Apple has issued a statement announcing that they have had their best iPhone pre-order launch ever, selling more than one million units of the new iPhone 4S within the first 24 hours.
That’s roughly 694 iPhone pre-orders per minute and almost 12 pre-orders every second. This beats last year’s iPhone 4 launch, which brought in only 600,000 pre-orders in the first day. Apple also mentioned that not only did the iPhone 4S exceed the previous sales record of any Apple smartphone, but it’s the best launch of any Apple hardware product ever.
The iPhone 4S was announced last Tuesday, the day before Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer. Pre-orders went live that Friday.
Even though the initial announcement of Apple’s new smartphone was a disappointment for many people, the additional speed boosts and the addition of Siri personal assistant was just enough to reel in a large number of consumers, over one million of them so far.
While Apple has the good news, some iPhone 4S buyers are receiving the bad news, with a wait time now of “one to two weeks” after release. You’ll also obviously be able to head over to one of Apple’s 245 stores worldwide to pick up the new iPhone, but still be prepared to wait, since lines have already begun forming outside some stores.
According to Reuters, Wall Street analysts are expecting Apple to sell around 27 million to 28 million iPhones in Q4.
The iPhone 4S hits store shelves at 8am on October 14th for AT&T, Verizon and for the first time, Sprint.