The pundits were right again. The iPhone 4S was clearly a big mistake for Apple. Wait…
You know the lame new iPhone 4S? The one that almost every tech writer called “disappointing,” or “not a real upgrade.” The iPhone that “only” added a great-seeming new camera, a way faster brain and a startlingly clever AI assistant? Well, Apple shifted four million of them in three days.
To put that in perspective, the iPhone 4 sold 1.7 million handsets in its launch weekend, and the original iPhone took 74 days to reach the one million mark.
In addition, Apple’s figures say that iOS 5 has already been installed by 25 million people, and that 20 million of them have signed up for iCloud. That last isn’t too surprising, given that the iOS 5 update prompts you to sign up for iCloud as part of the setup process.
20 million new iCloud users also explains the slowdowns to some of Apple’s online services at the end of last week. In fact, given the amount of data going through its servers as people made their fist iCloud backups and Photo Stream syncs, it’s amazing the service held up at all. I guess that the giant North Carolina data center works OK.
Apple doesn’t mention it — of course — but I have a feeling that the later-than-usual shipping date of the iPhone 4S had to do with stockpiling enough new handsets for launch. Even so, the Apple Store is currently showing a wait of 1-2 weeks for new orders. And that’s before the faster-than-usual international roll out starting on October 28th.