All Things D
Last Tuesday, Apple presented a new iPhone to society, and as usual, locals and strangers were predicting its failure to meet expectations that, also as usual, were not exactly realistic in most points. Now, the US operator AT&T announces that it has received more than 200,000 orders for the iPhone 4S in just the first 12 hours of enabling reservations for the terminal.
The company is advertising the iPhone 4S as a 4G device even though it is not really a 4G device, because although it does not meet the LTE standard, it does reach 4G speeds thanks to the use of HSDPA technology, supporting the same 14.4 Mbps download and 5.8 Mbps upload of other terminals such as the Motorola Atrix 4G, the LG Thrill 4G or the HTC Inspire 4G… which even carry the term in their name! That’s why AT&T has even claimed to be working with Apple to have the iPhone display the 4G callsign in the coverage bar when using their HSPA+ network.
Returning to the subject of sales, both Verizon and Sprint also appear to be making a killing on iPhone 4S bookings and Sprint’s vice president of product development, Fared Adib, has stated that first-day sales and customer interest is far exceeding expectations.
Everything seems to point to the fact that the best iPhone to date is a guaranteed success. However, before the northern background launches into comments about the true reasons for its success, stop to think that the iPhone 4S is not a phone aimed at iPhone 4 users, but at those of previous generations and, especially, those who do not yet have one. Changing a high-end terminal a year seems to me to be totally valid, but it is not the norm for most mortals.