October 18, 2011
Record 4 M iPhone 4S Smartphones Sold During First Weekend
Apple Inc. announced on Monday that it had sold more than 4 million of its new iPhone 4S smartphones during its weekend launch, setting an all-time sales record for the device.
The figures are more than double the 1.7 million iPhone 4 devices purchased by customers during last year's opening weekend. However, a direct comparison is hard to make since this year's iPhone 4S launch included sales from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain, while last year's launch did not include Australia and Canada.
Also, this year marks the first time that the iPhone was launched on multiple carriers within the U.S., whereas last year´s launch of the iPhone 4 was carried exclusively by AT&T. Verizon began selling the iPhone 4 earlier this year.
The iPhone 4S is also the first iPhone to be available for use on the Sprint network.
"IPhone 4S is off to a great start," Philip Schiller, Apple's marketing chief, said in a statement.
"IPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever."
Apple also said that more than 25 million customers have downloaded or purchased a device with iOS 5, the new mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Some 20 million of them have also signed up for Apple´s new online storage and syncing service known as iCloud, CNET reported.
Although the new iPhone 4S appears physically the same as the iPhone 4, it includes a new, faster A5 processor, which debuted in the iPad 2. It also includes an 8-megapixel camera, a better antenna, and Siri, a new voice command software touted as a personal on-board assistant, which has received glowing reviews.
Apple's stellar weekend figures were not completely unexpected.
AT&T reported on Friday that it had activated a record number of iPhone 4S devices on its network by the end of the day, and was on track to double the previous single-day record.
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