And — the mice buttons are clicking madly at Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T online stores, as well as Apple’s own online store. The iPhone 4S went on pre-sale on Oct. 7, with first deliveries scheduled for Oct. 14.
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[Notably, it’s possible some deliveries might arrive early. While Apple had, in the past, tried to sync deliveries with retail store availability, that was not the case in 2010.]
In addition, aside from the carriers involved in Apple, both Radio Shack and Best Buy have begun sending past customers emails noting that they, as well, will have the iPhone 4S, and that you can pre-order there, too.
The iPhone 4S was, to some who were expecting an iPhone 5, somewhat underwhelming. The device is basically an iPhone 4, and while the S hasn’t been specified, it could in fact mean Speed, as it did in the iPhone 3G to 3GS upgrade. The iPhone 4S’ biggest improvement is the new A5 processor.
The fact that the device is now one set of hardware across CDMA / GSM networks is also significant. However, it’s not as though you will be swapping devices from Verizon to Sprint to AT&T (more on that in a separate post).
The rear-facing camera has been upgraded to 8MP and 1080p recording. The front-facing camera is still VGA which lags a lot of competitors.
As far as RAM goes, once again Apple did not specify an amount. We’re guessing they didn’t upgrade the specs on RAM, leaving it at 512MB, but that’s still just a guess.
Pricing didn’t change but Apple did add another storage tier: 64GB. The device is available in 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299) and 64GB ($399) versions. Those prices are all on contract, naturally.
It will be interesting to see how quickly Apple will sell out of these. Although reaction was muted from many, we’d expect Apple to have no trouble selling the iPhone 4S, anyway.
Other things we’ll be watching closely: how well the iPhone 3GS “sells,” now that it’s free on contract. We’ll also be interested in watching how the new Sprint iPhone 4 and 4S sell. Although it was believed by some (not us) the the Verizon iPhone 4 would seriously hurt Android phone sales, it seems that has not been the case.
What say you readers? Will you be buying an iPhone 4S? As we said earlier, if you have an iPhone 4, we’d recommend waiting for the iPhone 5; with the exception of Siri, there’s not a compelling reason to pay the full price you might have to if you’re not eligible for an upgrade.