iPhone 4S Hitting Stores On October 14th - Confirmed By Apple Japan
The iPhone 4S was revealed a little bit ahead of the keynote today - originally mentioned being available on October 14 on Apple's Ginza, Japan retail store page with two images labeled "iPhone 4S" appeared on the Apple Store servers.The images seem to be fairly interesting as they show what looks essentially just like an iPhone 4 running iOS 5, but the antenna design is the same as the CDMA version with the ambient light sensor being faintly visible on the black model (it's been invisible on previous iPhone 4 photos).
According to the blurb that appeared on Apple's Ginza retail store page, the iPhone 4S launch will begin at 8 a.m. on that blessed Friday morning. Last year the iPhone was announced on June 7, went up for pre-orders on June 15, and launched in-store on June 24. Based on this, we assume the pre-orders will begin Friday morning, October 7. It's tough to speculate based on history though since Apple is clearly changing things up so much this year with multiple phones being announced at a fall event, either way we'll be finding out soon enough!
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Source: Apple (Japan)