iPhone 4S advance preorders close at half-million sales [in US], now shipping 1-2 weeks

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    Oct 08, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    http://www.beatweek.com/news/9593-iphone-4s-advance-preorders-close-at-half-million-sales-now-1-2-weeks/

    Apple has suspended advance preorders of the iPhone 4S less than twenty-four hours after they begun, informing customers who place online orders that it’ll now be a post-order of sorts, with the device not shipping for one to two weeks, placing its arrival later than the October 14th retail launch date. Those who didn’t sneak their order in on time will now need to brave retail crowds if they want an iPhone 4S in their hands on the 14th. Why did Apple pull the plug so quickly? AT&T reports that it received more than two hundred thousand 4S preorders from its existing and new customers, a far greater number than the iPhone 4 notched last year (for the record, the iPhone 4 on all three U.S. carriers is still available for preorder for October 14th delivery). [AT&T is now projecting 14-21 days for new orders.] That kind of high volume suggests that Apple quickly blew through the iPhone 4S inventory it allotted for advance online orders and now wants to hang onto the remaining inventory for its upcoming retail launch. Based on overall carrier size, Verizon can be assumed to have notched roughly the same number of preorders, while smaller Sprint may have scored half that much, adding up to a cool half million estimated iPhone 4 preorders in half a day in the United States alone. So much for the notion of the iPhone 4S being a flop…

    Initial reaction to the iPhone 4S was mixed, with its specs telling the story of a strong if not quite triumphant leap forward but its suspiciously familiar hardware design leaving iPhone 4 users wondering why they were being asked to swallow the exact same body style two years in a row. The fact that the 4S isn’t an “iPhone 5″ combined with the fact that it took sixteen months to come to market instead of the usual twelve month gap between iPhones managed to add up to perhaps unreachable expectations for Apple’s new leadership, who on top of it all had to hold the iPhone 4S event on a day in which they knew Steve Jobs was days or hours from death; he passed away the following day. The death of Jobs has rightly become a larger story than the 4S vs 5 debate, but rather than 4S sales taking a hit from the diluted focus, the number of preorders thus far points to the iPhone 4S being certainly the largest launch in Apple history and perhaps the largest launch in consumer tech history – if not in significance, then in sales numbers. Still, some will point to the iPhone 5 as being the one they’re waiting for, despite knowing next to nothing about the future device…

    That hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands of customers from placing their iPhone 4S orders already, suggesting that the initial pie in the sky expectations for the new iPhone have since been met with the realistic assessment that it is in fact a major step forward over the iPhone 4 in most measurable categories. It’s also a flying leap ahead of the iPhone 3GS and 3G, giving those users an opportunity to leapfrog their iPhone 4 brethren and latch onto the latest generation. The iPhone 4S also represents the first iPhone to ever surface on Sprint, and the first iPhone to come to Verizon on its launch day (as opposed to the late arriving Verizon iPhone 4). With a safe estimate of half a million people already claiming the iPhone 4S for themselves in the United States alone ahead of its launch, attention now turns to the retail debut. The two primary questions are whether Apple has manufactured enough inventory to meet retail demand, and whether retail demand ends up being as strong as preorder demand.
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    Oct 09, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    iPhone 4S Launch Day Preorders Sold Out at Online Apple Store

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    As the adage goes, you snooze on an iPhone preorder, you lose on an iPhone preorder. The online Apple Store has updated its shipping estimates for the company's new iPhone 4S, and it appears that users ordering the device right now aren't going to be able to pick one up on launch day.

    Previously, the Apple Store had listed a firm delivery date for those ordering: October 14, or next Friday, which marks the first day that consumers will be able to get their hands on the company's upgraded version of the iPhone 4. Apple has since updated its online store to indicate that customers preordering the new smartphone – as of this article's writing – can expect their devices to be shipped in anywhere from one to two weeks.

    In other words, the launch day stock is sold out – via Apple's online store, at least.

    Those looking to score an iPhone 4S can still attempt the tried-and-true method of getting to Apple stores super-early Friday morning and waiting in line. According to Mashable's Charlie White, there are already three people currently queuing for an iPhone 4S at Apple's 5th Avenue store in New York City. Two of them have been waiting for a total of 12 days.

    While that sounds a little extreme, some kind of a camp out (or, at least, early arrival) might be worth the effort for interested iPhone 4S owners: According to AT&T, preorders for the smartphone have made the iPhone 4S the company's most successful iPhone launch to date. The carrier has racked up more than 200,000 preorders within the smartphone's first 12 hours of pre-availability, which officially began just this past Friday.

