and received) my 4S on Friday using her upgrade.? I hope to space each upgrade accordingly - I get my iPhone 5 in Fall 2012, give wife my 4S, and sell her 4, and so on, and so on!!

When I upgrade to the 4S, I’ll still have my 4, plus a 3G. Neither the 4, nor 3G will be useable as phones, of course, but maybe you or someone else here can answer this: Can a deactivated iPhone be used with the “Find my iPhone” feature of iOS? I haven’t set up Find My iPhone yet, but from what I read, if my activated (say iPhone 4S) goes missing, I’ll need another iOS device to locate it. Will I be able to use one of my older, deactivated iPhones to do this?

RonMacGuy

mrmgraphics, actually I think you would just log into icloud.com and find it from there. Can do this from any web browser.

But, I think I’ve heard of people using deactivated iPhones on wifi with no problem. So, icloud should still work with iPhones deactivated from cell service so long as they are on wifi. But, I’m not an expert yet, so this is just my conjecture.

Update:  Just logged into icloud.com, ran “Find my iPhone” and it found both my iPad and my iPhone 4S. Didn’t find my wife’s iPhone 4, so I logged in using her Apple ID and it found her phone no problem. Would be nice if you could link multiple Apple IDs together to show entire family’s phones.

mrmwebmax

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Update:? Just logged into icloud.com, ran ?Find my iPhone? and it found both my iPad and my iPhone 4S. Didn?t find my wife?s iPhone 4, so I logged in using her Apple ID and it found her phone no problem. Would be nice if you could link multiple Apple IDs together to show entire family?s phones.

Thanks for the info. I’d much rather use my iMac to find it, anyway. I was unaware that it could work through iCloud, but that alone now gives me good reason to upgrade to iOS 5/iCloud.

RonMacGuy

Glad to help!! With three daughters using iPad at grandma’s or cousins’ or friends’ houses, I’ve used MobileMe to locate iPad on several occasions. I’m sure iCloud version will be new and improved. Cool thing is you can send beeping sound to track iPad down. Or I can also Skype it and follow the sound!!

hangtown

RonMacGuy:

“Would be nice if you could link multiple Apple IDs together to show entire family?s phones.”

You can, it’s a new app from Apple and available in the app store called Find my Friends. Everyone sets up their copy, adds each other as friends, and you’re ready to go.

Ross Edwards

I hope to space each upgrade accordingly

This is the key to staying current with smartphone technology on the cheap.  I keep four lines on my Verizon account, and I am the primary.  (My wife is next, and then my retiree parents who only care about having dumbphones.)  My upgrade cycle is 14 months, while theirs are each 20 months.  The upshot of that is that I can have a new phone, qualified for the subsidy, every 5 months.  And since there isn’t a new iPhone that often, sometimes the subsidies stack up and I can get both me and wife the latest and greatest upon a new release.  (For example, her current contract pops just after the start of the year, so she will get her 4S then.)

Anyone who can stack up multiple lines on their account that way should do it—you get the subsidy cascade going AND the monthly service cost per line is lower as well.

Lee Dronick

Neither the 4, nor 3G will be useable as phones, of course

I think that we can make 911 calls from an unactivated phone be it an iPhone or other.

On Saturday my wife and I each ordered a new iPhone 4s.

My iPhone 3G is too ragged to be sold or donated so I plan to use it as an iPod Touch and camera until such time that it croaks. As you may remember it fell out of my short pocket and into a swirling toilet. Fortunately is was clean water, I would have grabbed it anyway, but water never the less.

My wife’s iPhone 3G is probably salable, but the current plan is to donate it to a friend of ours. Nothing firmed up yet though.

Jamie

Chant with me: TAKE THAT, ANALYSTS! wink

For those of us that came up with Apple during the ‘beleaguered’ days, this is just desserts, not evil creepery. I think Google actually owns the patent on that one, anyway. wink

wab95

Anyone who can stack up multiple lines on their account that way should do it?you get the subsidy cascade going AND the monthly service cost per line is lower as well.

While sound advice, when you have a tech-savvy household (especially teens), it gets harder to foist older tech (specifically ‘hand-me-downs’) onto them without having the ‘fairness’ discussion. Even my mum, who is on our account, wants the latest and greatest, so each gets their due. Fortunately, I am due for an upgrade, which I will execute when I get home. I have resolved, however, that I may have to start non-subsidised purchasing if I lack the discipline to wait my turn (so far, not a problem, but we haven’t seen the 5 yet).

What I have found is that the upgrade cycle encourages youthful responsibility in our household, resulting in fewer lost phones, etc; an upgrade being a very nice incentive indeed.

This time around, I get the 4S, my wife will get hers when she’s up, I hand my son my old 3GS (since he lost his in Russia this summer - not likely to get that one back) and both kids and grandmother bide their time until next year.

wab95

My iPhone 3G is too ragged to be sold or donated so I plan to use it as an iPod Touch and camera until such time that it croaks.

That may be true, but if you want to offload it, gazelle may be an option. They seem to have a wide status tolerance.

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