More than 1 million of the new phones were preordered in the first 24 hours, eclipsing the previous record of 600,000 single-day pre-orders set by the iPhone 4, Apple said this morning.
In a statement, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the preorders were “the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched.”
This is the first iPhone to be launched on three major U.S. wireless carriers, with Sprint joining AT&T and Verizon in offering the device. AT&T previously announced that it registered 200,000 preorders in the first 12 hours of availability.
Preorders for the iPhone 4S began on Friday, capping a tumultuous week for the company.
Although the exterior of the iPhone 4S is the same as the existing iPhone 4, the technology inside has been given a significant overhaul, with a better processor, faster graphics, an 8 megapixel camera, better battery life, and the new Siri voice-controlled intelligent assistant, among other improvements.