Apple Says Million New iPhones Ordered on First Day

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Apple technology company in the U.S. says that more than one million of its new iPhone 4S models were ordered on the first day the smartphone was available.

Online and telephone orders for the latest version of Apple's line of smartphones started in the predawn hours Friday. The company said Monday that commitments for the new phones — at a cost of $199 to $399 — easily topped its previous first-day sales order record of 600,000 for the current iPhone 4 model.

Financial analysts attributed part of the sales boost to the death last week of former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, and the widespread tributes about his life that followed from around the world.

The iPhone 4S has a faster microprocessor embedded in it, a higher-resolution camera and voice-activated software. Apple's retail stores plan to start selling it on Friday, but many of the early orders were placed through the three largest U.S. cellphone carriers, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel.