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Apple iPhone 4S pre-orders break the 1 million barrier on day 1

0. phoneArena 10 Oct 2011, 08:17 posted on

Apple iPhone 4S pre-orders have just broken another record - 1 million units in a single day. The iPhone 4S has trumped the previous record holder, the iPhone 4, which sold in 600,000 units…

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posted on 10 Oct 2011, 19:23 1

78. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

apple no longer makes the best smartphones ho. but the operating system for mobile devices, thats another argument thats often fought with emotion from all sides

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:40

64. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@owlet. The iphone's success is taking ridiculously long, because it's not merely a hype. But of course you don't see that because you're only hating and hating :-) The iphone is selling because it is a very good product. Just compare customer satisfaction ratings between the iphone and top android OEMs. The iphone remains on top, while android OEMs I believe is at 3rd place. Even Blackberry is doing better than android on satisfaction ratings. Just think will ya :-)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 09:16

18. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

Couldn't agree more with GixxerRider311. I'm currently an Android user, but since I need two phones I'm looking forward to getting an iPhone so that I can directly compare the two OS and benefit from the advantages of both.
I wonder how many of these record sales are an emotional reaction to Steve Jobs' passing and how many of these people would have bought the phone anyway..

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 09:19 2

19. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

Last year there was only AT&T selling the iPhone 4 on release date... now there are three carriers, but only double the number of pre-orders??

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:52 3

36. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

You're right 1 million sold in one day is a FAIL! Come on guys yes we are winning!

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:57 1

39. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

Right, because that's exactly what I said... oh wait, it wasn't. Proud of your ability to create bullsh*t that's extrapolated from logic? Well done.

Go troll somewhere else.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:42

65. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@will. Try to sell android devices in one or two carriers only, with only one phone every year, and with one OEM only, and let's see what happens with the android marketshare :-)

But of course you don't want to look at it that way because you like android to expand and expand, while you don't like the iphone to expand to other carriers right? That's why you came up with your biased and stupid comment, not realizing that your android OS is on every single carrier and every single OEM on every single category from low end to high end. But that's ok right? LOL.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:12

24. JT (unregistered)

Should get the iphone4s or wait for the Nexus Prime???? Im still stuck with the Motorola Droid & I wanna get the best phone.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:06 2

29. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

I would recommend the Nexus Prime... but my grandfather called me because he finally wants to get a smartphone and I recommended the iPhone4.

There is no best phone. It's preference.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:16

25. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

this is some BS!

I work for verizon, i had hundreds of ppl coming and asking for IPHONE 4 8GB,
Ppl did mention the iphone 4S but they picked the Iphone 4 either the 8 or 16 gig.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:46

66. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@habib. Oh yes, we will believe you, and we won't believe Verizon's statements :-)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:19 1

26. SpanishDeveloper (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)

I think the Steve Jobs dead has a lot to do with these figures.

I have the iPhone 4 since its launch date here in Spain and, honestly, I was very dissapointed with the 4S introduction.

I wanted, like almost all, a completly new iPhone.

I'm not going to buy the 4S, I will wait until the iPhone 5 comes out.


posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:13 2

30. ThisIsDifferent (unregistered)

Apart from the fact that iPhone4S does not have a bigger screen, it does not lack *ANYTHING*.
Honestly, may be there is a technical reason. Maybe, they cannot still mass produce bigger screens at the same retina display PPI.

I have compared iPhone 4S with SGS2 multiple times. Every time, iPhone comes out as a much more refined product.

But, in my heart, I like the unorganized Android.

So, when iPhone5 comes out with retina display and bigger screen, it will be a thing of beauty.

iPhone4S is more software than hardware. So, I'll reserve real judgement till I play around with iOS 5, which can be the real show stealer.

If iOS5 is really really good, next year, Apple can crank out beautiful hardware based on iOS5. (iPhone5, iPad3). in the longer run, I think iOS can eve improve Apple TV.

So, this is a transition phase. Apple is playing safe, and really good.

At the end of the day, a good user *experience* is wonderful software running on excellent hardware....

But, i'm clear about what I'm going to buy. Either iPhone4S, if the software is really good, or the Nexus on AT&T when it comes out. So, it is going to be unadulterated Apple or Google. Cut the rest of the crap :-)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:25 1

32. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

" it does not lack *ANYTHING*."

4G? ... excluding AT&T's semi-4G speeds...

And how can you have compared the iPhone 4S to the SGS2 if it isn't out yet? Just on paper? Since you haven't played around with iOS 5, which you claim is the majority of the new phone, how is it more refined than the SGS2?

That's just like me saying "The Nexus with ICS will blow the iP4S out of the water!"... I don't say that, because I won't know until I can touch it and see for myself. Assuming gets us nowhere.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:39 1

34. ThisIsDifferent (unregistered)

Sorry, I meant, compared iPhone4 with SG2. Typo there. That is why I said:

"So, I'll reserve real judgement till I play around with iOS 5, which can be the real show stealer."

