One week after the iPhone 4S debuted to record sales in the United States and in limited availability around the globe (Canada, Australia, the U.K., France, Germany, Japan), today a new group of countries will get their first shot at preordering the long-awaited new Apple smartphone.
Beginning this morning, preorders for the iPhone 4S commenced in 22 new countries. By the close of October, a grand total of 29 countries will call the iPhone 4S home. The latest lands to get the device include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Once again highlighting the annual phenomenon of demand outpacing supply, the estimated shipping time on orders placed in these new countries range from one to two weeks. In the U.S., the iPhone 4S is already off to the best start of any new iPhone. During the device's first three days of availability, four million units were sold.
"I'm confident that we will set an all-time record for iPhones this quarter," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook predicted earlier this week during his company's latest quarterly earnings call. Consequently, Apple believes it will rake in approximately $37 billion in revenue during the holiday shopping season alone.