    Both Verizon and Sprint – the other two announced carriers supporting the iPhone 4S – have not released presales figures at this point.

    Analysts are expecting Apple to hit the ball out of the park this holiday quarter: Brian White, an analyst at Ticonderoga, is calling for total iPhone sales to reach around 27 million smartphones between October and December. That figure is relatively matched by estimates from Brad Gastwirth of ABR Investment Strategy, who puts total sales at 28 million iPhones in the fourth quarter – 10 million of which he's expecting to come from the iPhone 4S.

    In total, IHS iSuppli Design is calling for the worldwide iPhone market to hit 83.6 million units in 2011.
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    Oct 09, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    I decided against pre-ordering one and will attempt to get one the day of release. I'll have to arrive at work a bit late since the Apple store opens at 8, which is when I'm supposed to start work.

    My other option is a nearby Sprint store, and someone on the phone said they will open at 6. But I'm going to double-check in person to be sure.
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    I don't think there will be a shortage or much demand. The 4S is pretty underwhelming. Much like the 3GS was back when it was released. Don't bother camping out. Just go to your nearest Apple/ATT/Verizon/Sprint store during your lunch break at work, and you'll get one without a fuss.
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    I'm surprised that it is getting so many pre-orders. It seems like an underwhelming upgrade for current users. I'm still planning to get one, but I've never had one before. I don't plan to pre-order. I'll just pick one up whenever I feel like it.
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    Yawn. Good for Apple. Moving on with my life.
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    Oct 09, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    I never had an iPhone before, so this will be an upgrade for me. Currently I use Samsung's Epic 4G phone, and another member here was right to call it a sh*tty phone.

    The biggest reason for me to get this phone is so I don't need to carry both my phone and iPod to work with me. Even though I can put music on my phone, for some reason I don't care to store music on it. The ipod has a better interface for it.

    Also I'm good at changing my iPod, whereas my phone's battery is pretty low all the time since I infrequently use it.
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    Oct 09, 2011 8:45 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't think there will be a shortage or much demand. The 4S is pretty underwhelming. Much like the 3GS was back when it was released. Don't bother camping out. Just go to your nearest Apple/ATT/Verizon/Sprint store during your lunch break at work, and you'll get one without a fuss.

    The pre-order figures are the largest to date, so it is hard to imagine the basis for your suggestion that getting one on launch day will be easy. As far as underwhelming, there are different opinions on that. The screen could have been larger, but what some wanted, slimmer with LTE and better battery life does not look possible right now because of the situation with the current LTE chips.

    http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/10/apple-sells-nearly-all-iphone-4s-first-stock
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    Oct 09, 2011 10:23 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidAT&T reports that it received more than two hundred thousand 4S preorders from its existing and new customers...


    Half a million estimated pre-orders in the United States alone is impressive. However, to put things into perspective, android receives 1 million phone activations per day, every day.

    http://www.infotechblogs.com/2011/10/android-activation-reached-1-million.html

    I think the jury is still out on how successful the iphone 4s will be, especially against the surging competition.
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't think there will be a shortage or much demand. The 4S is pretty underwhelming. Much like the 3GS was back when it was released. Don't bother camping out. Just go to your nearest Apple/ATT/Verizon/Sprint store during your lunch break at work, and you'll get one without a fuss.



    The 4S is a completely new phone inside, the only thing thats missing is an unnecessary redesign. I'm sure a lot of those people camping out actually understand what the big difference is.
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    What does this mean for the iPHONE 5G? I'm with Sprint and have a Blackberry I'm dying to replace.
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent saidWhat does this mean for the iPHONE 5G? I'm with Sprint and have a Blackberry I'm dying to replace.



    Same boat as you. I've had a blackberry for 3 yrs+ and Im ready for the switch even if other Techies arent appealed by this newest release. For us it will be a good change. I hear for Sprint it it very expensive to get it, not sure if thats related to your Upgrade eligility or not. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 09, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
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    BlkMuscleGent saidWhat does this mean for the iPHONE 5G? I'm with Sprint and have a Blackberry I'm dying to replace.