And so far, 4G on AT&T is a joke. And I don't mind waiting a few months till the infrastructure is worked out, and the hardware is improved to offer good battery life with 4G. So, NO. I Don't miss 4G on iPhone4S.
But, that is just me. I don't like afterthought features on my phone which are unoptimized for realtime use.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:52 2

37. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

Ah that makes way more sense. I was confused because I thought you were contradicting yourself. Thanks for the clarification.

I do agree that 4G on AT&T is a joke. But LTE on VZW is pretty awesome. I still think the 4S was designed for a June release, which would have placed it in a time where LTE wasn't as far along and phones weren't expected to be LTE. If the iPhone 5 doesn't have native 4G for all of its carriers, then I'll be disappointed.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:20

43. ThisIsDifferent (unregistered)

Yes. I was talking just about AT&T. Have been with AT&T throughout.

And another reason I don't care about 4G is, when I'm not on wi-fi, I just check business mails and do emergency browsing. And I'm on wifi except when I'm driving. So, faster carrier speeds don't mean much to me...

But, it is just me :-)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:50

67. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Let me guess. You probably bought an HDTV 4 years ago when HD signals were not even widespread, right? Just so you could brag that you have an HDTV, lol.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:37 3

33. Coach (unregistered)

I currently own a Droid II and overall enjoyed the phone. But as technology advances I am ready for a new device, never owned an Apple product in my life. I have studied all the devices and their specs and Friday will switch to the Iphone 4s. I am not drinking the Apple water (I am a business owner and understand sales & marketing). The device is not perfect and I would like a little bigger screen and 4G but all things considered I believe it is the best phone currently on the market. Sorry Android fans!

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:23 3

44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

According to fandroids people like you don't exist. All Apple users are brain dead morons that are controlled by Apple and just waiting for the next product launch so they can get in line.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:38 1

46. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:54 1

47. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

Wait till you actually play with it for a couple of days before you commit. You could feel differently when you have one in your hands. I got an iphone 4 the day it came out on Verizon and after being an owner of an android phone I was just so disappointed. But again, you might think it's the best.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:02 1

40. AbsentbebniM (unregistered)

I fully agree that a large part of the success is due to the launch on 3 carriers simultaneously.

I find it amusing that there are so many comments about the lack of a real upgrade and that the average person that doesn't really follow Apple won't distinguish the difference, yet no one comments that all 3 carriers are selling the iPhone 4 along side the 4S. If I am online shopping and see no real benefit to the extra $100 requested for 2 similar products, I choose the cheaper of the 2. As pointed out, Apple isn't forcing the market, they used the incremental upgrade to position themselves to cover multiple price points. The greed of consumers to have what boils down to not much more than bragging rights for extras like more storage (which only proves their ignorance in regard to the increasing usefulness and value of the cloud) is not any fault of Apple's. If they didn't offer a 32GB/64GB, there'd be at least as many people complaining.

I've been a machead for some time now and it still amazes me how many people still argue about the closed nature of Apple software. There have always been options to customize the experience; whether it be via AppleScripts, RegEdits, or truly digging into the Unix level. The issue is more that people just don't want to take the time to learn it because its different... and yet I see a lot of these same people flock to new programming languages with at least as much fervor as any machead or fanboy waiting in line outside an Apple Store.

Open source your thinking and take a look at the full picture before passing judgment.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:55

68. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@absent. And why is android's market share bigger than the iphone again? And android is available on how many carriers again? And how many android OEMs are there? And how many android models get released every month again and every year? But of course iphone users can't use your logic on why android has a bigger market share than ios right? Only android fanboys can bring up that the iphone is now on 3 carriers, hahahahahaha

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:37 3

45. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

One of the best selling Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S II, registered 10 million units sold in five months, an impressive figure which nonetheless pales in comparison.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:09 2

48. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

That wasn't even 10 million sold. It was 10 million shipped to retail locations.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:28 1

53. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Samsung Galaxy SII IIRC also is sold to less overall mobile customers.

Regardless of the fact that there are hundreds of different Android devices, only one iOS device.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:16 3

49. TheFinal (unregistered)

I'm neither an Android or Iphone fanboy but I think all the hype is way to much. All the articles are comparing apples to oranges and throws logic out the door. If you were to compare The day 1 sales of the Iphone 4s and lets say the GS2's first day sales on all of the carriers like they did wit the iphone4s I think you'd be surprised at the actual numbers. As sales tend to drop after the first Month or two of something coming out it would make a lot more sense to do a lets say, the first month comparison and then half a year later. Also since the S2 was delivered at different stages you can't really see the day 1 stats. Logic on these sites for the most part goes out the door and personal feelings and such tend to be the "new logic".

As for the personal part I have the Iphone4 and galaxy s2 and I prefer the GS2 a lot more because of its ability to be customizable. I for one am a fan of options. It all comes down to preference, if you like something that is simple and smooth then Iphone is surly for you.

