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Monday, October 17, 2011

iPhone 4S sells 4 million in first weekend

Aplle sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S smartphones since its launch three days ago, making a sales record for the device.

Over the weekend, the company sold more than twice the 1.7 million iPhone 4s that it sold during last year's opening weekend, though the numbers are a bit skewed: This year's iPhone was simultaneously launched in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, while last year's launch did not include Australia and Canada.

Also in the United States, the iPhone launched on multiple carriers for the first time. The iPhone 4S is also the first iPhone to be available on the Sprint network. Verizon previously sold the iPhone 4, but the device launched exclusively on AT&T.

"IPhone 4S is off to a great start," Philip Schiller, Apple's head of marketing, said in a prepared statement. "IPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever."

More than 25 million customers have downloaded or purchased a device with iOS 5, the new mobile software that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

The new iPhone appears physically the same as the iPhone 4, but the guts are improved: it features a new, faster processor called the A5, which debuted in the iPad 2. It also includes a better, 8-megapixel camera, an improved antenna, and Siri, the new voice command software that's billed as an on-board personal assistant.

About 250 people waited 90 minutes before the iPhone have started to be sold. Maybe the rainy weather in New York was to blame.

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