The iPhone 4S may not have been the iPhone 5 many were hoping for, but it appears to be popular with consumers, as The Wall Street Journal reports over 1 million units were preordered in the first day.
If true, 1 million preorders in a single day would top Apple’s previous record of 600,000 preorders placed in a single day when the iPhone 4 was released. At least part of that boost could be attributed to the fact that Apple added Sprint as a carrier partner when it unveiled the 4S last week.
AT&T released a statement on Friday saying it had received 200,000 preorders in the first 12 hours that it was accepting orders for the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 4S officially launches on Friday, Oct. 14, while the company’s new iCloud product and iOS 5 operating system launch on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The 4S received a tepid response when it was unveiled. The first device Apple has unveiled under the direction of new CEO Tim Cook looks identical to the iPhone 4 and lacks support for LTE or WiMAX networks. Upgrades include an 8-megapixel camera and a dual-core processor, as well as “world phone” connectivity on both CDMA and GSM networks.