Also Taco please start using logic in your arguments, the simple and Neanderthal way to what you say is pointless and has no valid arguments just crass opinions.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 18:01

96. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

well said mate, your like me I like lots of option which is why i prefer android

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:20 3

50. dara (unregistered)

one thing: Steve Jobs death..hell it was the most buzzed about thing in internet history.
That alone made masses of isheeps, as well as the good number of intrigued emotional impulsive people who never used iPhone before, to press the order button.

second thing: as always, there is a lot more idiotic buyers than intelligent, well informed ones..and apple is a true master of targeting the former.
I mean, we can argue about mill
ion things but not about the fact that readily giving your money for the most expensive phone that looks, feels and works almost exactly like the one you already have - is idiotic.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 02:24

90. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

Since I consider myself a part of the "intrigued emotional impulsive people" I would like to comment on some of your points.
First, I think it's not about "idiotic buyers" vs. "well informed ones", but about tech geeks vs ordinary users. There are lots of intelligent people who are not very much into technology and smartphones. It is these people that Apple targets, not least because idiots usually don't have the income to get an iPhone. That's especially true for smaller, poorer countries, where you need to have a pretty decent job to be able to buy a high end smartphone.
Second, the 4S will not feel and work "exactly" like the iPhone 4, because it has new features, both hardware and software. If your point is that the look of the OS is unchanged, then it "looks, feels and works" almost like the 3G and 3GS as well. But it doesn't. There are millions of people out there who don't care about 4+" screens or even 4G speeds. They just want a reliable and dependable tool for communication and consuming some media content. Most of them though will notice the better camera and convenience of Siri. And since many people like the iPhone 4's looks (both hardware and software), there's no need to fix what isn't broken.
My point is that there are enough reasons to buy a 4S for many people, who are not idiots. They just prefer their phone tuned by the manufacturer, rather than fiddle to customize it themselves. And that preference doesn't make one a fool or a sheep. However, insulting those who make a different choice from ours pretty much does.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 18:03

97. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

lmao that was funny

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:48 2

51. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Who cares,,,

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:29

61. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

apple sells 1 million phone each day !
in one year every american will own one iphone
in two years every american cat and dog will have also one iphone !

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 18:13

71. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Not just Americans ivan. The iphone is selling really well in other countries as well :-)

Your arms are already pretty big, maybe you should start focusing more on your brain :-)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:58

69. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Hahahahaha, android fanboys are getting so frustrated with the iphone's success. But of course they never learn no matter how many times they've been proven wrong over and over again. Android fanboys are shameless,ewwwwww.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 19:32

80. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

i wonder, what is your definition of an android fanboy?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 20:01 2

81. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I think it's anyone who doesn't worship the iPhone. I say that because many Blackberry, WebOS and Windows fans have also been attacked and labeled as Android fanboys or Phandroids.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 05:19 2

91. dara (unregistered)

@iWallE - Good try, but I'm sticking to every bit of what I wrote.
Say that 60 percent of those who pre ordered the 4s already have a 4.
That's 600 000 people. That's many millions of those who will take their shiny new iPhone 4s over their shiny old iPhone 4.
Oh wait. They will pay more for it, than they would for pretty much any other shiny new phone there is.
Oh wait. Pay for what?
For exactly the same looking phone. With exactly the same screen. (You were mentioning media content? Now which size is better for that..a 3.5 or 4 inch? A 3.5 or..3.7 inch? I hope you get where I'm going) ..for a screen that, for many millions of them, doesn't tell the difference between their old 5 and their new 8 megapixels, between their old HD and their new full HD video.
For a dual core processor that improves on what?- an already silky smooth operation they had.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but siri is a part of iOS 5..an OS that will readily land on the iPhone 4.

So you go run buy an iPhone 4s.
Pay much more than you would for a shiny new iPhone 4.
Go pay the same amount that apple will ask you for their iPhone 5, 7 months from now.
Go help filling apple's outrageously full pockets, stuff your money to them, for their hard work over the past 16 months.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 14:55

95. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

The thing with iphones is they have no competition on their own OS, whilst say for example Samsung have competition from HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola on Android.

If it was a straight head to head battle between say Samsung with Android and Apple with IOS then I think Samsung SGS2 would sell way more than iphone.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 10:47

98. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Okay, I've been busy lately - but it appears that the iSheep stupidity has reached a new record. 1 million people pre-ordered an iPhone 4 with a better camera, a slightly better antenna (good luck hitting that 14.4 while still on a 3G network LOL) and another core for the processor. Everything else is completely the same.

But what about Siri, you would say? Surely this feature is only exclusive to the iPhone 4S, right? WRONG. It's absolutely a given that Siri WILL be ported at least to the iPhone 4 (both the 4 and the 4S have the same 512 MB of memory reportedly), if not both to the 4 and the 3GS. It's just an upgrade for an existing feature - voice control.

1 Million iSheep. 1 million idiots. And I can't even imagine how many more will follow.

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