I’ll admit it right here and right now: I’m impressed.
According to a USA Today, pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhone 4S on AT&T’s network climbed to a staggering 200,000 within the first 12 hours of opening the pre-order window around midnight Pacific time on Friday. No word on the pre-order numbers taken by competitors Sprint-Nextel and Verizon, which also started accepting preorders at the same time.
I’m not the only one impressed, either. News of the massive demand for the new iPhone shocked AT&T shareholders as well, causing the price of AT&T stock to climb 10 cents from $28.60 during after-market trading and 3 cents during regular trading sessions.
Pricing for the iPhone 4S 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB will be $199, $299, and $399 respectively and is slated for release on October 14th.
Update: Apple has published a press release today reporting that iPhone 4S orders topped 1 million in the first 24 hours, surpassing the single-day record of 600,000 set by the iPhone 4.