It's the headline we all expected. On the day of launch for the new iPhone 4S, Apple fans have come pouring into their nearest Apple store all over the world to get their hands on the hottest new smartphone in mobile today.
In addition to the plethora of readers we've connected with about their experiences with long lines today, the Wall Street Journal has taken a macro-look at the iPhone 4S launch today, which suggests that global turnout is strong. From London and New York to Japan and even Australia, many Apple stores were cleaned out of their iPhone 4S inventory before late morning had arrived.
Apple has already said first-day preorders for the iPhone 4S, which began a week ago, topped one million units, beating the company's own expectation and sales for earlier models. Smartphones are not only one of the fastest-growing parts of the technology sector, but have since 2007 also become Apple's single-largest product category.
According to the WSJ report today, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates Apple will sell 25 million handsets in the current quarter - three million more units than were sold in the last quarter. All told, the iPhone 4S will be good for business. And next Tuesday, we'll get a better look at just how good business has been to Apple of late as the company announces its latest quarterly earnings.
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