This past Friday, October 7, 2011, Apple began allowing customers to place pre-orders for the iPhone 4S, the company’s next-generation iPhone model that features an improved camera, the A5 processor chip already found in the iPad, and Siri, a personal assistant built into iOS.б═
According to Apple’s U.S. online store, any pre-orders made for the iPhone 4S from this point on will be shipping in 1-2 weeks, meaning that the company has sold out of units. In addition, that means customers who will be placing pre-orders now should not expect to see their iPhone 4S until after Friday, October 14, 2011, the initial shipping date of the device.
Following this news, according to CNET,б═AT&T is currently reporting that it saw 200,000 pre-orders of the iPhone 4S alone (the device is also available on Sprint and Verizon Wireless). This number reflects sales placed in the first 12 hours of availability – we’re now reaching 48 hours of availability, so the number is likely higher now.б═
Finally, Sprint is listing on its website that the iPhone 4S in the 16 GB capacity is sold out. The 32 GB and 64 GB model are still available, however.б═
For comparison, Apple announced last year that it saw 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in one day.б═