Apple: Over 1 Million iPhone 4S Preorders on First Day

Preorder sales for the iPhone 4S topped a million units during the first 24 hours of availability, breaking the previous single-day preorder record of 600,000 for the iPhone 4. 

Apple and its cell service partners in several countries began iPhone 4S preorder sales on Friday, October 7. The company’s newest iPod and smartphone combo will be available in stores on October 14.

iPhone 4SOver 1 million sold, and that’s just preorders

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” commented Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller. “The first day preorders 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.”

With over a million iPhones preordered in 24 hours, it’s no surprise that shipping times for new orders have slipped beyond this Friday’s launch date. Customers can expect one to two week shipping delays from Apple, and up to a three week delay from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

Apple introduced the iPhone 4S during a special media event earlier this week. 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.

The iPhone 4S is available in black or white and is priced at US$199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model.