Apple iPhone 4S: 4 million in sales in first weekend

Apple sold more than four million iPhone 4S smartphones in the first weekend, more than double the amount for its predecessor, the iPhone 4.

Call it a feat of Jobsian proportions.

Apple on Monday announced that it sold more than four million iPhone 4S smartphones in the first weekend. It arrived on Oct. 14 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan.

It's the highest tally to date for the popular device, more than double the amount seen during launch weekend for the iPhone 4 and "the most ever for a phone," the Cupertino, Calif.-based company claims.

A few more data points from Apple:

  • To date, 25 million users are using its iOS 5 mobile operating system.
  • 20 million users have signed up for iCloud, the company's cloud-based media sharing service portfolio.

The iPhone 4S will be available in 22 more countries on Oct. 28 and another 70 countries by the end of the year, preparing Apple for a strong holiday (and Q4) showing.

Will natural speech recognition and a $199 entry price convince consumers to put an iPhone beneath the holiday tree? Only time will tell.

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