by Anton Shilov
10/11/2011 | 10:06 AM
Even though Apple iPhone 4S turned out to be a minor upgrade of the year-old iPhone 4, it manage to set a record even before actual start of sales. Apple has 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 thousand held by iPhone 4.
Thanks for immediate launch of the iPhone 4S by three carriers in the U.S. as well as in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K., Apple managed to take a million of pre-orders on its iPhone 4S. Given the fact that the previous record was set in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan and the UK only, it is clear that the agiotage towards the 4S was not extreme. Still, AT&T said that it took 200 thousand of 4S pre-orders on the first day, which was a success
What remains to be seen is how successfully will Apple iPhone 4S debut on the 14th of October in retail stores (in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK). It is possible that fans of Apple will try to get their new phones on the first day to pay a tribute to Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last week. Apple started to accept pre-order on the iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, October 7, two days after Mr. Jobs died.
Apple’s fifth generation smartphone - the iPhone 4S - is made of glass and steel and sports 3.5” "retina" display with 960*640 resolution. The iPhone 4S is based on Apple A5 system-on-chip with two ARM Cortex-A9 cores with NEON SIMD accelerators, dual core PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics adapter and some other advantages. The Apple iPhone 4S supports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and dual-band CDMA/EV-DO and features up to 14.4Mb/s download speed and up to 5.8Mb/s upload speed. Apple iPhone packs an backside illuminated CMOS 8MP sensor with 3264*2448 resolution and a proprietary five element lens. The camera sports a large f/2.4 aperture, an advanced hybrid IR filter and 1080p HD video recording capability with image stabilization feature
Apple iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5 mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features. The iPhone 4S also introduces Siri, an intelligent assistant that understands context allowing to speak naturally when asking it questions. Siri helps to make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, make notes, search the Internet, find local businesses, get directions and more.
iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the new 64GB model. The iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select resellers.
iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.