When Apple first announced the iPhone 4S there was some disappointment in some quarters as it was looked at just a slightly upgraded iPhone 4. This hasn’t stopped the handset being highly sort after though with the handset breaking records for early preorders. Despite some early teething troubles demand for the handset remains high as the iPhone 4S preorders sell out in Hong Kong and other areas.
The iPhone 4S will become available in a variety of countries this week and according to AppleInsider the device sold out of preorders in ten minutes in Hong Kong. This Friday will also see the iPhone 4S launch in fourteen other countries as well.
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Brian White analyst with Ticonderoga Securities said the demand for the device bodes well for Apple’s expansion plans in the region. He added “we expect the 4S to reach Mainland China in December”. Earlier concerns the Siri software would hold the device back as it doesn’t support Cantonese or Mandarin are unfounded.
The Chinese economy is growing rapidly and with over a billion people, will be a big part in Apple’s continued growth. Meanwhile the device remains in hot demand in other parts of the world, as reports are suggesting Apple stores run out of stock on a daily basis. It has been found that checks with thirty retail stores found that around ninety percent run out of stock daily.
Chris Whitmore of Deutsche Bank said staff at the Apple Stores are telling consumers to make an online appointment to pick up a device at stores that have stock. It was noted though that stores were receiving regular stock refreshes of the device.
The online Apple Store is still showing a shipping time of one to two weeks, and checks with carriers in the US found stock levels to be “more sporadic”. Have you recently purchased the iPhone 4S?