    Same boat as you. I've had a blackberry for 3 yrs+ and Im ready for the switch even if other Techies arent appealed by this newest release. For us it will be a good change. I hear for Sprint it it very expensive to get it, not sure if thats related to your Upgrade eligility or not. icon_biggrin.gif


    I'm eligible for an upgrade. I want to get an iPHONE asap, but I'd rather wait for the iPHONE 5G if it will hit the market within the next 6 months.
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    Oct 09, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    I'm on T-Mobile and a Blackberry because I have been holding out to get an iPhone because they keep saying that T-Mobile is to merge with AT&T and it will become available. But I am tired of waiting, so I'm switching to Verizon to get the new iPhone 4S. Can't hold out any longer.

    You guys who have an iPhone with Verizon, are you satisfied with the coverage, service, and cost? With my business, I pretty much need unlimited everything in terms of a plan.
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    Oct 09, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidI don't think there will be a shortage or much demand. The 4S is pretty underwhelming. Much like the 3GS was back when it was released. Don't bother camping out. Just go to your nearest Apple/ATT/Verizon/Sprint store during your lunch break at work, and you'll get one without a fuss.

    The 4S is a completely new phone inside, the only thing thats missing is an unnecessary redesign. I'm sure a lot of those people camping out actually understand what the big difference is.

    Agree completely. From what I read, the main areas of disappointments are not being slimmer, not having a larger screen, and not having LTE. I doubt being slimmer at this point is feasible without sacrificing battery capacity. You can argue about a larger screen. Regarding LTE, it does not appear to be feasible at this time unless you are willing to have a larger unit and/or pay for lower battery life. The current LTE chips are power-hungry. This thread has a link to an excellent article on the LTE situation.
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1862448 Based on that, I don't think we will see it in an iPhone 5 before the end of next summer at the earliest.
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    Oct 09, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    It's always surprises me how so many people become victims of marketing hype. Every iPhone launch is deemed a sellout and carriers state astronomical pre sale numbers sending consumers into a frenzy! I've always avoided camping outside and either have gone during my lunch break or after work and gotten my iPhone and/or iPad on the release date without fuss.
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    Oct 09, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    CuriousOne saidIt's always surprises me how so many people become victims of marketing hype. Every iPhone launch is deemed a sellout and carriers state astronomical pre sale numbers sending consumers into a frenzy! I've always avoided camping outside and either have gone during my lunch break or after work and gotten my iPhone and/or iPad on the release date without fuss.

    Did you pre-order for pick-up? Otherwise, your location may be different, but based on many reports that I recall, that would not have been possible at any Apple or AT&T store in Southern California, and as I recall, Northern California as well for launches of iPhone 4, orig iPad, and iPad 2.
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    Oct 09, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    Darn I just renewed my 2 years contract w/ AT&T last month Sept. 15. for IPhone 4. I wish I can exchange it to IPhone 4S. It looks so good w/ voice command. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 09, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    I preordered the moment it went live. Can't wait!
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    Oct 09, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    str8hardbody9 saidDarn I just renewed my 2 years contract w/ AT&T last month Sept. 15. for IPhone 4. I wish I can exchange it to IPhone 4S. It looks so good w/ voice command. icon_rolleyes.gif

    It may vary by state, but you might be able to return it within 30 days.
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    Oct 09, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    CuriousOne saidIt's always surprises me how so many people become victims of marketing hype.


    Says the guy with silver duct tape over his mouth and NOH8 on his face.
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    Oct 09, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    i pre-ordered the iPhone 3gs when it camr out and still had to wait in a line.
    Tho I will get the 4s, im not pre-ordering it, i'll just wait a month or two after the release and get it then
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    Oct 09, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
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    CuriousOne saidIt's always surprises me how so many people become victims of marketing hype.


    Says the guy with silver duct tape over his mouth and NOH8 on his face.


    Exactly! But CuriousOne is hot ;).
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    Oct 09, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
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    BlkMuscleGent saidWhat does this mean for the iPHONE 5G? I'm with Sprint and have a Blackberry I'm dying to replace.



    Same boat as you. I've had a blackberry for 3 yrs+ and Im ready for the switch even if other Techies arent appealed by this newest release. For us it will be a good change. I hear for Sprint it it very expensive to get it, not sure if thats related to your Upgrade eligility or not. icon_biggrin.gif


    I'm eligible for an upgrade. I want to get an iPHONE asap, but I'd rather wait for the iPHONE 5G if it will hit the market within the next 6 months.


    I doubt the iPhone5 will get released within the next six months. Usually it's yearly and this was their longest gap since last release. Plus like I said for us coming from BB world, it's a great step fwd.