Over 1 million consumers in 7 countries ordered Apple Inc’s newest phone, the iPhone 4S, in the 1st day, beating the company’s preceding record in spite of complaints from fans when the product was unveiled.
Apple said on Monday that iPhone 4S pre-orders from Friday surpassed its earlier one-day record of 600,000 sales for last year’s model, the iPhone 4.
Preorders underway about a day after Apple announced the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. Analysts said last week that several consumers could buy the device to honour the technology industry icon.
In US, three carriers are selling the latest phone, with Sprint Nextel joining AT&T Inc and Verizon Wireless as an iPhone seller for 1st time.
AT&T said on Friday that 4S was its most winning iPhone introduction ever. The company, which had elite US rights to sell iPhone for over 3 years, took over 200,000 preorders for the 4S in 1st 12 hours alone.
The phone will strike stores in 7 countries are United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and UK on Friday. It will be available in 22 countries by the end of October, Apple said.